Discovery of Upper Oligocene Lower Miocene brown coal deposits (Kosh-Agach formation) in the Dzhazator River valley (Southeastern Russian Altai) : Neotectonic and paleogeographical aspects

Agatova, A. R.; Nepop, R. K.; Rudaya, N. A.; Khazina, I. V.; Zhdanova, A. N.; Bronnikova, M. A.; Uspenskaya, O. N.; Zazovskaya, E. P.; Ovchinnikov, I. Y.; Panov, V. S.; Shurygin, B. N.

Doklady. Earth Sciences 475(2): 854-857


ISSN/ISBN: 1028-334X
DOI: 10.1134/s1028334x17080104
Accession: 064978568

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Results of complex paleontological and geochemical analysis are reported for a new locality of the Upper Oligocene–Lower Miocene Kosh-Agach carbonaceous formation in the Dzhazator River valley. This find specifies the scales of lacustrine–marsh sedimentation at the end of the Paleogene and beginning of the Neogene, as well as the character and amplitude of post-Neogene neotectonic movements in the southeastern highest mountain part of Russian Altai. Systematic rejuvenation of the radiocarbon age of the sequences studied, which has been established for the first time in Altai, is related to influx of young carbon during the subsequent complex geological history. This fact is of great importance for deciphering the chronology of Pleistocene glacial–dammed lakes in the intermontane basins of Altai and Tuva, the erosion zone of which spanned exhumed Tertiary deposits.