Foraminifera as environmental proxies of the Middle Miocene (Early Badenian) sediments of the Central Depression (Central Paratethys, Moravian part of the Carpathian Foredeep)


Authors: Kopecka J

Published in: Bulletin of Geosciences, volume 87, issue 3; pages: 431 - 442; Received 7 July 2011; Accepted in revised form 13 January 2012; Online 12 June 2012

Keywords: Middle Miocene, Early Badenian, Central Paratethys, Carpathian Foredeep, foraminifera, palaeoecology, Czech Republic,

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Abundance of foraminifera species in the samples of the HV-5 Rybníček core.



Middle Miocene sediments of the Central Depression have been studied based on foraminifera with a view to characterize palaeoenvironmental conditions. Rock material from HV-5 Rybniček core were used. Foraminiferal evidence indicates biostratigraphic range of the lower part of the Upper Lagenid Zone (Early Badenian–Langhian, Middle Miocene). The sediments originate from a deeper marine basin at the level of outer shelf with potential extension deeper into the bathyal realm. Bottom waters were well-oxygenated with a redox boundary a few centimeters from the sea floor which was colonized by sub- and dysoxic foraminifers. Palaeotemperature of marine water corresponds to the Miocene climatic optimum with short-time climatic oscillations of cooler climate


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