Geologica Belgica Geologica Belgica -  volume 5 (2002)  number 3-4 

THE LOWER PALAEOZOIC STRATIGRAPHY AND SEDIMENTOLOGY OF THE BRABANT MASSIF IN THE DYLE AND ORNEAU VALLEYS AND OF THE CONDROZ INLIER AT FOSSES: AN EXCURSION GUIDEBOOK

Alain HERBOSCH

Département des Sciences de la Terre et de l'Environnement, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 50 Avenue F. Roosevelt, CP'160/02, B-1050 Bruxelles.Belgium

Jacques VERNIERS

Department of Geology and Soil science, Research Unit of Palaeontology, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281 building S8, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium

Timothy N. DEBACKER

Department of Geology and Soil science, Research Unit of Palaeontology, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281 building S8, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium

Bruno BILLIAERT

Department of Geology and Soil science, Research Unit of Palaeontology, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281 building S8, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium

Stijn DE SCHEPPER

Department of Geology and Soil science, Research Unit of Palaeontology, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281 building S8, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium

Marcel BELMANS

Department of Geology and Soil science, Research Unit of Palaeontology, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281 building S8, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium

Abstract

ABSTRACT. The excursion guidebook describes in an introduction the Brabant Massif and the Condroz Inlier in its tectonic and palaeogeographic context during the Cambrian to Lower Devonian. The excursion describes the main Lower Palaeozoic lithostratigraphic units, their sedimentology, fossil content and structures present in the Brabant Massif, in a north-south transsect using two parallel valleys: the Dyle-Thyle valleys (Cambrian and Ordovician) and the Orneau valley (Ordovician and Silurian). Contrasting lithostratigraphic units, sedimentology, fossil content and structures are shown in the Condroz Inlier, in its western extremity, where two structural units are present: the cen­tral Condroz part and the Puagne Inlier. A new relative dating and a local biozonation, both with chitinozoans, are presented of (parts of) the Corroy, Fumal and Vichenet formations in the Brabant Massif and of the Vitrival-Bruyère, Fosses, Génicot formations and the base of the Criptia Group in the Condroz Inlier. Sedimentological and biostrati-graphical arguments are proposed that may indicate that the Génicot Formation was deposited just before, during and just after the Hirnantian (latest Ordovician) glaciation. This means the first indication of the presence of the latter in Belgium.

To cite this article

Alain HERBOSCH, Jacques VERNIERS, Timothy N. DEBACKER, Bruno BILLIAERT, Stijn DE SCHEPPER & Marcel BELMANS, «THE LOWER PALAEOZOIC STRATIGRAPHY AND SEDIMENTOLOGY OF THE BRABANT MASSIF IN THE DYLE AND ORNEAU VALLEYS AND OF THE CONDROZ INLIER AT FOSSES: AN EXCURSION GUIDEBOOK», Geologica Belgica [En ligne], volume 5 (2002), number 3-4, 71-143 URL : https://popups.ulg.ac.be/1374-8505/index.php?id=2079.