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Egger H.,Geological Survey of Austria | Briguglio A.,University of Brunei Darussalam | Rogl F.,Naturhistorisches Museum Wien
Newsletters on Stratigraphy | Year: 2017

One of the thickest Eocene sedimentary records in the Eastern Alps occurs in the Reichenhall Basin of the Northern Calcareous Alps, a detached part of the Adriatic Plate. Although the Ypresian and Lutetian deep-water deposits in the Reichenhall Basin have already been combined into the Nierental Formation of the Gosau Group, the overlying Bartonian to Priabonian deposits have not been lithostratigraphically formalized until now. This younger part of the succession shows a two-fold subdivision, with a deep-water and a shallow-water facies indicating syn-sedimentary differential vertical displacements of tectonic blocks. This caused subaerial exposure and erosion of local topographic highs, while basinal areas underwent continuous subsidence and sediment accumulation. Biostratigraphic constraints suggest that block-faulting began in the late Lutetian at c. 42 million years ago (Ma) and this event is interpreted to reflect the onset of the collision between the Adriatic and European Plates. After denudation, a transgression occurred on some of the up-lifted blocks in the early Bartonian. The base of this transgressive sequence is within Shallow Benthic Zone SBZ17 and at the transition of orthophragminids Zones OZ12 and OZ13 (c. 40.5 Ma-40 Ma). The lower part of the sequence consists of shallow-water limestone (Kirchholz Formation, nom. Nov.) and the upper part of siliciclastic deposits (Hallthurm Formation, nom. Nov.). Coeval deposition in the basinal areas was dominated by mass-flow sedimentation of reworked intrabasinal Triassic to Lutetian components derived from the flanks of the topographic highs. These deposits (Marzoll Formation, nom. Nov.) are interpreted to be submarine slope aprons, that flanked fault-controlled block margins. The Bartonian to Priabonian deposits of the Reichenhall Basin are considered to be the oldest part of the "Inneralpine Molasse", for which the lithostratigraphically correct term Inntal Group (nom. Nov.) is proposed and defined. This group comprises Bartonian to Chattian marine and terrestrial deposits of the Northern Calcareous Alps. © 2016 Gebrüder Borntraeger.

Starnberger R.,University of Innsbruck | Drescher-Schneider R.,University of Graz | Reitner J.M.,Geological Survey of Austria | Rodnight H.,University of Innsbruck | And 2 more authors.
Quaternary Science Reviews | Year: 2013

Drill cores from the inner-alpine valley terrace of Unterangerberg, located in the Eastern Alps of Austria, offer first insights into a Pleistocene sedimentary record that was not accessible so far. The succession comprises diamict, gravel, sand, lignite and thick, fine grained sediments. Additionally, cataclastic deposits originating from two paleo-landslide events are present. Multi-proxy analyses including sedimentological and palynological investigations as well as radiocarbon and luminescence data record the onset of the last glacial period (Würmian) at Unterangerberg at ~120-110 ka. This first time period, correlated to the MIS 5d, was characterised by strong fluvial aggradation under cold climatic conditions, with only sparse vegetation cover. Furthermore, two large and quasi-synchronous landslide events occurred during this time interval. No record of the first Early Würmian interstadial (MIS 5c) is preserved. During the second Early Würmian interstadial (MIS 5a), the local vegetation was characterised by a boreal forest dominated by Picea, with few thermophilous elements. The subsequent collapse of the vegetation is recorded by sediments dated to ~70-60 ka (i.e. MIS 4), with very low pollen concentrations and the potential presence of permafrost. Climatic conditions improved again between ~55 and 45 ka (MIS 3) and cold-adapted trees re-appeared during interstadials, forming an open forest vegetation. MIS 3 stadials were shorter and less severe than the MIS 4 at Unterangerberg, and vegetation during these cold phases was mainly composed of shrubs, herbs and grasses, similar to what is known from today's alpine timberline. The Unterangerberg record ended at ~45 ka and/or was truncated by ice during the Last Glacial Maximum. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Kim J.-H.,Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources | Supper R.,Geological Survey of Austria | Tsourlos P.,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | Yi M.-J.,Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources
Geophysical Journal International | Year: 2013

A new 4-D inversion algorithm is developed so that any data misfits and model roughness in the space and time domains can be selectively minimized, in terms of either the L1 norm or the L2 norm. This study is motivated by the experience that a 4-D inversion adopting full L2 norm minimization may sometimes result in a model that is too smoothly varying with time. It is further encouraged by the realization that a particular criterion of either L1 or L2 norm cannot be universally optimal for accurately reconstructing the subsurface condition. In addition, we try to overcome difficulties of jointly choosing two optimal regularization parameters in space and time domains. To achieve this, we devise automatic determination methods, not only of the Lagrangian multipliers for the space-domain smoothness constraint, but also of the regularization parameter for penalizing the model roughness along the time axis. Both kinds of regularization parameters are actively updated at each iteration, according to variations in data misfit and model roughness. We conducted inversion experiments using synthetic and field monitoring data to test the proposed algorithms, and further to compare the performance of L1 and L2 norm minimizations. Both the synthetic and field data experiments demonstrated that the proposed automatic determination method produced ground changes that were more similar to the true changes than those of approaches using pre-determined parameter values. Inversion experiments showed that L1 normminimization of the time-domain roughness could reduce the problem of overly smooth model changes when the subsurface changes are locally confined, but that the L2 norm approach would be more reasonable when the changes are expected to be widespread. © The Authors 2013. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society.

Zuschin M.,University of Vienna | Harzhauser M.,Natural History Museum Vienna | Hengst B.,University of Vienna | Mandic O.,Natural History Museum Vienna | Roetzel R.,Geological Survey of Austria
Geology | Year: 2014

The question of ecosystem stability is central to ecology and paleoecology and is of particular importance for estuaries, which are environmentally highly variable, considered as geologically short lived, and among the most degraded modern ecosystems of our planet. Understanding their ecological dynamics over geological time scales requires paleontological data in a sequence stratigraphic framework, which allows evaluation of paleocommunity dynamics in an environmental context. A 445-m-thick estuarine succession in a satellite basin of the Vienna Basin (Austria) shows continuous sedimentation over 700 k.y. and can be divided into two transgressive systems tracts and a highstand systems tract. In contrast to expectations, no major physical disturbances of the ecosystem involving abrupt changes in diversity and biofacies composition occurred at fl ooding surfaces and at the sequence boundary. Accommodation space remained remarkably constant over the depositional history of the basin, and all changes between depositional environments were therefore more or less gradational. Biotic change along the studied succession can be described as a gradual faunal replacement in response to habitat tracking, a process also reported for some normal marine shelf environments. Benthic assemblages in the estuarine succession were strongly dominated by a few taxa and developed along two indirect gradients, water depth and hydrodynamic energy. These gradients show subtle long-term trends, corresponding to the sequence stratigraphic architecture. Tectonics affected the sequence architecture in this particular marginal marine setting: it controlled accommodation space and sedimentary input, and provided stable boundary conditions over hundreds of thousands of years. Our study demonstrates for the fi rst time that estuaries, which are under great environmental pressure today, are resilient to natural environmental perturbations and can persist over geological time scales. © 2013 Geological Society of America.

Hohenegger J.,University of Vienna | Coric S.,Geological Survey of Austria | Wagreich M.,University of Vienna
Geologica Carpathica | Year: 2014

A new and precisely defined chronometric subdivision of the Badenian (Middle Miocene, regional stage of Central Paratethys) is proposed. This uses global events, mainly geomagnetic polarity reversals as correlated chronometric boundaries, supported by climatic and sea-level changes in addition to isotope events and biostratigraphic data. The Karpatian/ Badenian boundary lies at 16.303 Ma, at the top of Chron C5Cn.2n, which is near the base of the Praeorbulina sicana Lowest-occurrence Zone (LOZ). The Badenian/Sarmatian boundary is placed at the top of polarity Chron C5Ar.2n, thus at 12.829 Ma. In relation to three sea level cycles TB 2.3, TB 2.4 and TB 2.5 and astronomically confirmed data, the Badenian can be divided into three parts of nearly equivalent duration. The Early Badenian as newly defined here ranges from 16.303 to 15.032 Ma (top of polarity Chron C5Bn.2n). The younger boundary correlates roughly to the base of the planktonic foraminifera Orbulina suturalis LOZ at 15.10 Ma, the HO (Highest Occurrence) of the nannofossil Helicosphaera ampliaperta at 14.91 Ma (NN4/NN5 boundary) and the Lan2/Ser1 sequence boundary at 14.80 Ma. The subsequent Mid Badenian ranges from 15.032 Ma to 13.82 Ma; the latter datum correlates with the base of the Serravallian, characterized by a strong global cooling event reflected in the oxygen isotope event Mi3b. The main part of cycle TB 2.4 falls into the Mid Badenian, which can be subdivided by a short cooling event at 14.24 Ma during the Middle Miocene Climate Transition (14.70 to 13.82 Ma). The HCO (Highest common occurrence) of the nannofossil Helicosphaera waltrans at 14.357 Ma supports this division, also seen in the tropical plankton Zones M6 Orbulina suturalis LOZ and M7 Fohsella peripheroacuta LOZ that correspond roughly to the lower and upper Lagenidae zones in the Vienna Basin, respectively. The Late Badenian is delimited in time at the base to 13.82 Ma by the Langhian/Serravallian boundary and at the top by the top of polarity Chron C5Ar.2n at 12.829 Ma. The Mediterranean Langhian/Serravallian boundary can be equated with the Mid/Late Badenian boundary at 13.82 Ma. However, the Karpatian/Badenian boundary at 16.303 Ma, a significant event easily recognizable in biostratigraphy, paleoclimate evolution and sequence stratigraphy, cannot be equated with the proposed global Burdigalian/Langhian, and thus Early/Middle Miocene boundary, at 15.974 Ma.

Rogl F.,Museum of Natural History | Egger H.,Geological Survey of Austria
Geology | Year: 2010

The initial appearance of the planktonic foraminiferal genus Hantkenina has been used for about fifty years to recognize the base of the Lutetian and middle Eocene. However, probably as a result of incomplete stratigraphic records, discrepant ranges of Hantkenina have been reported by various investigators at many Eocene sections. Here we report the first complete evolutionary transition from Clavigerinella to Hantkenina, from the northwestern Tethyan deep-water section at Holzhäusl (Salzburg, Austria). A newly discovered species, Hantkenina nov. sp., is the link between Clavigerinella caucasica and Hantkenina mexicana. This finding unequivocally heralds the initial entry of Hantkenina, which is correlated to the upper part of calcareous nannoplankton Subzone NP15b (Sullivania gigas Subzone), to be defined. This indicates a mismatch of ∼4.5 m.y. between the base of the Lutetian at the type locality, which has been placed within Sub-zone NP14b, and the first appearance datum of Hantkenina. Consequently, the first occurrence of Hantkenina can no longer be used as a marker for the base of the middle Eocene. © 2010 Geological Society of America.

Ahl A.,Geological Survey of Austria | Bieber G.,Geological Survey of Austria
Near Surface Geophysics | Year: 2010

The interpretation of airborne gamma-ray data is considerably complicated by the attenuating effects of vegetation. In order to correct these effects we used simultaneously measured laser altimeter data to characterize the vegetation cover. To describe the attenuation effect and correct its consequences on gamma-ray data we used a simple model of exponential absorption of monoenergetic gamma-ray photons by an attenuating medium. The determination of the corresponding linear attenuation coefficients for potassium (K), uranium (U) and thorium (Th) is based on data from an airborne geophysical survey in Austria. © 2010 European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers.

Baron I.,Geological Survey of Austria | Baron I.,Brno University of Technology | Beckovsky D.,Brno University of Technology | Mica L.,Brno University of Technology
Landslides | Year: 2014

We present a new approach for mapping open cracks and tension fractures within rock slope instabilities and rock cliffs, which resides in high-resolution ground-based and airborne infrared thermography (IRT). The method is restricted to cold seasons, and its utility is demonstrated through three examples from the Flysch Belt of the Outer West Carpathians (rockslides at Kopce Hill and Mt. Kněhyně) and from the Northern Calcareous Alps (deep-seated gravitational slope deformations in Gschliefgraben/Mt. Traunstein). The approach is based on a contrast between temperatures deep within the rock mass, which at a depth of few meters represent local mean annual values, and winter-time temperatures of the ground surface. In winter, warmer, buoyant air from depth rises to the ground surface through open cracks and joints, and the temperature contrast can be detected by IRT. Our test survey was conducted in the beginning of February 2012, in order to achieve the best contrast between temperatures around open tension cracks and the adjacent ground. For temperature sensing, we used a FLIR B360 thermal camera; for airborne surveys in the ambient air, temperatures at the time of our surveys ranged from approximately -19 to -7 °C. IRT results conclusively revealed the presence of open cracks, loosened rock zones, and pseudo-karst caves over a distance sometimes greater than 1 km. The IRT approach proved useful for rapidly assessing the distribution of open cracks and tension fractures, key information required for assessing rockfall and rockslide hazard. © 2012 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Grasemann B.,University of Vienna | Schneider D.A.,University of Ottawa | Stockli D.F.,University of Texas at Austin | Iglseder C.,Geological Survey of Austria
Lithosphere | Year: 2012

Current models for Miocene backarc extension of the Aegean region generally suggest that stretching was accommodated mainly by NE-dipping low-angle normal faults with N to NE sense of shear. A crustal-scale low-angle normal fault system trending over a length of more than 200 km forms the North Cycladic detachment system, which records a NE-directed normal shear sense separating the Cycladic Blueschist unit in the footwall from the Upper Cycladic unit in the hanging wall. Based on new structural field data, we propose the existence of another large-scale low-angle normal fault system, the West Cycladic detachment system, which is exposed on Kea, Kythnos, and Serifos, strikes over a length of at least 100 km, and has a possible extension to the SE, where the existence of a South Cycladic detachment system has been recently postulated. The West Cycladic detachment system shares many similarities with the North Cycladic detachment system, with the notable exception that the structure dips toward the SW with top-to-the-SSW kinematics. New 40Ar/39Ar and U-Th/He thermochronological data suggest that the West Cycladic detachment system accommodated extension throughout the Miocene. Since both the North and the West Cycladic detachment systems were active until the late Miocene but exhibit opposing shear sense, we propose that a large part of the stretching of the Aegean crust was accommodated by these two bivergent crustal-scale detachment systems. © 2012 Geological Society of America.

Chen W.-Q.,Medical University of Vienna | Priewalder H.,Geological Survey of Austria | John J.P.P.,Medical University of Vienna | Lubec G.,Medical University of Vienna
Proteomics | Year: 2010

Although silk is used to produce textiles and serves as a valuable biomaterial in medicine, information on silk proteins of the cocoon is limited. Scanning electron microscopy was applied to morphologically characterise the sample and the solubility of cocoon in lithium thiocyanate and 2-DE was carried out with multi-enzyme in-gel digestion followed by MS identification of silk-peptides. High-sequence coverage of the silk cocoon proteins fibroin light and heavy chain, sericins and fibrohexamerins was revealed and PTMs as heavy phosphorylation of silk fibroin heavy chain; lysine hydroxylation and Lys->allysine formation have been observed providing evidence for lysine-mediated cross linking of silk as found in collagens, which has not been reported so far. Tyrosine oxidation verified the presence of dityrosine cross links. A high degree of sequence conflicts probably representing single-nucleotide polymorphisms was observed. PTM and sequence conflicts may be modulating structure and physicochemical properties of silk. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

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