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The Cottons Breccia (Ediacaran) and its tectonostratigraphic context within the Grassy Group, King Island, Australia: A rift-related gravity slump deposit

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Direen, NG and Jago, JB (2008) The Cottons Breccia (Ediacaran) and its tectonostratigraphic context within the Grassy Group, King Island, Australia: A rift-related gravity slump deposit. Precambrian Research, 165 (1-2). pp. 1-14. ISSN 0301-9268

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Abstract

The Cottons Breccia is part of the upper Neoproterozoic (Ediacaran: 586–572 Ma) Grassy Group, exposed on King Island, Tasmania. This formation has been widely interpreted as an unambiguous tillite, in support of tectono-climatic models that invoke catastrophic latest Neoproterozoic global glaciation. However, dissenting opinions interpret the Cottons Breccia as a tectonic breccia. In this paper,we reviewthe tectonostratigraphy of the Cottons Breccia, and the enclosing Grassy Group. We find no unambiguous evidence for a direct glacial origin, as postulated by some early workers. An interpretation of the Cottons Breccia as a deposit within half-graben in the shoulder regions of an actively developing latest Neoproterozoic volcanic rifted margin is consistent with all the available sedimentological, structural, geochronological, and tectonic evidence.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Neoproterozoic glaciations Palaeogeography Tasmania Tectonostratigraphy Volcanic rifted margins
Journal or Publication Title: Precambrian Research
Page Range: pp. 1-14
ISSN: 0301-9268
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1016/j.precamres.2008.05.008
Additional Information: The definitive version is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2010 02:54
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:12
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/10027
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