Commune: Andrychów (pow. wadowicki, woj. małopolskie)

Framework element or context represented:
Stratigraphy and tectonics of marginal northern zone of the Carpathians.

Primary geological/geomorphological interest:
Andrychów Klippen Succession - olistholites surrounded by flysch.

Comparative assessment justification:
The most complete sequence of shallow marine carbonate deposits of the Andrychów Klippen Succession. Fragments of this succession outcrop in Inwałd (protected site), Roczyny and Pańska Góra.

Protection status and accessibility:
Nature monument (1964) well accessible for study along the stream (200 m long section).

Character of site: Natural outcrop.

Area: 0.4 ha

Altitude: 340 m a.s.l.

Lithology: other siliceous rocks, limestones, marls, shales

Discipline: Palaeobiology, Palaeoenvironment, Stratigraphy of Phanerozoic

Process Age: *all periods

Bedrock Age: Paleogene, Cretaceous, Jurassic, *all periods

Description of primary interest:
The outcrop along the Wieprzówka Stream is an unique site representing the Andrychów Klippen Succession and its tectonic contact with Silesian and Sub-Silesian Units of flysch Carpathians. The Andrychów Klippen Succession is represented by olistholites composed of white limestones with cherts (Štramberk - type) of Oxfordian and Tytonian age. They contain a reletivery rich fauna of molluscs, bryozoas, corals and other. Limestones and marls rich in foraminifera represents Upper Cretaceous period and lithothamnium limestones and black shales - Palaeocene age. These carbonate complex are strongly folded. They are overlaying on Upper Cretaceous variegated marls of the Sub-Silesian Unit and covering by Lgota Beds of the Silesian Unit. Carbonate rocks of the Andrychów Klippen Succession represent shallow-marine deposits covering the submarine ridge extending as a cordillera between sedimentary basin of the Subsilesian and the Silesian series. They evidence an important palaeogeographic element of the Baška - Inwałd Cordyliera.


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