INSTITUTO ARGENTINO DE NIVOLOGIA, GLACIOLOGIA Y CIENCIAS AMBIENTALES
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Nuevos registros de graptolitos y conodontes (Ordovícico) en las formaciones Estancia San Isidro y Empozada, quebrada San Isidro, Precordillera de Mendoza
GLADYS ORTEGA,; GUILLERMO L. ALBANESI; SUSANA E. HEREDIA; MATILDE S. BERESI
Asociación Paleontológica Argentina
Lugar: Buenos Aires; Año: 2007 vol. 44 p. 697 - 697
-.The San Isidro creek is a classical locality for the study of the Ordovician System in the Precordillera of Mendoza Province. The Estancia San Isidro and Empozada formations bear allochthonous rocks, Cambrian-Ordovician in age, within an Ordovician shaly matrix. Graptolites, conodonts, and trilobites are abundant in these units. Present contribution deals with a late Darriwilian graptolite association, which was collected from the green-greyish shaly facies of the Estancia San Isidro Formation at the northern flank of the San Isidro creek. This fauna refers to the Pterograptus elegans Zone or probably correlates with the Hustedograptus teretiusculus Zone, which was documented for other areas of the Precordillera. The graptolite assemblage is composed of diplograptids dominated by Archiclimacograptus, and a low proportion of glossograptids and dichograptids. It allows us to assign a late Darriwilian age to the event that caused the olistostromes of the Estancia San Isidro Formation. At the southern margin of the San Isidro creek, a conglomerate bed close to the top of the Estancia San Isidro Formation yielded an early Darriwilian conodont fauna, referred to as the lower Lenodus variabilis Zone or slightly older. This fauna reveals the age of clasts that make up the conglomerate. Early Floian graptolites from allochthonous shales in the basal Empozada Formation are described. Likewise, the conodont Amorphognathus cf. ordovicicus Branson and Mehl, recorded in the lower member of the Empozada Formation with graptolites of the Dicellograptus complanatus Zone, indicates a late Katian to Hirnantian age for the bearer strata.