Significance of Burrowing Structures in the Origin of Convoluted Laminae


THE origin of convoluted laminae in sedimentary sequences has long been disputed1–6. The two major hypotheses for the origin of convoluted laminae are: (1) deformation by current drag1,2, and (2) deformation by subsequent loading6. Exceptionally well-exposed strata of Miocene age, containing convoluted laminae and burrowing structures formed by mud-feeding organisms, occur at Kaiti Beach, near Gisborne, North Island, New Zealand. The relationship between the burrows and the convolutions presents a new line of evidence regarding the origin of convoluted laminae.

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GHENT, E., HENDERSON, R. Significance of Burrowing Structures in the Origin of Convoluted Laminae. Nature 207, 1286–1287 (1965).

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