More Muschelkalk than ever – Seven pounds in twin pack
The weighty monograph covers 1256 pages in two volumes of A4 format. The 56 chapters written by 41 authors from eight countries summarise the state of the art in Muschelkalk research and offer new data. The carefully harmonised chapters have an English summary and one chapter is completely in English. With 477 colour figures and full-page tableaus plus 48 tables, the monograph is opulently illustrated.
Volume 1 describes methods and terminology, the present-day Muschelkalk outcrop, palaeogeographic structures and climate of the Middle Triassic depositional area, duration and time correlation of the Muschelkalk, and palaeobiogeographic relations with the Tethys. Historical aspects of Muschelkalk stratigraphy and palaeontology, fossil communities, trace fossils and reptile tracks have chapters of their own. In ten chapters, the biostratigraphically useful fossils are described, in the first line cephalopods, conodonts, and palynomorphs, but also other invertebrates and vertebrates. A special focus is on the formalised descriptions of the lithostratigraphic units of the Muschelkalk Group and its three subgroups with 19 formations and 45 members, and marker beds. The chapters about cycle types and cycle hierarchies and their relevance for the time calibration of the Muschelkalk and on regional facies delineate a clear idea of the dynamic of the Central European Basin and its changing sediment fillings during the Middle Triassic. Further chapters deal with geochemistry, mineralogy, isotopes, and log stratigraphy.
Volume 2 comprises 15 plus 5 chapters about the regional peculiarities of stratigraphy, facies and fossil content in the surface and subsurface Muschelkalk areas in Germany and the neighbouring countries. Series of sections, and maps, countless outcrop and facies pictures illustrate the texts. In sections and tables, the new lithostratigraphic units are correlated with the traditional units, thus facilitating the use of earlier literature. One chapter is on the Middle Triassic Tethyan stratigraphy of the Northern Calcareous Alps in Bavaria. Eventually, the Muschelkalk mineral raw materials limestone, gypsum, anhydrite, and rock salt and the building stones with their regional distribution and peculiarities are presented. The volume is finished by tables correlating the lithostratigraphic acronyms with the traditional codes used by the geological surveys, and by a comprehensive outcrop and deep boring list that provides geographic coordinates and stratigraphic data.
Text and artwork address scientists as well as the countless collectors of Muschelkalk fossils. The latter will find a plethora of data and an up to date overview of the abounding literature. A commenting research report with reference data of palaeontological Muschelkalk literature after Martin Schmidt‘s Lebewelt unserer Trias will also be welcome among geologists and palaeontologists. People who want to gain deeper insight into development, stratigraphy and fauna of the Muschelkalk in Central Europe, have to give attention to the Muschelkalk-Synopsis in the DGGV publication series. The Muschelkalk-Synopsis will certainly be a standard reference work for many years.
How to order a copy of the Muschelkalk Synopsis
The two-volume set is welded and distributed as a package. Members of DGGV and its sections and working groups are allowed a subscription price of €119 until 31 May 2021, afterwards the price is €149 (plus shipping and handling). The publishing house Schweizerbart´sche Verlagsbuchhandlung offers a subscription price of €159 until 31 May 2021. The regular price is €189 (shipping and handling within Germany included).
Hans Hagdorn & Theo Simon für die Subkommission Perm-Trias (Hrsg.) (2020): Stratigraphie von Deutschland XIII. Muschelkalk. – Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften, Heft 91: 1256 S., 477 Abb., 48 Tab.; Berlin.
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