Mixed carbonate-siliciclastic sediments can provide unique interpretive challenges, as the two types of sediments are controlled by different parameters. In this paper, Chiarella and Longhitano describe the application of a new technique for describing and interpreting sediments of mixed systems. The application of this method to a succession of Plio-Pleistocene deposits facilitated the reconstruction of the depositional framework and stratigraphic evolution, revealing otherwise ambiguous patterns. These techniques and results illustrate a new means to evaluate mixed carbonate-siliciclastic systems and their dynamics.
Distinguishing depositional environments in shallow-water mixed, bio-siliciclastic deposits on the basis of the degree of heterolithic segregation (Gelasian, southern Italy) by Domenico Chiarella and Sergio G. Longhitano