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Lithology and evolution of Devonian carbonate and carbonate-cemented rocks in Estonia/Karbonaatsete ja karbonaatse tsemendiga kivimite litoloogia ja evolutsioon Eesti Devoni labiloikes.


The Devonian sequence of Estonia is represented mainly by siliciclastic rocks (Kleesment & Mark-Kurik 1997). Siliciclastic material accumulated in epi-continental shallow sea, alternating with carbonate sedimentation. Mixed carbonate-siliciclastic deposits formed in intertidal and open shelf settings experiencing marine transgressions and regressions. The largest influx of siliciclastic material was from the Scandinavian granite massifs (Kleesment 1997; Plink-Bjorklund & Bjorklund 1999). Carbonate sedimentation was especially widespread during Middle Devonian Narva age, when the carbonate sequence reached a thickness of 70 m. Interlayers of carbonate rocks occur also in the other parts of the Middle and Lower Devonian. As a result of the later multistage diagenetic changes, siliciclastic rocks were cemented by carbonate minerals, especially by dolomite. The lithology of Devonian carbonate and carbonate-cemented siliciclastic rocks is less investigated than that of siliciclastic rocks, thus the aim of the present work is to give a detailed overview of the corresponding study in Estonia.

The samples were collected from six drill cores (Ruhnu (500), Taagepera, Tartu (453), Valga (10), Voru, and Varska (6)) located in southern Estonia (Fig. 1). In addition to 96 samples taken from these boreholes, some samples from the Varska (2) borehole and the data of different analyses made in the laboratories of the Institute of Geology at Tallinn University of Technology (IG TUT) in the years 1970-1990 were considered. The rocks were analysed on the basis of their chemical and mineralogical composition, texture, and porosity. Thin sections made from 14 dolostones, 4 dolomitic marlstones, 12 mixed and 10 siliciclastic samples were studied. Most of the samples were from the Narva Regional Stage, but also from the Arukula, Parnu, and Rezekne regional stages (Figs. 2, 3).

Natural gamma-ray (GR) logs were used for the correlation of Devonian formations and beds. Gamma-ray logs have been applied in Estonia since the 1960s for correlation purposes (Shogenova 1989). They constitute a very important source of geological information in Estonia, because GR was the only logging tool applied to study the boreholes drilled in loosely cemented rocks with a low core yield. The intervals in three of the studied boreholes (Voru, Varska (6), Taagepera) not represented by core were correlated using GR logs on the basis of the data available from neighbouring boreholes (Figs. 2, 3).




Interpretation of dolomite genesis was based on mineralogic, petrographic, and geochemical data. The Devonian sequence is an excellent source to study diagenetic alteration processes and first of all cementation of siliciclastic and carbonate-siliciclastic complexes.


Devonian deposits lie with stratigraphical unconformity on Silurian or Ordovician rocks. In the Varska (6) and Voru cores the sequence begins with the deposits of the Lower Devonian Tilze Regional Stage ([D.sub.1]tl), represented by alternating siliciclastic and argillaceous rocks. In the Taagepera core the sequence begins with a thin layer of silt- and claystones of the Kemeri Regional Stage ([D.sub.1]km), overlain by a stratigraphical gap and the rocks of the Rezekne Regional Stage ([D.sub.1]rz). In the other sections it begins with the Rezekne Stage, which is overlain by the Middle Devonian Parnu ([D.sub.2]pr), Narva ([D.sub.2]nr), Arukula ([D.sub.2]ar), and Burtnieki ([D.sub.2]br) regional stages. From the Rezekne deposits up to the middle part of the Arukula Stage the Devonian sequence is well represented in these boreholes (Kleesment & Mark-Kurik 1997; Figs. 2, 3).

The Rezekne and Parnu stages, with a total thickness of 27-61 m, are represented mostly by weakly cemented siliciclastic rocks, dominated by grey fine- to medium-grained sandstones. The illite-chlorite cement forms about 1.5%, strongly cemented varieties account for about 4.10% of the sequence. Interbeds of dolomitic marlstone, dolostone, and claystone occur in its topmost part. Interlayers of carbonate-cemented siliciclastic rocks are present near the carbonate rocks in the basal part (1-3 m) of the Rezekne Stage (Formation), lying on the carbonate complexes of the Ordovician or Silurian, and in the upper part of the Parnu Stage (Formation), covered by dolomitized rocks of the Narva Stage. The carbonate-cemented siliciclastic rocks occur also in the topmost part of the Rezekne Formation and in the basal part of the Parnu Formation, in the sections where the upper part of the Rezekne Formation is represented by dolomitic marl (Kleesment & Mark-Kurik 1997). The cement content of siliciclastic rocks is up to 40%.

The Narva Stage is represented by the successive Vadja ([D.sub.2]nrV), Leivu ([D.sub.2]nrL), and Kernave ([D.sub.2]nrK) formations (Kleesment & Mark-Kurik 1997; Kleesment & Valiukevicius 1998). The lower, Vadja Formation, 9-28 m thick, is characterized by a thin-bedded complex of alternating grey dolomitic marl, light grey and yellowish-grey dolostone, and dark grey claystone. The dolostone is often cracked, cavernous and includes vugs and stretches (fractures) filled with crystalline dolomite. Desiccation cracks and chalcedony have been found. The layer of sedimentary breccia widespread in the basal part of the Vadja Formation (Kleesment & Kurik 1997) is well represented in the Ruhnu (500), Voru and Tartu (453) drill cores, but is not quite clearly observed in the Varska (6) and Valga (10) cores, and is absent in the Taagepera borehole (Kleesment 2001).

The thickness of the laterally variable Leivu Formation ([D.sub.2]nrL) changes from 12.2 m in the Tartu core up to 57.2 m in the Ruhnu (500) core. Dolomitic marlstone with varying clay content, including interbeds of dolostone and claystone, dominate in the sequence and few interlayers of grey siltstone occur in its upper part. Dolomitic marlstone is mostly grey, whereas mottled varieties are present in the upper part of the formation.

The Kernave Formation ([D.sub.2]nrK) is about 17.4-48.8 m thick. It is represented by a horizontally thinly interbedded sequence of brownish-red and grey, weakly illite-chlorite- and strongly dolomite-cemented very fine to fine-grained sandstone including interlayers of grey and reddish-brown silt- and claystone and mottled dolomitic marlstone. The rock sequence is horizontal or lenticular medium- to thin-bedded. The content of dolomitic cement in siliciclastic rocks is about 20-50%.

The thickness of the Viljandi Member ([D.sub.2]arvl) of the Arukula Stage is 27.4-38.0 m. The member is mainly represented by thin- to medium-bedded reddish-brown, fine-grained and very fine-grained sandstone, containing interbeds of vari-coloured claystone and dolomitic marlstone, and grey siltstone. Siliciclastic rocks with illite cement prevail. The content of dolomite-cemented siliciclastic rocks is about 5-30%.

The middle, Kurekula Member ([D.sub.2]arkr) and the upper, Tarvastu Member ([D.sub.2]artr) of the Arukula Stage were recognized in the Varska (6) and Valga (10) cores and, according to the GR logs, were interpreted in the Taagepera and Voru cores (Figs. 2, 3). The thickness of the Kurekula Member increases from east to west (from 21.1 m in the Varska (6) core to 39.5 m in the Taagepera core) and of the Tarvastu Member from west to east (from 13 m in the Taagepera core to 41.5 m in the Varska (6) core). These units are represented by the intercalating sequence of reddish-brown, yellowish-red and pinkish-red sandstone, variegated siltstones and reddish-brown silty claystones. The proportion of dolomite-cemented siliciclastic rocks is about 5-30%.

The Burtnieki Stage is complete in the Varska (6) and Voru cores, and is represented only by its lower unit (Harma Member, [D.sub.2]brhm) in the Valga (10) and Taagepera cores. The thickness of the unit reaches 79.7 m in the Voru core. The succession of the Burtnieki Stage consists mainly of light greyish-brown, yellowish and pinkish, weakly to medium-cemented sandstone, interbedding with varicoloured claystone and greenish-grey siltstone. Dolomite-cemented varieties are extremely rare. Sandstone contains mainly clayey cement (2-5%), including besides dominating illite admixture up to 40% kaolinite.


Geophysical borehole logging was performed by the Geological Survey of Estonia in the 1960s-1980s. Gamma ray logs were measured using stations SK-1-69 or AEKS-1500 and radiometers RSKM-2 (crystals CsY (T1) 30 mm x 40 mm in size) or RSKU (crystals NaY(Tl) 25 mm x 76 mm in size). The logging rate ([upsilon]) was 300-400 m/h. Gamma rays were registered on a vertical scale of 1 : 200. The integration time ([tau]) was 1.5 and 3.0 s. The measurements were recalculated into [mu]kR/h, where 1 [mu]kR/h = 7.166 x [10.sup.-14] A/kg.

The chemical composition of the rocks was determined by X-ray fluorescence analysis in the All-Russian Geological Institute, St. Petersburg. [Na.sub.2]O and [P.sub.2][O.sub.5] were measured with the detection limit of 500 ppm, which was not sufficient for the studied rocks and in many samples these elements were not detected. MnO was measured with the 50 ppm detection limit, and was under that level only in one sandstone sample. For statistical and correlation purposes, half of the detection limit was applied to the samples where these elements were not detected. Detection limits for other chemical elements were sufficient for the studied rocks. Wet chemical analysis of insoluble residue (IR) and FeO contents were made in the IG TUT.

The displacement of the [d.sub.104] peak relative to a standard was determined by the XRD analysis of the dolomitized rocks (IG TUT). X-ray diffractometry measurements were carried out on a diffractometer HZG4, using Fe-filtered Co radiation. The rock powder was mixed in a mortar with Si in relation 8 : 2, some drops of ethanol were added, and the mixture was evenly spread on a glass slide. The measured angular range 32.38[degrees]2 [theta] reveals the 104 reflection of dolomite and calcite and 111 reflection of Si. The positions of reflections were calculated as weighted average. The instrumental shift was corrected according to the Si reflection (3.1355). The precision of the measurement of [d.sub.104] is [+ or -] 0.0005 [Angstrom] (Teedumae et al. 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004).

The molar concentration of CaC[O.sub.3] ([m.sub.Ca]) in dolomite (Table 1) was calculated by measuring the displacement of the [d.sub.104] peak relative to a standard (Lippmann 1973). The formula

[m.sub.Ca] = ([d.sub.104] - 2.884)/0.003 + 50

expresses the linear dependence of the [d.sub.104] reflection with respect to the fix-point of ideal stoichiometric dolomite, the value of which (2.884 [Angstrom]) was calculated (Teedumae et al. 1999) on the basis of the composition of two standards, Es-4 (Estonia) and SI-1 (former USSR). Such calculation is possible only for non-ferroan dolomites not bearing ankerite (< 2 mol% FeCO3 by Goldsmith & Graf 1958).

Rock porosity was measured at room temperature and pressure in the Laboratory of the Geological Survey of Finland on samples with a size of 50-200 [cm.sup.3] (54 samples) (Joeleht & Kukkonen 2002) and in the Petrophysical Laboratory of the Research Institute of the Earth's Crust of St. Petersburg University on cubes of 24 mm side (40 samples) (Priyatkin & Polyakov 1983; Shogenova 1998).



Considering different rock classifications, the collected samples were sub-divided into four lithological rock groups based on chemical parameters. To discriminate dolostone (limestone) from dolomitic marlstone (marlstone), the 25% limit of IR content has been used for a long time in the Baltic States (Vingissaar et al. 1965). However, this limit is rarely used in the British and American literature (Nestor 1990; Miall 2000). Concerning our collection, the IR limits < 25% for dolostone and 25-50% for dolomitic marlstone are suitable for discriminating naturally different rock groups. The mixed carbonate-siliciclastic rock type was distinguished nearly 20 years ago (Mount 1985), and although some dissenting opinions exist, the classification range 50-70% IR is well-founded (Miall 2000; Selley 2000) and also applicable to our rock collection.

Taking into account nearly complete dolomitization of carbonate rocks in the six boreholes studied, we could discriminate four general rock groups using only one chemical parameter, IR. From 96 rock samples we got the following groups (Fig. 4, Table 1): (1) dolostone group including 23 samples; (2) dolomitic marlstones represented by 17 samples; (3) the group of mixed carbonate-siliciclastic rocks including 9 cement-rich siltstone samples, 8 cement-supported sandstone samples, 6 samples of dolomitic marlstone rich in detrital minerals, and 1 dolostone sample, the last one containing abundant detrital-rich interlayers; (4) siliciclastic rocks represented by 23 sandstone and 9 siltstone samples with grain-supported texture.

Dolostones are found mainly in the lower part of the Narva Stage. They may form up to 50% of the Vadja Formation and about 3-15% of the Leivu Formation. Dolostone layers occur also in the upper parts of the Parnu and Rezekne stages, and as thin interbeds in the Kernave Formation of the Narva Stage and in the Arukula Formation. The studied dolostones are light grey and light brownish-grey. Dolostone layers are up to 3 m thick, alternating with dolomitic marlstone and claystone. Massive and medium- to thin-bedded dolostone is present, with beds being commonly about 1-10 cm thick. The bedding is horizontal, rarely inclined. The bedding surfaces may be even; often they are wavy and lenticular and covered by grey or brownish-grey clay films. Commonly microstructure is massive, in some cases laminated. The thickness of laminae is 0.2.1 mm. Micro-lamination is wavy and lenticular (Fig. 5A). The matrix of dolostone is cloudy, predominantly aphanocrystalline (< 0.005 mm) (Fig. 5A-D), rarely very finely crystalline (0.005-0.01 mm). The structure is often patchy, due to the variety of clay components and uneven pigmentation by iron minerals. The matrix contains scattered crystals of pyrite and goethite/hematite (both 0.005-0.01 mm), sometimes scattered finely crystalline transparent grains and rhombs of authigenic dolomite (0.02-0.05 mm). Rhombic grains are often zoned. Dolostone contains pockets or vugs (0.1-0.8 mm) and irregular, often intricately branching and wavy fractures filled with clear finely to medium-crystalline (0.02-0.1 mm), in rare cases coarse-crystalline (up to 0.3 mm) dolomite. Vugs and filled fractures are scattered in the cloudy matrix (Fig. 5B-D). Their configuration may be rounded, irregular or angular-quadratic (Fig. 5C,D). Angular vugs are presumably formed according to dissolution of cubic minerals and following the filling of the caverns with authigenic dolomite. Abundant transparent fine-crystalline dolomite grains occur in the matrix surrounding such vugs (Fig. 5C). The vugs are frequently connected with dolomite-filled fractures (Fig. 5D). Sometimes partings of cloudy original dolostone or partly recrystallized matrix are preserved in the vugs, indicating inhibited recrystallization and replacements in cavities. Elongated vugs and filled fractures are often oriented along bedding planes, but irregular fractures of different directions are also observed (Fig. 5D). The width of the fractures varies from 0.01 to 0.15 mm. Pores are often found in filled vugs and fractures. Sometimes fine-crystalline authigenic transparent and semitransparent dolomite occurs in interlayers containing subrounded pellets (0.1-0.15 mm) of cloudy dolostone.



Insoluble residue (2.7-23.5%) is mainly represented by muddy partings (< 0.01 mm) consisting mostly of illite with considerable amounts of chlorite. In some cases mixed-layer montmorillonite-chlorite, illite-smectite, illite-chlorite, and illite-montmorillonite occur. Detrital partings (> 0.01 mm) make commonly 0.3-5% of IR, in rare cases up to 30%. Grains 0.01-0.063 mm in size are clearly dominating. In very rare cases some sand grains are found. Detrital minerals are often concentrated along bedding surfaces, together with frequent finely crystalline authigenic dolomite grains (Fig. 5A). Also part of the detrital grains is scattered in the matrix. Quartz usually dominates among detrital minerals, accounting for about 50-80%. The content of feldspars (mainly orthoclase) is about 15-30%. Mica minerals are very variable in content, prevailing only in rare cases.

Dolomitic marlstone is abundant in the Narva Stage, dominating in the Leivu Formation. The content of dolomitic marlstone in the Leivu Formation is commonly 80-90%, and about 40-70% in the Vadja Formation. In the Kernave Formation it is found in different proportions, forming only 10-15% of the sequence in the central part of Estonia (Tartu (453) and Valga (10) drill cores), but 30-60% of the sequence in the other regions. Dolomitic marlstone occurs as interbeds in the Viljandi Member of the Arukula Stage and is abundant in the upper part of the Rezekne Stage in eastern Estonia, where the Rezekne Stage is represented by the Mehikoorma Formation (Varska (6) and Voru cores).

Dolomitic marlstones are mainly grey, often with violet or greenish shade in the Rezekne Stage and the Vadja and Leivu formations. Mottled reddish-brown--greenish-grey varieties prevail in the upper part of the Leivu Formation, in the Kernave Formation, and in the Viljandi Beds. The thickness of dolomitic marlstone beds varies from 0.1 to 1 m, sometimes up to 10 m. Dolomitic marlstone alternates with claystone and dolostone in the Rezekne Stage, Vadja and Leivu formations, and with clay- and siltstone beds in the Kernave Formation and Viljandi Beds. The structure of marlstone beds is commonly massive, often patchy. The matrix is indistinctly-unevenly pigmented with goethite/hematite (Fig. 6A,B). The patchy distribution of pockets rich in clastic material is observed in the Kernave and Leivu formations. Microlamination occurs more frequently in the upper part of the Leivu Formation and in the Kernave Formation, and is mainly lenticular-wavy. A specific variety, 0.2-10 m thick breccia-like dolomitic marlstone is common in the basal part of the Vadja Formation. In dolomitic marl unsorted clasts of dolostone, dolomitic marl, in rare cases also silt- and sandstone are embedded (Kleesment & Mark-Kurik 1997). The content of subrounded clasts with a diameter of 0.5-3 cm, rarely up to 6 cm, varies from 10 to 80%. The breccia layer is wavy, microlaminated (Fig. 6C), containing authigenic gypsum in southeastern Estonia. Sometimes interlayers of authigenic gypsum up to 10 cm thick occur in this level (Fig. 6D). Among the studied drill cores the breccia layer is well represented in the Tartu (453) core (thickness 6.4 m), but was not determined in the Taagepera core.


Dolomitic marlstone is very fine- to fine-crystalline (0.005-0.01 mm), cloudy or semitransparent (Fig. 6A). Finely and variously crystalline varieties are also found (Fig. 6B). Sometimes clear medium-crystalline rhombs of authigenic dolomite are scattered in the matrix. In rare cases the rock is penetrated by fractures which may be filled with medium-crystalline authigenic dolomite. Insoluble residue (25-50%) is mainly represented by muddy particles (< 0.01 mm). The muddy fraction is characterized by a high content of illite (60-80%) accompanied by chlorite. Sometimes admixture of mixed-layer chlorite-montmorillonite is recorded (up to 20%). The content of detrital particles (> 0.01 mm) is 5-20%, with silty ones (0.01-0.063 mm) clearly dominating. The proportion of sand fraction is commonly 0.1-3%. Detrital particles with a size of 0.01-0.05 mm, forming 2-5% of the rock, are sporadically scattered in the matrix, however, enrichment by detrital material is observed in thin interlayers (0.2-0.4 mm). Patchy enrichment by detrital partings occurs in the upper part of the Kernave Formation and in the Arukula Stage. Micas are usually dominating among detrital minerals, accounting for 40-65%. The content of quartz is mainly 30=50% and of feldspars 10-20%. Quartz grains are subangular and often corroded.

Siliciclastic rocks are represented by sand- and siltstones in the studied sequence. The prevailing sandstone complexes are usually up to 10-20 m thick, while siltstones occur as 10-50 cm thick interbeds. Loose varieties clearly dominate among sandstones where clay cement forms 5-10% of the rock. The cement content of siltstones is commonly 10-30%. Cement is mainly represented by illite accompanied by chlorite. The admixture of kaolinite and a mixed illitemontmorillonite layer occur in the siliciclastic rocks of the Parnu and Rezekne stages; kaolinite admixture is observed also in the siliciclastic rocks of the Burtnieki Stage.

Carbonate-cemented siliciclastic rocks form 4-6% of the sequence of the Rezekne and Parnu stages containing carbonate interbeds. The content of cemented siliciclastic rocks reaches 20% in the Rezekne Stage in the Varska (6) core where the upper part of this unit is composed of dolomitic rocks (Fig. 2). Frequent intercalation of siliciclastic and dolomitic rocks occurs in the Leivu and Kernave formations where 20-60% of siliciclastic rocks are dolomite-cemented. Dolomite-cemented siliciclastic rocks account for 5-10% in the Arukula Stage, while in the sequence of the Burtnieki Stage dolomite-cemented interlayers are extremely rare, lying as thin beds (5-20 cm) in clay interbeds and having often globular structure. Such a structure has also been observed in the sequences of the Arukula Stage, in some cases also in the Kernave Formation and Parnu and Rezekne stages. Carbonate-cemented siliciclastic rocks occur mostly as 5-20 cm interbeds, intercalating with claystone, dolomitic marl, and/or poorly cemented siliciclastic rocks or containing clay-coated surfaces. Sometimes the Leivu and Kernave formations include dolomite-cemented layers up to 1 m thick, which, as a rule, contain poorly cemented interlayers. Lens-shaped dolomite-cemented layers lie on the claystone beds in the upper part of the Arukula Stage and in the Burtnieki Stage. Often conglomeratic beds are cemented and contain remains of fishes and brachiopods throughout the section.

The general mineralogical composition of loosely and carbonate cemented siliciclastic rocks is similar. Quartz dominates, being accompanied by K-feldspars and mica minerals (Kleesment & Mark-Kurik 1997). Greater differences are observed in the content of accessory minerals. During diagenesis of loosely cemented siliciclastic rocks magnetite was replaced by goethite. Garnet, titanite, amphiboles, pyroxenes, and possibly also corundum have partially dissolved in poorly cemented sand- and siltstones, which alternate with layers of carbonate and argillaceous rocks. Authigenic apatite and overgrowths of detrital feldspars were also formed in such siliciclastic layers (Kleesment & Paap 1978; Kleesment 1984, 1998).

Cemented siliciclastic rocks contain mostly dolomite cement in the studied sequence. Only in few cases calcite cement was found in the lower part of the sequence in East Estonia (Voru core). Additionally, some interbeds of gypsum cement occur in the Vadja Formation in the Varska (6) core. Calcite- and gypsum-cemented samples deviate clearly from general regularities and fall below the correlation line (Fig. 4). Dolomite-cemented layers are usually only 5-10 cm thick. However, often cemented beds are 1-2 m thick, but they have a thin-bedded structure, intercalating with thin clay- or marlstone interbeds or clay surfaces. Commonly cement forms 30-40% (Fig. 7A), more rarely 10-30% (Fig. 7B,C) of the rock. Cement is unevenly distributed, whereas grain-supported and cement-supported partings alternate (Fig. 7A). The matrix is also patchy pigmented by goethite/hematite. Rare pyrite-cemented patches are present. Cement is represented by transparent or slightly cloudy finely to medium-crystalline (0.03-0.25 mm) dolomite rhombs, sometimes having zonal structure (Fig. 7A). As a rule, in grain-supported partings the cement grains are coarser (Fig. 7A). In siltstones cement is finer than in sandstones. Dolomite rhombs are sometimes surrounded by tiny ferrian coatings. Tiny pyrite crystals may be scattered in the matrix. Calcite cement is medium- to coarse-crystalline and extremely clear (Fig. 7D). Detrital grains are often surrounded by dolomite rims (Fig. 7B,C). Pyrite crystals have clear carbonate rims. Corrosion of detrital grains by cement is widespread (Fig. 7B,D), being relatively strong in the Rezekne and Parnu sequences.

Mixed carbonate-siliciclastic rocks consist of three main components: siliciclastic, muddy, and carbonate or some other chemical sediment (gypsum, etc.). The carbonate part of these rocks may occur as matrix containing thin interlayers rich in clastic partings, include scattered detrital grains and serve as cement in the clastic sediment. In the last case these rocks are actually cement-supported sand-stones or coarse-grained siltstones in which carbonate content is up to 50%. Carbonate cement is represented mainly by slightly cloudy fine-crystalline (Fig. 8A) or medium- to coarse-crystalline clear (Fig. 8B) dolomite. Rare fine interlayers with calcite cement are present (Fig. 8C). Similar to siliciclastic rocks, those samples fall below the correlation line (Fig. 4). Cement distribution is commonly patchy, with spots of pyrite cement. Detrital grains and pyrite crystals are often coated with carbonate rims (Fig. 8B), indicating that pyrite has formed earlier than carbonate. In rare cases calcite is represented by clear medium- to coarse- crystalline varieties. The conditions and mechanism of mixed carbonate-sand-stone formation are similar to those of cemented siliciclastic rocks described above. The latter also intercalated with loosely cemented sandstones containing interbeds of claystone or dolomitic rocks.


According to the composition depending on depositional conditions, nine dolomitic siltstones, six siliciclastic dolomitic marlstone, and one dolostone belong to mixed rocks. Transitional varieties of fine-grained siliciclastic and carbonate rocks are more frequent in the upper units, in the lower part of the Arukula Stage and in the Kernave Formation. Here thin-bedded structure of rocks is common, showing intercalation of sand-, silt-, and claystones with interbeds of dolomitic marl. As seen in thin sections, these rocks have small-scale sedimentary structures, the laminae containing different amounts of matrix and cement (Fig. 8D). As a rule, the dolomite is very fine- to fine-crystalline in matrix-rich interbeds and fine- to medium-crystalline in detritus-rich interbeds. Indistinctly wavy-bedded structures are common (Fig. 8D). The thickness of the laminae is 0.2-2 mm. Mica flakes are oriented sub-parallel to bedding and rock often contains dolomitic pellets in transitional to matrix-supported siliciclastic rocks. Being enriched in clastic component, these rocks are transitional to dolomitic marlstone. However, in most cases, mixed siliciclastic-carbonate rocks (transitional to dolomitic marl or dolostone) show clear small-scale lamination: alternation of aphanocrystalline dolostone or very fine-crystalline dolomitic marl with thin sandy or silty laminae where matrix is fine- to medium-crystalline. Some quartz grains are corroded (Fig. 8D).


Correlation of gamma-ray logs

A natural GR log reflects mainly the clay content of all the rocks and the K-feldspar content of the siliciclastic-bearing rocks in the Devonian sedimentary sequence. Anomalous accumulation of radioactive isotopes (U, Th, and [K.sup.40]) is usually registered in highly argillaceous carbonate and siliciclastic rocks owing to their high potassium content. Increase in iron minerals, which generally correlates with the clay content of the studied rocks, may increase GR readings because iron minerals and organic matter can sorb radioactive elements. The studied rocks are known to be relatively poor in organics.

The lowest GR readings were registered against quartz sandstones, which are poorest in clay admixture. Gamma-ray values increase in siltstones and are the highest in claystones. Gamma-ray readings against dolostones are usually higher than in sandstones, but may be the same as for dolomitized sandstones. Dolomitic marlstones are characterized by higher readings, similar to those registered for silt-stones and dolomitized siltstones. The highest GR values characterize argillaceous siltstones, silty claystones, and claystones.

The lowest GR reading was registered against the Burtnieki and Parnu stages composed predominantly of siliciclastic rocks. The Narva Stage, represented mainly by carbonate rocks, was reflected by higher GR readings with relatively stable amplitude. The overlying Arukula Stage is characterized by a lower average amplitude which varies in a wide range and depends on the clay content of siliciclastic rocks and on carbonate cementation (Figs. 2, 3).

Mineralogical parameters

According to XRD analyses, made by D. Gurfel in the laboratory of the IG TUT in the 1970s, Devonian dolostones contain besides dominating dolomite, admixture of siderite, rarely of ankerite. Using the FeO content of dolostone measured by wet chemical analysis, we calculated the mol% FeC[O.sub.3] content (Table 1), which was lower than 1. It means that the studied dolostones and dolomitic marlstones did not include ankerite (Goldsmith & Graf 1958; Reeder & Sheppard 1984; Tucker & Wright 1994) and we could use measurements of [d.sub.104] for calculating the CaC[O.sub.3] content of mineral dolomite. The lattice parameter [d.sub.104] was measured in 22 dolostone and 14 dolomitic marlstone samples. The [d.sub.104] value obtained for dolostone was 2.888-2.893[Angstrom], mostly 2.890 [Angstrom] (Fig. 9). The mol% CaC[O.sub.3] content of dolomite was 51.4-52.9, with the mean value of 52. For dolomitic marl the measured [d.sub.104] value was 2.888-2.890[Angstrom], and the mol% CaC[O.sub.3] content of dolomite was 51.5-52.3, on average 51.9 (Table 1).


Geochemical parameters

The MgO content of dolostones measured by X-ray fluorescence was 15.2-19.7% and the MgO/CaO ratio was 0.62-0.75. The ratio was the highest for the given IR among all known dolostones of different genesis in the Estonian bed-rock sequence (Sogenova et al. 2003). The MgO content of dolomitic marlstones was 10.3-15.6% and MgO/CaO ratio 0.6-0.87. Clear negative correlation of MgO with IR was recorded for all studied Devonian rocks. Only siliciclastic and mixed samples with calcitic and gypsum cement mainly from the Varska (6) borehole (and one sample from both the Voru and Ruhnu (500) drill cores) deviate from the general trend, occurring below the correlation line (Fig. 4).

The measured FeO content and calculated mol% FeC[O.sub.3] were relatively low in dolostones and dolomitic marlstones, the mean values being, respectively, 0.14% and 0.24 mol% in dolomites and 0.21% and 0.37 mol% in dolomitic marlstones. Total iron content had high positive correlation (0.86) with [Al.sub.2][O.sub.3] as an indicator of clay in all studied rocks (Fig. 10). Total iron had positive correlation with IR (R = 0.63) and negative correlation with MgO (-0.55) in dolostones.

MnO concentration was higher in Devonian dolostones (1100-2000 ppm) and dolomitic marlstones (800-2700 ppm) than in underlying Silurian dolostones (200-1500 ppm) (Sogenova et al. 2003). It was also higher in carbonate rocks than in mixed (500-1600 ppm) and siliciclastic (<960 ppm) rocks. MnO content correlated with total iron (R = 0.51) only in dolostones (Fig. 11A), but it correlated with MgO in all other rocks (Fig. 11B). MnO showed positive correlation with MgO (R = 0.72) (Fig. 11B), negative correlation with IR (R = -0.74), and no correlation with total iron and clay in all studied Devonian rocks taken together. MnO content did not correlate with iron or clay contents in the rocks with IR > 25%. In all dolostones MnO had negative correlation with depth in samples taken from separate boreholes, while MgO had positive correlation with depth (0.61). In dolomitic marlstones MnO content had significant negative correlation (-0.55) with CaC[O.sub.3] entering dolomite and with depth (-0.42).




Dolostones had the lowest porosity among the studied rocks, which varied in the range 2.5-21.7% (Table 1, Fig. 12) and, except for one sample, was lower than 17.9%. However, their porosities for the given IR may differ by more than 10%. The porosity of mixed carbonate-cemented rocks was close to that of dolostones except for two samples, ranging from 3.6 to 17.5%. (Fig. 12A). Marlstones had higher porosity in the range 8.7-28.8%. The porosity of siliciclastic rocks was the highest (13-37.1%); only one sandstone with calcite cement had lower porosity (8.7%).


For all Devonian rocks we could observe general positive correlation of porosity with IR (Fig. 12A) and [Al.sub.2][O.sub.3] as an indicator of clay content (Fig. 12B). The correlation coefficient between porosity and [Al.sub.2][O.sub.3] content for all studied rocks taken together was 0.73. The coefficient was 0.71 for dolostones and dolomitic marlstones, 0.85 for mixed rocks, and 0.58 for siliciclastic rocks. The coefficient showing negative correlation between porosity and depth for siliciclastic and mixed rocks was not high but significant (R = -0.37).


The lattice parameter [d.sub.104] determines the mol% CaC[O.sub.3] content of dolomite, allowing discrimination of mineral dolomite with low Fe and Mn contents. It can be used to distinguish dolostones of different genesis (Tucker & Wright 1994). Earlier the parameter [d.sub.104] and mol% CaC[O.sub.3] were also used in investigations of dolomitization (Al-Hashimi & Hemingway 1973), but now they have only second-rate importance in the reconstruction of dolomitization processes. Commonly the chemical composition, thin sections, stable carbon, oxygen and strontium isotopes, trace elements, and fluid inclusions are studied to describe the rate and character of the dolomitization process (Bathurst 1975; Burns & Baker 1987; Il Lee & Friedman 1987; Moore 1989; Whittaker & Mountjou 1996), however, in some cases lattice parameter values are also significant (Macqueen et al. 1974). Today the [d.sub.104] value is mainly used to calculate the Mg/Ca ratio in mineral dolomite, which besides the other indicators mentioned above is a significant parameter for dolomite identification (Warthmann et al. 2000).

In comparison with ideal dolomite ([d.sub.104] equalling 2.886 [Angstrom] after Goldsmith & Graf 1958 and 2.884 [Angstrom] according to Teedumae et al. 1999), Devonian dolomites had a higher [d.sub.104] value (Fig. 9). This shows that Devonian dolomites are not fully stoichiometric as most of the natural dolomites, but close to stoichiometric. Taking into account that the error in CaC[O.sub.3] calculation may be about 1 mol% in the high-Ca region and 2.5 mol% in the low-Ca region (Reeder & Sheppard 1984), the real average value for our samples may be lower than calculated mol% CaC[O.sub.3] of the studied rocks (51.4-52.9, on average 52 mol%). Such data (51-52% CaC[O.sub.3]) are characteristic of shallow marine (near-surface) dolostone of early diagenetic origin associated with evaporites, indicating arid climate (Tucker & Wright 1994).

Mn and Fe are very sensitive and most useful indicators of redox and source potential of the ambient waters from depositional through the diagenetic processes (Brand 1994). Trace elements in dolomitized rocks can provide information on the nature of dolomitization fluids. Early near-surface dolomites tend to have low Fe and Mn contents, since most near-surface fluids are oxidizing, contrasting with later, burial dolomites which may have high [Fe.sup.2+] and [Mn.sup.2+] precipitated from negative Eh pore fluids (Tucker & Wright 1994). The low [Fe.sup.2+] content of the studied dolostones supports their early near-surface genesis. Correlation of MnO with total iron content in dolostones and with MgO content in all other rocks may be an evidence of precipitation of Mn before early diagenetic dolomitization and its association with iron minerals in dolostones. This process may be typical of carbonate rocks from South Estonia. The MnO content of Estonian carbonate rocks has facies control and is higher in South Estonian drill cores than in North Estonia (Sogenova et al. 2003). Usually MnO has high correlation with total iron content in Estonian carbonate rocks (Shogenova et al. 2003).

Positive correlation of MnO content with MgO, its negative correlation with IR, and no correlation with total iron and clay contents for all studied Devonian rocks taken together may be an evidence of Mn precipitation in siliciclastic and mixed rocks during later stages of dolomitization associated with burial.

According to the parameters described above, the studied dolostones belong presumably to early diagenetic type (Wolf & Chilingarian 1994; McLane 1995) and have accumulated in tidal-flat environment poor in organic matter, under semiarid climate conditions (Shinn 1991). This supposition is supported also by the occurrence of desiccation cracks and chalcedony. Presumably dolomite does not precipitate directly from sea water. First calcium-carbonate sediments precipitated from magnesium-rich sea water and then, during the dissolution-precipitation reaction, part of Ca was replaced by Mg, forming dolostone (McLane 1995). The formation of the patchy structure and the porphyrotopic texture are connected in the following compaction process (Figs. 5B; 6A,B). Characteristic crooked micro-fracturing of rocks was formed during their compaction (Fig. 5A,C,D). The occurrence of cracks and the thin-bedded structure of the sequence provided pathways for active fluid migration. Selective dissolution took place. The more soluble components, first of all limestone clasts, gypsum, and halite crystals, were dissolved and vugs were formed in the rocks (Fig. 5C,D). After that coarser dolomite crystals (up to 2-3 mm) grew, filling the pore spaces partially or completely. In the late diagenetic processes circulating pore fluids influenced the rock. Fractures, bedding surfaces, and levels rich in detrital material provided pathways for the migration of fluids and, therefore, during diagenesis recrystallization took place especially in these levels. The filling of fractures and vugs with transparent medium- and coarse-crystalline dolomite is connected with late diagenesis (Zenger 1983; McLane 1995). The composition and structure of dolomitic marlstones indicate their accumulation in the same conditions as dolostone. Owing to the higher content of the muddy component, the processes of recrystallization in the early stage of diagenesis and, especially the following formation of patchy structures, proceeded more intensively.

Carbonate and clastic sediments commonly accumulated simultaneously in different parts of the same basin or in the same location at different times. Carbonate and clastic sedimentation may alternate on a continental margin as a result of sea-level change and tectonics. Epicontinental shallow sea sediments that accumulated in the studied area have a very complex cyclic structure indicating pulsatory nature of the sedimentation process. The accumulation of siliciclastic and carbonate sediments alternated recurrently. Mixed carbonate-siliciclastic rocks often deposited in transitional conditions. Traditionally, sedimentary petrology is divided into two separate fields of study: siliciclastic versus carbonate petrology. The results of several recent studies have demonstrated that, although the mixed sediments are not abundant, their investigation may give us information about the depositional history, dynamics, and interactions of facies. The complicated sequence in which siliciclastic, carbonate, and muddy rocks alternate, represented here, is a good basis for examining sediment accumulation and diagenetic cementation processes. Usually mixed carbonate-siliciclastic rocks are determined and classified considering only their sedimentation history (Doyle & Roberts 1983, 1988; Miall 2000; Selley 2000), however, also diagenetic history makes its correctives (Mount 1985). Classification of these rocks is extremely complicated owing to their polygenetic nature.

Mixed rocks may have accumulated in different conditions. The sandy material embedded in dolomitic rocks was strongly altered by compaction. Post-sedimentary alteration processes were the most intensive in siliciclastic layers directly above and under carbonate complexes. Quartz, garnet, and other detrital minerals were subjected to corrosion and even dissolution (Kleesment & Paap 1978; Kleesment 1984).

The dolomite cement in the sandstones of the Burtnieki and Arukula stages has presumably developed from spots connected with fossil fragments, pyrite crystals or other centres, around which the first concretional lumps were formed. Cementation developed further and lumps joined with each other. In addition to earlier clay cement, dolomitic cement filled the pores. The process was usually accompanied by the shifting of grains. The clay matrix forms about 5-10% of clay-cemented sandstones, while the carbonate matrix takes considerably more space (20-50%) in carbonate-cemented rocks (Figs. 7B-D; 8B,C). Presumably cement was formed in the same way in the other siliciclastic rocks. It is clear that the formation of dolomite cement proceeded after pyrite formation, in the middle phases of diagenesis. Diagenetic intrastratal fluids circulating in the terrigenous complexes have been enriched with dolomitic material. Interlayers of carbonate rocks in the Devonian sequence may be considered as a source of the dolomitic component. Dolomitization fluids were generated through the compaction of clay and dolomitic layers. In addition to cementation, the intrastratal fluids circulating in siliciclastic complexes affect more permeable, uncemented layers, causing etching of detrital grains, also mineral transformations, regeneration, and dissolution. Different kinds of mineral alterations taking place in the Devonian sequence during post-sedimentary processes have been studied: formation of authigenic leucoxene, anatase, apatite, pyrite, and goethite, dissolution of garnet, staurolite and kyanite, replacement of magnetite, amphiboles, titanium-bearing minerals and feldspar, formation of authigenic overgrowths of detrital feldspar grains (Kleesment & Paap 1978; Kleesment 1984, 1998). In many cases cementation has strongly influenced physical properties of the rock, first of all porosity. In porosity value cement-supported sandstones are close to dolostones (Fig. 12A). Non-permeable layers of fine-grained dolomitic rocks and claystones were formed contemporaneously with compaction and the above-mentioned alterations occurred only in bedding-planes and pores. Gradual cementation of detrital rocks reduced the porosity and prevented the continuation of many of the diagenetic changes mentioned above. The most marked transformations proceeded in highly permeable loose sandstones and especially in the levels containing dolomitic and clayey interlayers where saturated solutions circulated.

The calcitic cement in the studied sequence is late diagenetic in character and was formed as a replacement of dolomite cement. This process was accompanied by recrystallization phenomena.

As is known, porosity is a result of various geological, physical, and chemical processes and is generated during the genesis of the rock as "primary porosity" (clastic sedimentation, organogenesis) and/or during the geological history of the rock as "secondary porosity" (tectonic processes, chemical processes, dissolution, etc.) (Schon 1996). The main types of primary porosity may be intergranular (interparticle) and intragranular (intraparticle porosity), the main secondary porosity types are intercrystalline, vugular, and fissure or fracture porosity (Schopper 1982).

The porosity of Estonian carbonate rocks (including Devonian rocks) has positive correlation with clay content. This porosity was interpreted as primary. Secondary porosity of carbonate rocks is associated with dolomitization and was revealed on porosity versus insoluble residue graphs (Fig. 12A; Shogenova & Puura 1997, 1998; Lind & Shogenova 1998; Shogenova 1998; Shogenova et al. 1998, 2003).

As is known, dolomitization can cause both decrease and increase in porosity (Moore 1989). In general, the porosity of the studied rocks decreases with an increase in dolomite content. Early diagenetic dolomitization of carbonate rocks caused a decrease in their porosity owing to a higher grain density of mineral dolomite, but further diagenetic alterations of rock caused an increase in porosity owing to fracturing and leaching of carbonate rocks. Further on these pores may be filled (Fig. 5C,D).

The porosity of siliciclastic and mixed rocks decreases with carbonate cementation during diagenesis. The early diagenetic clay cement influenced the porosity of these rocks in opposite direction. Less clear is the decrease in porosity due to mechanical compaction, associated with the depth of the rocks. Negative correlation coefficients of porosity with depth for siliciclastic and mixed rocks are not high but significant (R = -0.37). The absolute value of correlation is relatively low owing to shallow depth of the Estonian sedimentary basin. Such a correlation should be stronger in the deeper central and southern parts of the Baltic sedimentary basin, as has been described for the Baltic Cambrian rocks (Shogenova et al. 2001, 2002).


1. Epicontinental shallow sea sediments that have accumulated in the studied area have a cyclic structure indicating a pulsatory nature of the sedimentation process. The accumulation of siliciclastic and carbonate sediments alternated recurrently.

2. Dolostones and dolomitic marlstones are early diagenetic and have been deposited in the shallow nearshore tidal flat conditions. The sea water was saturated with Mg. These rocks have changed during the next stages of diagenesis.

3. Cementation of siliciclastic rocks by Mg- and Mn-enriched fluids took place during middle and late diagenesis.

4. Two groups of mixed carbonate-siliciclastic rocks were determined in the studied sequence. Dolomitic siltstones and marlstones were formed during the sedimentation process as carbonate siltstones and marlstones and were dolomitized during early diagenesis. Mixed dolomitic sandstones, and sometimes siltstones, were formed during middle and late diagenesis by carbonate cementation of siliciclastic rocks.

5. The porosity of rocks depends on several factors: clay content, mechanical compaction, dolomitization, and cementation. The porosity of all studied rocks increases with increasing accumulation of clay mainly during sedimentation. The porosity of carbonate rocks decreased owing to early diagenetic dolomitization and increased during middle and late diagenetic fracturing. The fractures, vugs, and pores were partly filled with dolomite crystals, which resulted in the reduction of porosity. The porosity of siliciclastic and mixed rocks decreased due to burial, and middle and late diagenetic cementation.

6. Main Devonian stratigraphic units are distinguished on the basis of GR readings, which are the highest against carbonate-rich rocks of the Narva Stage and the lowest against sandstones predominating in the Parnu Stage. The most argillaceous siliciclastic rocks that deposited during Arukula time are reflected by the highest variation in the GR amplitude.


This research was funded by the governmental target funding project No. 03320888s02 from the Ministry of Science and Education of Estonia and by the Estonian Science Foundation (grant No. 5726). We are grateful to T. Linkova for wet chemical analysis, T. Kallaste for XRD analysis, A. Joeleht and V. Shogenov for porosity measurements, U. Kestlane for thin-section preparation, and G. Baranov for photos. We are also thankful to L. Ainsaar and G. Stinkulis for constructive reviews of the manuscript.

Received 7 April 2005, in revised form 3 June 2005


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Table 1. Composition and properties of Devonian rocks *

 Rock type

 Dolostones marlstones
Studied parameter
 Std. Dev. (N)
Porosity, % 2.5-21.7/10.8 8.7-28.8/16
 4.3(25) 4.9(17)

Insoluble residue, % 2.7-23.5/14 25.9-49/38.1
 5.8(25) 7.36(17)

MgO, % 15.2-19.7/17.4 10.3-15.6/13.2
 1.1(25) 1.6(17)

CaO, % 22-30.2/25.3 13.3-21.7/17.7
 2.1(25) 2.5(17)

SiO, % 0.74-17.5/12.6 19.1-44.3/28
 4.4(17) 6.9(17)

[Al.sub.2][O.sub.3], % 2.4-5.7/4 3.5-12/7.1
 1(17) 1.1(17)

[K.sub.2]O, % 0.2-1.9/1.3 1.8-3.9/2.6
 0.43(17) 0.5(17)

Ti[O.sub.2], % <0.005-0.26/0.14 0.18-0.47/0.33
 0.06(17) 0.07(17)

[Fe.sub.2][O.sub.3] 0.6-2.6/1.6 0.9-5.5/2.8
total, % 0.5(17) 1.1(17)

FeO, % 0.04-0.43/0.14 0.09-0.39/0.21
 0.1(17) 0.11(17)

MnO, ppm 1090-2000/1413 751-2700/1433
 287(17) 540(17)

S, ppm 430-1100/600 380-520/438
 213(9) 54(6)

[P.sub.2][O.sub.5], ppm <500-1040/483 <500-1720/877
 215(17) 389(17)

[Na.sub.2]O, ppm <500-4500/1240 <500-2000/605
 1346(17) 605(17)

[d.sub.104], [Angstrom] 2.888-2.893/2.890 2.888-2.891/2.890
 0.001(22) 0.0008(14)

Calculated mol% 51.4-52.9/52 51.5-52.3/51.9
CaC[O.sub.3] 0.33(22) 0.25(14)

Calculated mol% 0.065-0.69/0.24 0.18-0.63/0.37
FeC[O.sub.3] 0.17(22) 0.17(14)

 Rock type

 Mixed carbonate- Siliciclastic
 siliciclastic rocks rocks
Studied parameter
 Std. Dev. (N)

Porosity, % 3.6-27.3/12.9 13-37.1/23.2
 6.4(20) 5.8(25)

Insoluble residue, % 51-69.2/59.6 70.2-95/80.2
 5.4(21) 7.5(27)

MgO, % 6-10.2/8.1 <0.05-6.6/3.7
 1.2(21) 1.7(27)

CaO, % 8.4-16.1/11.7 0.15-10.8/5.2
 2.3(21) 3.2(27)

SiO, % 39-66.5/51.4 53.6-89/67
 8.3(21) 9.5(27)

[Al.sub.2][O.sub.3], % 1.1-13.1/5.9 3-16.6/8.3
 3.6(21) 3.1(27)

[K.sub.2]O, % 0.9-4.9/3.1 2-6.5/4.7
 1.4(21) 1.2(27)

Ti[O.sub.2], % <0.01-0.58/0.29 0.18-0.99/0.49
 0.19(21) 0.2(27)

[Fe.sub.2][O.sub.3] 0.4-5.7/2.2 0.5-9.1/2.9
total, % 1.5(21) 2(27)

FeO, % 0.01-0.38/0.13 0.06-0.4/0.15
 0.09(21) 0.09(27)

MnO, ppm 500-1600/915 <50-960/557
 313(21) 255(27)

S, ppm 260-570/338 100-360/270
 94(9) 60(13)

[P.sub.2][O.sub.5], ppm <500-6800/1315 <500-4000/1480
 1513(21) 90(27)

[Na.sub.2]O, ppm <500-1700/399 <500-2200/400
 392(9) 434(27)

[d.sub.104], [Angstrom] - -

Calculated mol% - -

Calculated mol% - -

* Samples with calcite and gypsum cement are not included in the table.
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Author:Kleesment, Anne; Shogenova, Alla
Publication:Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences: Geology
Date:Sep 1, 2005
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