1Relating to or denoting the fifth period of the Palaeozoic era, between the Devonian and Permian periods.
- The surface structure, especially in the Zilair Nappe and the Carboniferous and Permian sediments that form the frontal structure in the west, is well constrained by field data.
- Fossils of the group are mostly Cenozoic, though some Permian and Carboniferous fossils are also known.
- The northern margin of the fold-thrust belt is composed of sedimentary sequences of Middle to Upper Devonian and Carboniferous rocks.
1.1 [as noun] (the Carboniferous) The Carboniferous period or the system of rocks deposited during it.
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