The Effect of Slumping on Sandstone Distribution in the Arro Turbidites, Los Molinos Road, Spain
Published:January 01, 2008
Pau Arbués, Donatella Mellere, Marta Puig, Mariano Marzo, 2008. "The Effect of Slumping on Sandstone Distribution in the Arro Turbidites, Los Molinos Road, Spain", Atlas of Deep-Water Outcrops, Tor H. Nilsen, Roger D. Shew, Gary S. Steffens, Joseph R. J. Studlick
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The Arro turbidites (Eocene San Vicente Formation) were deposited as part of the infill of the Ainsa basin during the foredeep stage of basin development. Their maximum thickness is 180 m (590 ft) with a preserved length of 16 km (10 mi) and width of 4 km (2.5 mi). Net-to-gross is approximately 40%. The Arro turbidites have been interpreted as a canyon-mouth sheet system that was deposited in a base-of-slope setting. The system is elongate with deposition occurring in the axis of the foredeep basin. Flanking the deposits was an active margin slope. The Arro turbidites have been correlated...
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Tor H. Nilsen, a red-haired Scandinavian who stood more than six feet tall, died October 9, 2005, at his San Carlos, California, home. This was after a valiant five-year fight with melanoma cancer. He was 63. His ashes were scattered at his family plot in Norway in 2006.
He was born in New York City on November 29, 1941, to Mollie Abrahamson and Nils Marius Nilsen of Mandal, Norway, and was the first of their children to be born in the United States. After graduating from Brooklyn Tech, he earned his B.S. in geology from City College of New York in 1962. While there, his prowess on the basketball court impressed a scout from the New York Knicks, but Tor went on to graduate school and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1964 and 1967, respectively. His M.S. thesis was a study of Precambrian metasedimentary deposits in the Lake Superior area, and his Ph.D. thesis was a study of Devonian alluvial-fan deposits of the Old Red Sandstone in western Norway.
Dr. Nilsen’s principal expertise was in depositional systems analysis, stratigraphic analysis, and the relationships among tectonics, eustasy, and sedimentation. He began his industry career in 1967 as a research geologist with the Shell Development Company in Houston, Texas, and Ventura, California, where he worked on the tectonics and sedimentation of Tertiary shelf systems of coastal California. He subsequently spent two years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the Military