Outcrop 10. Tres Pasos Slope Sandstone Bodies, Cerro Divisadero
Published:January 01, 2009
B.W. Romans, S.M. Hubbard, S.A. Graham, 2009. "Outcrop 10. Tres Pasos Slope Sandstone Bodies, Cerro Divisadero", Stratigraphic Evolution of Deep-Water Architecture: Examples of controls and depositional styles from the Magallanes Basin, southern Chile, Andrea Fildani, Stephen M. Hubbard, Brian W. Romans, J.A. Covault, W.H. Crane, A. Bernhardt, Z.R. Jobe, D.A. Armitage, J.C. Fosdick, M.R. Shultz, J. Clark, D.R. Lowe, S.A. Graham
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Outcrop accessibility: extremely difficult Outcrop Coordinates: 50.7048°S, 72.7361°W Refer to outcrop 10 on location map
The Tres Pasos Formation (1000–1500 m thick) records the transition from bathyal water depths of the upper part of the Cerro Toro Formation to the shallow-marine and deltaic facies of the overlying Dorotea Formation. The lower part of the Tres Pasos Formation exposed at Cerro Divisadero (600 m thick) is the northernmost (most landward) of the Tres Pasos outcrop locations in this guidebook. Four sandstone-rich packages that range in thickness from 20 to 80 m are recognized and mapped across a ~3 km long outcrop transect. The north-south trending outcrop is generally parallel to depositional dip (basinward to the south), although ridge-and-gully topography provides three-dimensionality at a smaller scale (10s to 100s of meters). The four sandstone-rich units are separated by intervals of shale and siltstone tens of meters thick. Unit 1 is partially covered and minor post-depositional structure (reverse faults and associated drag folds) disrupt detailed architectural characterization of Unit 4. Units 2 and 3 are, therefore, the focus of the panels in this guidebook. Refer to Romans et al. (2008) for detailed presentation and interpretation of the Tres Pasos Formation at Cerro Divisadero.
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Stratigraphic Evolution of Deep-Water Architecture: Examples of controls and depositional styles from the Magallanes Basin, southern Chile
This large format (11 × 17 inch) all color outcrop atlas and field guide was produced for the SEPM Research Conference held in Chile in February, 2009. It contains a wealth of information on the world class deep water outcrops of the Cretaceous of the Magallanes Basin in the Ultima Esperanza District, Chilean Patagonia. This book covers the significant outcrops in the region the Punta Barrosa Formation, CerroToro Fm., and the Tres Pasos Fm.