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A Process Model for the Evolution of Submarine Fan Channels: Implications for Sedimentary Architecture

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J. Peakall
J. Peakall
School of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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W. D. McCaffrey
W. D. McCaffrey
School of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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B. C. Kneller
B. C. Kneller
School of Earth Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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C. E. Stelting
C. E. Stelting
Chevron U.S.A. Production Company, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
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T. R. McHargue
T. R. McHargue
Chevron Petroleum Technology Company, San Ramon, California, U.S.A.
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W. J. Schweller
W. J. Schweller
Chevron Petroleum Technology Company, La Habra, California, U.S.A.
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Published:
January 01, 2000

Abstract

Medium- to high-sinuosity, aggradational submarine channels have frequently been considered analogous to subaerial channels. However, planform evolution and resulting architecture in these submarine channels are characterized by absence of downstream migration, eventual cessation of movement, and ribbon geometries. In contrast, alluvial rivers undergo continuous downstream and lateral movement to form tabular, sheetlike bodies. A simple process model of flow structure and evolution is described for these submarine channels. Flows are predicted to be highly stratified, have significant supra-levee thicknesses, and form broad over-bank wedges of low-concentration fluid. The model, for the first time, provides a coherent set of process explanations for the primary observations of submarine channels.

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AAPG Memoir

Fine-Grained Turbidite Systems

Arnold H. Bouma
Arnold H. Bouma
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Charles G. Stone
Charles G. Stone
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
72
ISBN electronic:
9781629812625
Publication date:
January 01, 2000

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