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Contrasting Styles of Basin-Floor Fan and Slope Fan Deposition: Mount Messenger Formation, New Zealand

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Greg H. Browne
Greg H. Browne
Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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Roger M. Slatt
Roger M. Slatt
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, U.S.A.
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Peter R. King
Peter R. King
Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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Published:
January 01, 2000

Abstract

Late Miocene Mount Messenger Formation exposures in north Taranaki, New Zealand, demonstrate contrasting styles of deepwater basin-floor fan and slope fan development. Some of these attributes may have analogs in subsurface thin-bedded, deepwater reservoirs.

Basin-floor fan settings are characterized by thick-bedded sandstone litho-facies (central lobe) and thin-bedded sandstone/siltstone lithofacies (lobe fringe). The thick- and thin-bedded sandstones were deposited by high-density mass flows. Stratigraphically higher slope fan units are invariably thin bedded. They display scouring at various scales and well-developed sedimentary structures that are indicative of deposition by turbidity flows. The slope fan depositional settings include individual and nested channels, and vertically stacked and shingled levee complexes.

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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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