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The Tertiary Grès de Ville of the Barrême Basin: feather edge equivalent to the Grès d'Annot?

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Martin J. Evans
Martin J. Evans
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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
1201 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas TX 77380, USA
martin_evans@anadarko.com
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Trevor Elliott
Trevor Elliott
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Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, The Jane Herdman Laboratories
4 Brownlow Street, Liverpool L69 3GP, UK
elliott@liv.ac.uk
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Gillian M. Apps
Gillian M. Apps
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BHP Billiton Petroleum Americas Inc.
1360 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77056, USA
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Maria A. Mange-Rajetzky
Maria A. Mange-Rajetzky
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Department of Geology, University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2004

Abstract

The Tertiary Grès de Ville in the Barrême Basin of the French Alps is conventionally considered to be the feather edge equivalent to the Grès d'Annot to the east. Both units accumulated in a province of thrust-sheet-top basins behind the initial thrust front and were supplied from a southerly hinterland (Maures-Esterel/Corsica-Sardinia). The units are also partially coeval, with the Grès de Ville being equivalent to the youngest part of the Grès d'Annot. However, the units accumulated in structurally distinct sub-basins that were separated by a fold (the St Lions anticline) that was growing at the time of Grès de Ville deposition. The Grès de Ville accumulated close to storm wave base, whereas deposition of the Grès d'Annot was notably deeper, indicating that the Barrême Basin was structurally higher than the Grès d'Annot Basin. There is also evidence that the Grès de Ville and the Grès d'Annot were fed by separate sediment transport paths linked to different drainage basins in the hinterland. It is therefore an oversimplification to regard the Grès de Ville as a feather edge to the Grès d'Annot; instead it should be regarded as an independent element of the fill of the Barrême Basin.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Deep-Water Sedimentation in the Alpine Basin of SE France: New perspectives on the Grès d'Annot and related systems

P. Joseph
P. Joseph
Institut Français du Pétrole, France
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S. A. Lomas
S. A. Lomas
Baker Atlas Geoscience, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
221
ISBN electronic:
9781862394698
Publication date:
January 01, 2004

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