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Chronostratigraphy, palaeogeography and sequence stratigraphy

January 01, 2004


New sedimentological and biostratigraphical data on the Annot sub-basin (southern Alps, France) provide a good overview of a fore-deep basin infill with well-known Annot turbiditic complex. This basin shows a total thickness of more than 1100 m, where the Grès d'Annot exceeds 500m with well-longitudinal and transversal outcrops. Our study is to define a chronostratigraphical framework, which allows comparisons of local signatures of sea-level fluctuations with eustatic curve, and also identification of tectonic effects. The Annot succession could be interpreted as a second-order cycle. We identify a deepening and transgressive Priabonian interval, represented by the transition from platform of the Calcaires Nummulitiques to hemipelagic marls of the Marnes Bleues where tectonic subsidence rate outpaces third-order eustatic fluctuations and sedimentary influx. Priabonian to early Rupelian Annot turbidites progressively appear with a thickening-and coarsening-upward stacking pattern of four different sand-rich turbiditic systems with lobes, megaslide, channelized lobes and erosional/depositional channel. Each prograding system is separated by an erosive surface corresponding to a third sequence boundary. A possible sequence stratigraphy interpretation may be modelled as a forced regression during foreland basin closure, where the upper turbiditic systems correspond to lowstand prograding complexes from basin floor fan to proximal slope fan.

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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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January 01, 2004




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