The southern Grès d'Annot outcrops (French Alps): an attempt at regional correlation
E. Du Fornel, P. Joseph, G. Desaubliaux, R. Eschard, F. Guillocheau, O. Lerat, C. Muller, C. Ravenne, K. Sztràkos, 2004. "The southern Grès d'Annot outcrops (French Alps): an attempt at regional correlation", Deep-Water Sedimentation in the Alpine Basin of SE France: New perspectives on the Grès d'Annot and related systems, P. Joseph, S. A. Lomas
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During Eocene-Oligocene times, the Grès d'Annot turbidite system (French Alps) was deposited in several tectonically controlled sub-basins, which were mainly fed from a southern major sediment source: the Corsica-Sardinia Massif. In order to establish regional correlations in the southern part of the basin, four kilometre-scale outcrop areas were studied in detail. From south to north these are: the St Antonin, Annot, Grand Coyer and Chalufy areas. The results are: (1) an updated chronostratigraphic framework, (2) a major SE-NW correlation panel, approximately 400m thick and 50 km long, parallel to palaeocurrent directions, within which all stratigraphic units are defined in terms of sedimentology and micropalaeontology and (3) some correlation panels at outcrop scale (around 5 km long and several hundred metres thick), within which all stratigraphic units are defined as before, but with the addition of a direct visual control on correlations, which enables the reconstruction of higher resolution geometry. Seven time-equivalent stratigraphic packages have been correlated from upstream to downstream, making use of micropalaeontologic constraints, and their geometric and facies evolution have been reconstructed through times. This evolution may be related to different stages in the basin deformation, induced by the east to west development of the Alpine foreland basin.
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Deep-Water Sedimentation in the Alpine Basin of SE France: New perspectives on the Grès d'Annot and related systems
The Grès d′Annot Formation of SE France constitutes a classic and outstanding example of a sand-rich turbidite system controlled by synsedimentary tectonics, and has often been used as an outcrop analogue for deep-water hydrocarbon reservoirs. Over the last 10 years, research efforts by different academic and industrial teams have led to important reappraisals of prevailing ideas on the Gres d′Annot, particularly on the nature and controlling factors of the depositional processes, the small-scale architecture and sequence organization of the deposits, the tectonic regime of the basin and its impact on palaeogeography, and the interaction between sediment gravity flows and basin-floor topography.
This volume offers a multidisciplinary overview and draws up the ′state-of-the-art′ of scientific knowledge on this influential turbidite system. Complementary aspects are covered, from structural geology, sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy, to modelling of sedimentary processes and architectures, geochemistry, reservoir characterization, seismic modelling and uses as analogues for deep-marine hydrocarbon fields.
This book will be of use to both academic researchers (geologists and geophysicists) and industry professionals dealing with the characterization and modelling of deep-water sediments.