The influence of syndepositional basin floor deformation on the geometry of turbiditic sandstones: a reinterpretation of the Côte de l’Âne area (Sanguinière–Restefonds sub-basin, Grès d'Annot, Late Eocene, France)
Published:January 01, 2004
Olivier Broucke, François Guillocheau, Cécile Robin, Philippe Joseph, Sylvain Calassou, 2004. "The influence of syndepositional basin floor deformation on the geometry of turbiditic sandstones: a reinterpretation of the Côte de l’Âne area (Sanguinière–Restefonds sub-basin, Grès d'Annot, Late Eocene, France)", 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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The Côte de l’Âne section has been previously interpreted as shallow marine deposits (deltaic system with delta-front to bay head and back-barrier environments). The purpose of this article is (1) to suggest a reinterpretation of these facies of the Grès d'Annot in this area as deep marine deposits and (2) to discuss the effect of an evolving seafloor topography during sedimentation on the stacking pattern of turbiditic deposits. The facies analysis of the sedimentary succession is based on eight measured sedimentological logs and on the visual correlation of identified surfaces. Detailed sedimentological observations permitted the identification of a turbidite facies spectrum, schematized in nine facies associations. Outcrop-scale analysis highlights a downstream thickening of the sedimentary sequence resulting from a strong control by tectonic deformation. This deformation is mainly a flexure with a half-wavelength longer than 500m. Associated normal faults may be related to a gravity slide of unconsolidated sediments accommodated within the flexure. Finally, detailed correlations based on the genetic unit model in the Restefonds-Sanguinière system establish the effect of an evolving seafloor topography during sedimentation on the stacking pattern of turbiditic deposits.
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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.