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Deep-water sedimentation on an evolving fault-block: the Braux and St Benoit outcrops of the Grès d'Annot

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Mark Tomasso
Mark Tomasso
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School of Earth Sciences, The University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
mark.tomasso@ucd.ie
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Hugh D. Sinclair
Hugh D. Sinclair
2
School of Geosciences, The University of Edinburgh, Grant Institute
King’s Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JW, UK
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Published:
January 01, 2004

Abstract

The record of sediment fill contained in sub-basins of the western outcrops of the Grès d'Annot indicates that, throughout the period of deposition of the sandstones, there was very little synsedimentary tectonic activity. However, evidence of syntectonic sedimentation is preserved in the basal portion of the fill of the Annot sub-basin. The lowermost portions of the turbidite infill of the Annot sub-basin crop out around Braux and St Benoit. These outcrops are separated by the St Benoit Fault, which is thought to have developed as a result of sinistral strike-slip movement on the main Rouaine Fault to the south. The St Benoit Fault has a normal offset of up to 400 m to the east. Detailed mapping within the Calcaires Nummulitiques, Marnes Bleues and Grès d'Annot, has led to the recognition of several features that indicate a syntectonic sedimentary evolution for the outcrops. These record a three-phase progressive evolution of the St Benoit Fault through the upper Calcaires Nummulitiques to the lowermost Grès d'Annot. As part of this, there are implications for deposition from turbidity currents on encountering topographic barriers. To our knowledge, this area contains one of the few outcrop examples of half-graben formation within the confined basins of the Grès d'Annot.

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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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