T. Mulder, S. Migeon, B. Savoye, J.-M. Jouanneau; Twentieth century floods recorded in the deep Mediterranean sediments. Geology ; 29 (11): 1011–1014. doi: https://doi.org/10.1130/0091-7613(2001)029<1011:TCFRIT>2.0.CO;2
Download citation file:
Flood-generated turbidity currents represent an important process of marine sedimentation. However, no deposit related to this process has yet been described at sea. Turbiditic sequences cored at 2000 m water depth in the Mediterranean show tractive structures and superposition of reverse and normal grading. They are related to floods triggered during the twentieth century. Deposits from flood-generated turbidity currents have a great impact on the interpretation of deep-ocean paleoclimate records obtained near continental margins by linking deep-marine sedimentary records to continental climatic changes through flood frequency and magnitude. Implications of this study should help redefine the reservoir character of oil fields in fine-grained turbidites.