The Var basin (Provence Alps, southeastern France) is separated from the Esteron basin to the south by the Gourdan anticline. During much of early Cretaceous time the geography of this area closely resembled the present, with two basins separated by a fault scarp at the position of the present Gourdan anticline. In the Var basin a thick Vocontian-type section of dark pelagic marls to the west graded into a neritic section of thicker Berriasian sediments, very calcareous Valanginian sediments, and glauconitic Hauterivian deposits to the east. In the Esteron basin to the south, sediments were subneritic, with numerous interruptions of sedimentation and abundant glauconite. After Bedoulian (early Aptian) time the scarp disappeared so that the basins coalesced and sedimentation became uniform.

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