Hauterivian to Lower Aptian Carbonate Shelf Sedimentation and Sequence Stratigraphy in the Jura and Northern Subalpine Chains (Southeastern France and Swiss Jura)

  1. Maurice E. Tucker2,
  2. James Lee Wilson3,
  3. Paul D. Crevello4,
  4. J. Rick Sarg5 and
  5. J. Fred Read6
  1. A. Arnaud-Vanneau and
  2. H. Arnaud

Published Online: 15 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303834.ch8

Carbonate Platforms: Facies, Sequences and Evolution

Carbonate Platforms: Facies, Sequences and Evolution

How to Cite

Arnaud-Vanneau, A. and Arnaud, H. (1986) Hauterivian to Lower Aptian Carbonate Shelf Sedimentation and Sequence Stratigraphy in the Jura and Northern Subalpine Chains (Southeastern France and Swiss Jura), in Carbonate Platforms: Facies, Sequences and Evolution (eds M. E. Tucker, J. L. Wilson, P. D. Crevello, J. Rick Sarg and J. F. Read), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303834.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Durham, UK

  2. 3

    New Braunfels, Texas, USA

  3. 4

    Littleton, Colorado, USA

  4. 5

    Midland, Texas, USA

  5. 6

    Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

Author Information

  1. Laboratoire de Géologie Alpine associé au CNRS (URA 69). Université Joseph Fourier, Institut Dolomieu, Rue Maurice Gignoux, 38031-Grenoble cedex, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 22 DEC 1986

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632027583

Online ISBN: 9781444303834

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Keywords:

  • Hauterivian to Lower Aptian carbonate shelf sedimentation and stratigraphy – Jura and northern subalpine chains;
  • Western Alps;
  • Hauterivian hemipelagic wedge;
  • transgressive systems tract;
  • sequence stratigraphy

Summary

In the Jura and the northern sub-alpine chains (SE France), sedimentological and palaeontological analysis of Hauterivian–early Aptian platform carbonates shows that platform development was affected by both the morphological inheritance of Liassic rifting and variations in sea-level. Three major variations in relative sea-level can be observed: (1) a sudden drop in relative sea-level at the beginning of the Barremian, allowing the Jura platform to become emergent and a lowstand wedge to develop along the previous Hauterivian slope; (2) a rise in sea-level in the late Barremian, bringing about the submergence of the Jura platform and the deposition throughout the region of Urgonian limestone characterized by the development of rudist facies over a vast inner-shelf; (3) an emergence, preceding the transgression at the end of the early Aptian, characterized by the carving of incised valleys filled with marls of the upper Orbitolina beds. Each stage of this evolution is characterized by a proper model of carbonate platform with shallowing-upward sequences.