Evolution of Lacustrine Systems in the Tertiary Narbonne Basin, Northern Pyrenean Foreland, Southeast France

  1. P. Anadón,
  2. Li. Cabrera and
  3. K. Kelts
  1. J. Szulc1,
  2. Ph. Roger2,
  3. M. P. Mouline2 and
  4. M. Lenguin2

Published Online: 14 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303919.ch14

Lacustrine Facies Analysis

Lacustrine Facies Analysis

How to Cite

Szulc, J., Roger, Ph., Mouline, M. P. and Lenguin, M. (1991) Evolution of Lacustrine Systems in the Tertiary Narbonne Basin, Northern Pyrenean Foreland, Southeast France, in Lacustrine Facies Analysis (eds P. Anadón, Li. Cabrera and K. Kelts), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303919.ch14

Author Information

  1. 1

    Institute of Geological Sciences. Jagellonian University 30-063, Oleandry str. 2a, Cracow, Poland

  2. 2

    Institut de Géodynamique, Université Bordeaux III Av. des Facultes, 33 405 Talence Cedex, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 6 SEP 1991

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632031498

Online ISBN: 9781444303919



  • Introduction;
  • General Setting;
  • Stratigraphy and Overall Facies Arrangement of the Basin Fill;
  • Lacustrine Systems in the Narbonne Basin;
  • Hydrocarbons


The Narbonne Basin was formed within an irregular depression located on the Eastern Corbières thrust sheet. During late Oligocene and early Miocene (Aquitanian) times, this piggyback basin was filled with non-marine sediments including lacustrine and palustrine carbonates, evaporites (gypsum), alluvial fine-grained siliciclastics, and fanglomerates. Minor components of the basin fill include cherts, lignites, and bituminous matter. Three lithostratigraphical units are distinguished. These units comprise facies assemblages characteristic of fluctuating, evaporitic–non-evaporitic lacustrine episodes. The lacustrine succession is attributed to subtropical–tropical climate fluctuation, as it is interpreted here that syndepositional tectonics was of minor significance and only influenced local sedimentation. Some geochemical investigations (including δ18O, δ13C and δ34S), are used to reconstruct brine evolution.