Allochthonous Deep-Water Carbonates and Relative Sea-Level Changes: The Upper Jurassic-Cretaceous of Southeast France

  1. Henry W. Posamentier2,
  2. Colin P. Summerhayes3,
  3. Bilal U. Haq4 and
  4. George P. Allen5
  1. G. Dromart,
  2. S. Ferry and
  3. F. Atrops

Published Online: 15 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304015.ch16

Sequence Stratigraphy and Facies Associations

Sequence Stratigraphy and Facies Associations

How to Cite

Dromart, G., Ferry, S. and Atrops, F. (1993) Allochthonous Deep-Water Carbonates and Relative Sea-Level Changes: The Upper Jurassic-Cretaceous of Southeast France, in Sequence Stratigraphy and Facies Associations (eds H. W. Posamentier, C. P. Summerhayes, B. U. Haq and G. P. Allen), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304015.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Plano, Texas, USA

  2. 3

    Godalming, UK

  3. 4

    Washington, DC, USA

  4. 5

    St Remy les Chevreuses, France

Author Information

  1. Université de Lyon, Centre des Sciences de la Terre, URA CNRS no. 11, 43 bd du 11 novembre, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 NOV 1993

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632035489

Online ISBN: 9781444304015

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Keywords:

  • AUochthonous deep-water carbonates and relative sea-level changes - Upper Jurassic-Lowermost Cretaceous of southeast France;
  • basin margin sequences;
  • Oxfordian-Kimmeridgian fine-grained carbonates;
  • Tithonian-Berriasian limestone conglomerates - allochthonous olistostromes (gravity flows) and para-autochthonous lag deposits;
  • Tithonian-Berriasian deep-water limestone conglomerates - Subalpine basin;
  • basin successions;
  • exxon global cycle chart

Summary

The subpelagic, limestone-dominant Kimmeridgian–Berriasian series of the Subalpine Basin is examined from two sets of sections, each representative of a slope/margin and a basin depositional setting. Massive, polymictic limestone conglomerates (olistostromes), together with turbidites and slide-slumps, show an extensive development at the base of the lowstand systems tracts. However, such depositional features are not unique to intervals of relative sea-level fall and do occur within both highstand and lowstand units. In contrast, monomictic limestone conglomerates (lag-type deposits) seem to uniquely characterize the transgressive systems tracts. Finally, it is suggested that depositional sequence development may be controlled by tectono-eustasy (change in basin volume and physiography) in this basin area.