Controls on Sedimentation at Convergent Plate-Margins

  1. L. E. Frostick3 and
  2. R. J. Steel4
  1. D. I. M. Macdonald

Published Online: 16 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304053.ch13

Tectonic Controls and Signatures in Sedimentary Successions

Tectonic Controls and Signatures in Sedimentary Successions

How to Cite

Macdonald, D. I. M. (1994) Controls on Sedimentation at Convergent Plate-Margins, in Tectonic Controls and Signatures in Sedimentary Successions (eds L. E. Frostick and R. J. Steel), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304053.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Reading, UK

  2. 4

    Bergen, Norway

Author Information

  1. British Antarctic Survey, NERC, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ET, UK

  1. Cambridge Arctic Shelf Programme, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EQ, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 FEB 1994

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632037452

Online ISBN: 9781444304053



  • convergent plate-margin basins;
  • controls on sedimentation at convergent plate-margin basins;
  • basin classification systems;
  • petrographic analysis;
  • allocyclic controls;
  • ancient fore-arc basins


Convergent margins are areas of geological complexity. Basins which occur in the same position relative to a volcanic arc may owe their origin to more than one process of formation. Sedimentation in convergent-margin basins is controlled by a wide variety of tectonic processes, which may also influence and bias the preserved sedimentary record. As a result, there are no unique sedimentological indicators of basin position or type. However, the sedimentary rocks record many of the important events, which can be synthesized to reconstruct the history of a convergent margin. Autocyclic sedimentological models are not always appropriately applied to convergent- margin sedimentary systems. This is particularly true of fan models of deep-marine turbidite sedimentation. Any sedimentological model developed for a convergent-margin basin should include allocyclic controls relevant to the tectonic setting. Such models should be built within a rational plate tectonic framework.