The Cretaceous Talme Yafe Formation: A Contour Current Shaped Sedimentary Prism of Calcareous Detritus at the Continental Margin of the Arabian Craton

  1. Dorrik A. V. Stow
  1. Amos Bein1,2 and
  2. Yehezkiel Weiler1,2

Published Online: 29 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304473.ch19

Deep-Water Turbidite Systems

Deep-Water Turbidite Systems

How to Cite

Bein, A. and Weiler, Y. (1991) The Cretaceous Talme Yafe Formation: A Contour Current Shaped Sedimentary Prism of Calcareous Detritus at the Continental Margin of the Arabian Craton, in Deep-Water Turbidite Systems (ed D. A. V. Stow), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304473.ch19

Editor Information

  1. Department of Geology, University of Southampton, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Petroleum Research Division, Geological Survey of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel

  2. 2

    Israel Institute of Petroleum, Tel Aviv, Israel

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 NOV 1991

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632032624

Online ISBN: 9781444304473

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Keywords:

  • prism-shaped accumulation;
  • calcareous detritus;
  • epicontinental platform;
  • downslope movement;
  • abyssal plain

Summary

The Cretaceous (Albian-Turonian) Talme Yafe Formation is a huge prism-shaped accumulation (more than 3000 m thick, about 20 km wide, and at least 150 km long) of calcareous detritus at the northwest continental margin of the Arabian Craton (Israel). Its sources of clastic material are biochemical carbonates and skeletal fragments derived from rudistid reefs deposited on the wide epicontinental platform located east of the accumulation site. Transport of the material from the shelf platform over the edge onto the slope was probably done by storms and by tidal and seasonal currents. Downslope movement was by nepheloid layers and by gravity-induced currents (turbidity currents?) whereas contour currents are considered the main dispersing and shaping agent active on the slope proper. No clear - cut evidence indicating turbidites was perceived; however, they would be expected to be found west of the study area, on the abyssal plain where they are usually ponded.