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Title: 20 Myr of eccentricity paced lacustrine cycles in the Cenozoic Ebro Basin
Author: Valero, Luis
Garcés, Miguel
Cabrera, Lluís
Costa Gisbert, Elisenda
Sáez, Alberto
Keywords: Sediments lacustres
Ebre, Depressió de l'
Lake sediments
Ebro River Watershed (Spain)
Issue Date: 3-Oct-2014
Publisher: University College London, Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Department of Mathematics
Abstract: Long-period orbital forcing is a crucial component of the major global climate shifts during the Cenozoic as revealed in marine pelagic records. A complementary regional perspective of climate change can be assessed from internally drained lake basins, which are directly affected by insolation and precipitation balance. The Ebro Basin in northeastern Iberia embraces a 20 Myr long continuous sedimentary record where recurrent expansions and retractions of the central lacustrine system suggest periodic shifts of water balance due to orbital oscillations. In order to test climatic (orbital) forcing a key-piece of the basin, the Los Monegros lacustrine system, has been analyzed in detail. The cyclostratigraphic analysis points to orbital eccentricity as pacemaker of short to long-term lacustrine sequences, and reveals a correlation of maxima of the 100-kyr, 400-kyr and 2.4-Myr eccentricity cycles with periods of lake expansion. A magnetostratigraphy-based chronostratigraphy of the complete continental record allows further assessing long-period orbital forcing at basin scale, a view that challenges alternate scenarios where the stratigraphic architecture in foreland systems is preferably associated to tectonic processes. We conclude that while the location of lacustrine depocenters reacted to the long-term tectonic-driven accommodation changes, shorter wavelenght oscillations of lake environments, still million-year scale, claims for a dominance of orbital forcing. We suggest a decoupling between (tectonic) supply-driven clastic sequences fed from basin margins and (climatic) base level-driven lacustrine sequences in active settings with medium to large sediment transfer systems.
Note: Versió postprint del document publicat a: 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.10.007
It is part of: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2014, vol. 408, p. 183-193
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ISSN: 0012-821X
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