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Title: The deep seismic reflection MARCONI-3 profile: Role of extensional Mesozoic structure during the Pyrenean contractional deformation at the eastern part of the Bay of Biscay
Author: Ferrer García, J. Oriol (José Oriol)
Roca i Abella, Eduard
Benjumea Moreno, Beatriz
Muñoz, J. A.
Ellouz, Nadine
Keywords: Tectònica salina
Biscaia (País Basc)
Tectonique du sel
Vizcaya (País Vasco)
Issue Date: Sep-2008
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Abstract: The new MARCONI-3 deep seismic profile allows recognition of the upper crustal structure of the eastern part of the Bay of Biscay and the main features of its Alpine geodynamic evolution. It denotes that the easternmost part of the Bay of Biscay consists of a thick wedge of uppermost Cretaceous to Cenozoic synorogenic sediments lying unconformably on the top of a thinned continental crust with the Mesozoic Parentis Basin to the north and the coeval Landes High to the south. The Parentis Basin appears as a major half-graben bounded southwards by a north-dipping planar fault. It is filled by a thick sequence of Jurassic-Upper Cretaceous carbonates affected by salt domes and squeezed diapirs made up of Triassic evaporites and mudstones. These salt tectonic structures also affect the overlying uppermost Cretaceous to Lower Miocene synorogenic deposits which are folded upon these structures. The Landes High includes a thin pre-Upper Cretaceous cover tilted to the south. In the Basque shelf, it is deformed by a basement-involving thrust wedge emplaced during the Late Eocene- Miocene that constitutes the North-Pyrenean contractional front. Geometric relationships and thickness variations depict that this overall structure results from the following.
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It is part of: Marine and Petroleum Geology, 2008, vol. 25, num. 8, p. 714-730
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ISSN: 0264-8172
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