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Contribution to the understanding of the Ionian Basin sedimentary evolution along the eastern edge of Apulia during the Late Cretaceous in Albania

  • Le Goff, J. University of Bordeaux, Pessac, France - KU Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium
  • Cerepi, A. University of Bordeaux, Pessac, France
  • Swennen, R. KU Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium
  • Loisy, C. University of Bordeaux, Pessac, France
  • Caron, Michèle University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Muska, K. Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania
  • Desouky, H. El KU Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium - Geology Department, Menoufia University, Egypt
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  • Sedimentary Geology. - 2015, vol. 317, p. 87–101
English Integrated in the peri-Adriatic domain, the Ionian Basin extended along a NW-SE direction during the Late Cretaceous, limited on its sides by the Apulian and the Kruja platforms. The basinal/slope succession was studied in seven outcrops exposed in the Albanian fold-and-thrust belt. Sedimentological investigations, supported by bio- and chronostratigraphy were performed on calcareous Upper Cretaceous hemipelagites, gravity-flow deposits and slumps. The western part of the basin was studied, revealing a strong influence of the Apulian margin, alternatively shedding sediment basinward, by means of a tectonically controlled edge. The Late Albian to Cenomanian period is characterized by the settling of muddy debrites along the margin. A deep basinal environment characterizes this period which prolongs until the Santonian, with no significant influx of the platform basinward. This sedimentary setting abruptly changed at the end of the Santonian, with an important influx derived from both platforms. Coarsening and thickening upward sequences show a progressive increase in sediment shedding during the Campanian. The Late Campanian-Early Maastrichtian period points out a major change on the resedimentation processes with the settling of several slumped units reworking thick sediment packages. The latter can be traced along the Apulian margin, testifying of instabilities along the edge of Apulia.
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Département de Géosciences
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