Sedimentary, tectonic, and sea-level controls on submarine fan and slope-apron turbidite systems

Dorrik A. V. Stow, David G. Howell, C. Hans Nelson

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Abstract

To help understand factors that influence submarine fan deposition, we outline some of the principal sedimentary, tectonic, and sea-level controls involved in deep-water sedimentation, give some data on the rates at which they operate, and evaluate their probable effects. Three depositional end-member systems, two submarine fan types (elongate and radial), and a third nonfan, slope-apron system result primarily from variations in sediment type and supply. Tectonic setting and local and global sea-level changes further modify the nature of fan growth, the distribution of facies, and the resulting vertical stratigraphic sequences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-64
Number of pages8
JournalGeo-Marine Letters
Volume3
Issue number2-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1983

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