The Pissouri Basin fan-delta complex, southwestern Cyprus

Dorrik A.V. Stow, Neil E. Braakenburg, Costas Xenophontos

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The Pliocene-Pleistocene sedimentary fill of a small (70 km2) sub-basin in southwestern Cyprus is interpreted as representing a fan-delta complex with braid channels, which shows a broadly progradational sequence influenced by both sea-level fluctuation and tectonic activity. Basin differentiation began in Middle-Late Miocene with the tectonic break up of uniform carbonate deposition along southern Cyprus. During the latest Miocene (Messinian) salinity crisis, the Pissouri Basin was a shallow silled depression in which thick gypsum deposits accumulated. Renewed basin-margin faulting led to the local development of slope fan deltas, followed by extensive deeper-marine micrites and marlstones. Upwards, these are intercalated with terrigenous siltstone/sandstone turbidites that represent the bottomsets and foresets of a large fan delta. Continued uplift and erosion of Troodos resulted in the southward progradation of stacked micro-Gilbert-type deltas with interbedded Terra Rossa palaeosols that form the fan-delta topset unit. A distinctive bioclastic calcarenite/sandstone body appears to represent a local channelised unit within the fan delta complex.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-262
Number of pages18
JournalSedimentary Geology
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1995


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