Clinoform migration patterns of a Late Miocene delta complex in the Danish Central Graben; implications for relative sea-level changes

L.K. Møller, E.S. Rasmussen, O.R. Clausen

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A Late Miocene delta complex is located in the Danish Central Graben. The delta complex provides the opportunity to study the spatial development of a wave-fluvial dominated delta complex in three dimensions. Based on 3D seismic data (seismic sections and amplitude maps) and well data the complex has been investigated. The delta was developed during an initial rise and then a significant fall (approximately 90 m) in relative sea-level. The prograding clinoformal package of the delta complex has clinoform dips of 2-3° and a thickness of maximum 115 m. The sediments are deposited in five elongated depositional units with the long axis parallel to the delta slope, and progradation occurred in a south-westerly direction. The grain size of the units vary from muddy to coarse-grained sand. Incised canyons running parallel to the depositional direction tend to be straight or have low sinuosity and incise approximately 90 m into the top of the delta. The delta complex has been subdivided into two systems tracts based on a study of clinoform migration patterns: (1) Rising trajectory in Unit 1-4 of the complex, the sea-level was rising as documents a highstand systems tract (HST). (2) Descending trajectory in Unit 5 documenting a forced regression wedge systems tract (FRWST) as the sea-level was falling, creating incised canyons.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Sider (fra-til)704-720
Antal sider17
TidsskriftBasin Research
Vol/bind21
Udgave nummer5
DOI
StatusUdgivet - okt. 2009

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