Oligocene climate changes controlling forced regression in the eastern North Sea

O.R. Clausen, K.K. Śliwińska, B. Gołędowski

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In this paper we investigate the Early Oligocene (Rupelian) high-angle clinoform complex from the western part of the Norwegian-Danish Basin. The study consists of an integrated analysis of 3D seismics, petrophysical well logs and micropaleontological data. A series of erosional features and geometry of prograding units, e.g. the high-angle clinoform complex, interpreted as a forced regressive unit, is identified. The proposed depositional model accounts for lithological variations, climate-induced sea-level fluctuation and depositional environment. The characteristic high-angle clinoform complex has been estimated to be of Late Rupelian age. Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the unit (based on dinocyst analysis) suggests that the deposition of the succession took place in submarine conditions. Presence of a cold-water dinoflagellate Svalbardella within the unit containing high-angle clinoforms suggests that the unit was deposited during one of the Oligocene glacial maxima (the most probably the Oi2 cooling event).

Sider (fra-til)1-14
Antal sider14
TidsskriftMarine and Petroleum Geology
Udgave nummer1
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2012
Udgivet eksterntJa


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