Upper Permian lowstand fans of the Bredehorn Member, Schuchert Dal Formation, East Greenland

Mikkel Kreiner-Møller, Lars Stemmerik

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Sedimentary facies analysis of the Upper Permian Bredehorn Member, Schuchert Dal Formation shows that it is composed of eight sand-rich facies that can be classified as Bouma sequences. The turbidites are grouped into six facies associations that form different parts of two lowstand fan systems in northern Jameson Land. The larger, Biskop Alf Gletscher-Oksedal fan extends for more than 30 km north-south. In the southern proximal part it is composed of channels and proximal lobe deposits with a composite thickness of 127 m. In the northern, more distal outcrops it consists of outer lobe deposits. Outcrops of the smaller, marginal Store Blydal fan are composed primarily of lobe sediments. Transport directions in both fans indicate north- and northeastward flow of the turbidites reflecting redistribution by axial turbidity currents of the transverse westerly infill. The northward tilting of the basin conforms with the data from the underlying Carboniferous fluvial systems but contrasts to the southward tilting of the Jurassic basin. Both fans are composed of three turbidite systems that can be correlated laterally. They are separated by shales. Each system represents deposition during sea-level lowstand, and the Bredehorn Member represents three events of lowstand fan deposition. The oldest part of the fan systems was deposited during latest Ravnefjeld Formation times and the sandstones are encased in organic-rich, source-prone shales.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSedimentary Environments Offshore Norway — Palaeozoic to Recent
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Norwegian Petroleum Society Conference 3-5 May 1999 • Bergen, Norway
EditorsOle J. Martinsen, Tom Dreyer
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-0-444-50241-4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
EventNorwegian Petroleum Society Conference 1999 - Bergen, Norway
Duration: 3 May 19995 May 1999

Publication series

SeriesNorwegian Petroleum Society Special Publications


ConferenceNorwegian Petroleum Society Conference 1999

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 3: Energy Resources


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