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Title: Sedimentary architecture of ancient submarine channel systems of the Maraş Basin (Kahramanmaraş Province, Turkey)
Author: Lopez Jimenez, Ramon
ISNI:       0000 0004 6423 2927
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2017
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The topic of this thesis is the study of deposits from ancient submarine channel systems in the Miocene Maraş Basin (southern Turkey). The results show four independent systems in the form of slope channel complexes in the stratigraphic sequence of the basin. The present study focuses particularly on the reconstruction of the sedimentary architecture and palaeo-flow interpretation of the deposits of two of these systems: the Alikayası and the Karışık Systems. The approach followed was the architectural analysis scheme. The data from maps, sketches and logs was organized following a hierarchy of bounding surfaces as well as by the grouping of canyon/channel-fills according to key sedimentary attributes. The resultant sedimentary architecture of the Alikayası System suggests a fundamental control by the propagation of a submarine fold-and-thrust belt. The sedimentary architecture of the Alikayası System does not agree with generic hierarchical models proposed for the description of slope channel complexes. On the other hand, the Karışık System is interpreted as an intraslope system, which was dominated by submarine landslides and developed small channel systems, resulting in sequences of mass transport deposits and channel-fills. The propagation of a fold-and-thrust belt also controlled the sedimentary architecture of the Karışık System. All the systems identified in the Maraş Basin are interpreted to have been part of submarine channel systems connected to the shelf, transferring coarse-grained clastic sediments (e.g. gravel and sand) from the coast to the marine deepwater environment.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: PRACSS Joint Industry Project
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Sedimentation and deposition ; Turbidites ; Submarine geology