Geological Magazine: Lower Cretaceous Barents Sea strata: epicontinental basin configuration, timing, correlation and depositional dynamics

Ivar Midtkandal (UiO), Jan Inge Faleide (UiO), Thea Sveva Faleide (UiO), Christopher Sæbø Serck (UiO), Sverre Planke(UiO/VBPR AS), Romain Corseri (VBPR AS), Myrsini Dimitriou (Equinor Energy AS), and Johan Petter Nystuen (UiO) are the authors of the paper “Lower Cretaceous Barents Sea strata: epicontinental basin configuration, timing, correlation and depositional dynamics”, published in the journal Geological Magazine.

Abstract:

A comprehensive dataset is collated in a study on sediment transport, timing and basin physiography during the Early Cretaceous Period in the Boreal Basin (Barents Sea), one of the world’s largest and longest active epicontinental basins. Long-wavelength tectonic tilt related to the Early Cretaceous High Arctic Large Igneous Province (HALIP) set up a fluvial system that developed from a sediment source area in the NW, which flowed SE across the Svalbard archipelago, terminating in a low-accommodation shallow sea within the Bjarmeland Platform area of the present-day Barents Sea. The basin deepened to the SE with a ramp-like basin floor with gentle dip. Seismic data show sedimentary lobes with internal clinoform geometry that advanced from the NW. These lobes interfingered with, and were overlain by, another younger depositional system with similar lobes sourced from the NE. The integrated data allow mapping of architectural patterns that provide information on basin physiography and control factors on source-to-sink transport and depositional patterns within the giant epicontinental basin. The results highlight how low-gradient, low-accommodation sediment transport and deposition has taken place along proximal to distal profiles for several hundred kilometres, in response to subtle changes in base level and by intra-basinal highs and troughs. Long-distance correlation along depositional dip is therefore possible, but should be treated with caution to avoid misidentification of timelines for diachronous surfaces.

Keywords: Barents Sea; Cretaceous; clinoforms; source-to-sink; palaeogeography

Midtkandal, I.; Faleide, J.I.; Faleide, T.S.; Serck, C.S.; Planke, S.; Corseri, R.; Dimitriou, M.; Nystuen J.P. (2019): Lower Cretaceous Barents Sea strata: epicontinental basin configuration, timing, correlation and depositional dynamics. Geological Magazine. DOI: 10.1017/S0016756819000918. [intranet]