Seismically-induced soft-sediment deformation structures in Upper Triassic deepwater carbonates (Central Sicily)

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Abstract

We describe soft-sediment deformation structures into the Upper Triassic cherty limestone outcropping in the PizzoLupo section (Central Sicily, Italy), pertaining to the deep-water palaeodomain of the Southern Tethyan margin.In the study section, mainly consisting of thin-bedded mudstone/marl alternations with bedded chert intercalations,some lithofacies have been separated on the basis of the abundance of the calcium carbonate/clay content and the overalltextural features.The deformational structures, displaying different deformational styles as folded and faulted beds, disturbed layers,clastic dikes, and slumps occur mainly in the deformed horizons that involve marl-dominated lithofacies. Small-scalewater-escape structures involve beds with nodular fabric. Synsedimentary faults affect the mud-limestone dominatedlithofacies, which are characterized by fault-rotating blocks producing lateral thinning. These bodies appear to havemoved coherently along an overall planar surface.We relate these soft-sediment deformations to slump sheets, associated with down-slope sliding of sedimentarymasses. The deformation mechanism and driving force for these soft-sediment deformations are due essentially togravitational instability and dewatering.Detailing, rotational (slump) and translational (glide) slides and water-escape are the main processes causing thedistinguished deformational styles.The synsedimentary extensional tectonics that affected the Upper Triassic pelagic deposits was the triggering processresponsible for the instability of the seafloor inducing loss of coherence of the unconsolidated sediments on the seabottom, developing a large number of gravity-driven slides.The analysis of both of these SSDSs and their relationships with the structural scenario allow us to hypothesise thatthey are seismically-induced.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)454-454
Numero di pagine1
RivistaRENDICONTI ONLINE DELLA SOCIETÀ GEOLOGICA ITALIANA
Volume40
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2016

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