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First record of contourites from Lower Devonian Liptrap Formation in southeast Australia

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Typical contourite deposits associated with submarine turbidite fan deposits are recognized for the first time from the Lower Devonian Liptrap Formation at Cape Liatrap, Victoria in southeast Australia. The contourites are well integrated within the turbidite fan deposits and are characterized by thin (5-8 cm), lenticular, well-sorted coarse-grained siltstones to fine-grained sandstones with current-ripples and cross beddings. The palaeocurrent directions of the turbidite fan and contourites are perpendicular to each other, with the former directed generally westward while the latter varying from 165° to 190° southward. In view of the facies types and architecture, we suggest that the turbidite fan was developed at the base of a westward inclined palaeo-slope, at the front of which the contourites were deposited as a result of southward flowing deep-sea contour (geostrophic) currents. The depositional setting interpreted for the Liptrap Formation thus may provide a provisional model for the Lower Devonian continental slope and abyssal basin environment in the southeastern part of the Melbourne Trough. © Science in China Press and Springer-Verlag GmbH 2008.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Du, Y. S., Shi, G. R., & Gong, Y. M. (2008). First record of contourites from Lower Devonian Liptrap Formation in southeast Australia. Science in China, Series D: Earth Sciences, 51(7), 939-946. doi:10.1007/s11430-008-0068-6

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-47249139166

Start Page


  • 939

End Page


  • 946

Volume


  • 51

Issue


  • 7

Abstract


  • Typical contourite deposits associated with submarine turbidite fan deposits are recognized for the first time from the Lower Devonian Liptrap Formation at Cape Liatrap, Victoria in southeast Australia. The contourites are well integrated within the turbidite fan deposits and are characterized by thin (5-8 cm), lenticular, well-sorted coarse-grained siltstones to fine-grained sandstones with current-ripples and cross beddings. The palaeocurrent directions of the turbidite fan and contourites are perpendicular to each other, with the former directed generally westward while the latter varying from 165° to 190° southward. In view of the facies types and architecture, we suggest that the turbidite fan was developed at the base of a westward inclined palaeo-slope, at the front of which the contourites were deposited as a result of southward flowing deep-sea contour (geostrophic) currents. The depositional setting interpreted for the Liptrap Formation thus may provide a provisional model for the Lower Devonian continental slope and abyssal basin environment in the southeastern part of the Melbourne Trough. © Science in China Press and Springer-Verlag GmbH 2008.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Du, Y. S., Shi, G. R., & Gong, Y. M. (2008). First record of contourites from Lower Devonian Liptrap Formation in southeast Australia. Science in China, Series D: Earth Sciences, 51(7), 939-946. doi:10.1007/s11430-008-0068-6

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-47249139166

Start Page


  • 939

End Page


  • 946

Volume


  • 51

Issue


  • 7