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Climate Controlled Fluvial Stratigraphic Architecture in the Middle Eocene Escanilla Formation, South-Central Pyrenees, Spain

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Abstract

Ancient fluvial deposits typically display repetitive patterns in their depositional architecture such as alternating intervals of laterally-stacked, high-amalgamation (HA) channels, and floodplain-dominated intervals with vertically-stacked, low-amalgamation (LA) channels. Such patterns are usually ascribed to base-level driven changes in accommodation space. However, “upstream” factors such as water discharge and sediment flux have also been recognized for their potential role in controlling stratigraphic architecture but have not been tested in ancient fluvial systems. Here, we use paleohydraulic reconstructions to document riverbed gradient evolution within three middle Eocene (~40 Ma) fluvial HA-LA sequences in the Escanilla formation in the south-Pyrenean foreland basin. We show, in an ancient fluvial system, that river slope was primarily driven by climate-controlled water discharge variations rather than base-level changes as commonly assumed. These results have fundamental implications for the interpretation of the fluvial stratigraphic record and for our ability to reconstruct ancient hydroclimates.
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insu-03937423 , version 1 (13-01-2023)

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Nikhil Sharma, Alexander Whittaker, Stephen Watkins, Luis Valero, Jean Vérité, et al.. Climate Controlled Fluvial Stratigraphic Architecture in the Middle Eocene Escanilla Formation, South-Central Pyrenees, Spain. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2022 (AGU 2022), American Geophysical Union, Dec 2022, Chicago, United States. pp.EP56A-02. ⟨insu-03937423⟩
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