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Travertinos y jasperoides de Manantial Espejo, un ambiente Hot Spring Jurásico: Macizo del Deseado, Provincia de Santa Cruz, Argentina/ Travertines and jasperoids of the Manantial Espejo, a Jurassic hot spring environment: Macizo del Deseado, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina

Echeveste, Horacio
2005-07-01

Resumen en español En este trabajo se analiza el origen y las relaciones entre travertinos y jasperoides intercalados en rocas volcaniclásticas jurásicas en el distrito argento-aurífero Manantial Espejo, ubicado en el borde sur-occidental del Macizo del Deseado, provincia de Santa Cruz, Argentina. Los cuerpos de travertino constituyen estratos delgados de hasta 60 cm de espesor de calcita micrítica finamente laminada, en ocasiones con estratificación rítmica de calcita y ópalo, asoci (mas) ados a depósitos de tobas de caída y tufitas de ambiente lacustre. En algunos afloramientos, los morfotipos reconocidos revelan que la precipitación del carbonato correspondía a sectores proximales relacionados a geisers y conductos de vapor, los cuales se orientaban a los largo de las fracturas que constituyeron los canales de circulación de fluidos. La posterior silicificación de los niveles carbonáticos produjeron jasperoides que se presentan como cuerpos tabulares subverticales y subhorizontales, estos últimos con características texturales similares a aquellas de sinters. La silicificación se originó tardíamente, posiblemente durante la etapa principal del régimen hidrotermal que generó las vetas portadoras de plata y oro. Los travertinos se formaron en un ambiente de hot spring, relacionado con fracturas de un sistema de cizalla conjugado orientadas entre N 20° a 45° E y N 20° a 40° O y constituyen las evidencias más tempranas de la presencia de un régimen epitermal asociado al proceso volcánico jurásico, en un régimen tectónico distensivo, en Manantial Espejo. Resumen en inglés In the last few years, an intense mining prospecting activity for gold and silver epithermal deposits has been carried out in the Deseado Massif, Argentina. As a result, many hot spring related deposits, of possible Jurassic age, have been detected. This paper describes the mineralogical and textural characteristics as well as the facies of a group of travertine and jasperoid outcrops occurring near the silver-gold carrying lodes in the Manantial Espejo prospect (Schalamu (mas) k et al., 1998). A genetic interpretation of the deposits is done on the basis of their structural, textural, and emplacement characteristics. Their possible relationship with the epithermal mineralization is also considered. The Manantial Espejo district is located on the southwestern area of the Deseado Massif, in the middle of the province of Santa Cruz (Fig.1). The area is almost entirely covered by andesitic and rhyolithic rocks of the Bajo Pobre and Chon Aike Formations, the product of a strong, bimodal volcanic activity of Jurassic age. This volcanic event developed in a back-arc tectonic environment linked to the opening of the Atlantic Ocean (Uliana et al., 1985; Riley et al., 2001). Acidic rocks prevail in the area, consisting on high-grade ignimbrites with ash fall tuffs, tuffites, and hydroclastic breccias (Fig. 2). Among them, the chemical and biogenic carbonate and silica deposits, are present (Fig.3). The travertine mantles can be up to 0.5 m thick and, in most of cases, they overlie tuffite layers. Typically, the rock is laminated in millimetrical to submillimetrical laminae of dense, hard, non porous micritic carbonate, displaying three types of lamination: parallel sub-horizontal; stromatolithic; and, «en echelon» (possibly, a terrace facies, Fig. 4). Sometimes, the laminated structure consists of a rhythmic deposit of calcium carbonate and opal (Figs. 5 a, b), unusual association in hot spring deposits, both recent and fossil (Jones et al., 2000a; Campbell et al., 2002; Canet et al., 2005). A variety of porous travertine, dominated by small, sub-spherical and columnar growths, of the microstromatolithic or the oncoid types. The travertine layers grade laterally to siliceous laminated jasperoids (sensu Spur, 1898 and Lovering, 1972), which make sub-horizontal mantles, 0.5 to 2.0 m thick, with identical sedimentary structures as those of travertines, although they are entirely formed of chalcedony, which is interpreted as the product of replacement of calcite into silica (Fig. 6a, b). Silicification occurred at a later stage, during the intense hydrothermal alteration accompanying the formation of the quartz veins carrying gold and silver. Some jasperoid outcrops show grossly stratified, rounded surfaces with domical structures, forming banks 0.2 to 0.4 m thick, and showing a more or less concentric layout which could correspond to the silicification of bio-built algal structures (Fig. 6b). The occurrence of small vents (Fig. 6e) show the water and steam outlets. Vertical, tabular, laminated bodies, filling fractures of NE-SW strike and slip up to 1,000 m, and 3 m thick (Fig. 6f, h). They are formed of chalcedony, displaying a vertical, banded and, at times, diffuse (Fig. 6g) or breccia like structure. The morphology of the travertines and associated jasperoids in the Manantial Espejo district are compared with travertines or hot spring deposits in general, of Quaternary or Recent (Guo and Riding, 1999; Chafetz and Guidry, 2003; Hancock et al., 1999). The analogies founded allowed to reconstruct, at least in part, the depositional environment of the studied rocks (Fig. 8). The sub-vertical, tabular bodies of banded silica, would correspond to subsurface levels of fissure ridges, where erosion has generally eliminated the surface deposits with sub-horizontal stratification overlying the faults. The northernmost end of the Ayelen Oeste «vein» (Fig. 6h) would correspond to the proximal zone of the discharge channel, very close to the fissure, since part of the sub-horizontal stratification next to the fracture (zone B in Fig. 8). This area represents the most active depositional environment, where the carbonate precipitation rate is higher. Figure 6e shows a fluid outlet vent in a spring zone (zone C, in Fig. 8). The «en echelon» stratification shows very similar characteristics to those of terraces and micro-terraces occurring in modern hot springs. Micro-terraces shown in Figure 5e, found near one of the fissure crests, could correspond to those formed laterally to the outlet channels (D, in Fig. 8). As to that shown in Figure 5f, associated to travertine with sub-horizontal, parallel lamination, could correspond to that formed in the edges of pools. With regard to the parallel lamination of micritic carbonate, occurring in most of the outcrops, it may correspond to the lacustrine rims (sensu Pentecost, 1995). This type of thin lamination, forming laterally extended banks, several tens of decimeters thick, would have formed on depressed surfaces, with a distal position relative to the spring zones. The rhythmic intercalation of thin opal laminae between the calcite layers occurring in some outcrops, reveals temporary changes in the physical-chemical conditions of the mineral precipitation, possibly seasonal temperature fluctuations. Finally, the observed stromatolites and microstromatolites (Fig. 5c, g, h) indicate the presence of microorganisms in the geothermal environment. Although there is no agreement among researchers about the organic or inorganic origin of these morphotypes in geothermal environments, it is admitted that algae and bacteria induce the precipitation of calcium carbonate. The stratigraphic position of the calcareous levels identified in Manantial Espejo show that the hot spring environment began to develop early in the district, associated to an extensional tectonic regime coincident with the La Frisia or Zanjón del Pescado System (Reimer et al., 1996) which caused fracturing (direct faults) N 20° to 45º E, and N 20º to 40° W, as a consequence of aó1 located around 0°. The produced faults, made the main hydrothermal fluid circulation channels (barren) which, after reaching the surface and losing the dissolved CO2, precipitated the calcium carbonate. The migration of the maximum stress (anti clockwise, at 315°) produced a new stress field, the Bajo Grande System (Panza, 1982, 1984) generating direct faulting combined with dextral movement, at a 110° azimuth, cutting and displacing the subvertical travertine bodies. These new fluid circulation channels end up lodging the quartz veins carrying silver and gold.

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Soil volatile mercury, boron and ammonium distribution at Cañadas caldera, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Hernández, Pedro A.; Pérez, Nemesio M.; Salazar, José M. L.; Ferrell, Ray; Álvarez, Carlos Enrique
2004-02-25

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Seafloor characterization and backscatter variability of the Almería Margin (Alboran Sea, SW Mediterranean) based on high-resolution acoustic data

Lo Iacono, Claudio; Gràcia, Eulàlia; Díez, Susana; Bozzano, Graziella; Moreno, Ximena; Dañobeitia, Juan José; Belén, Alonso
2008-04-21

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RIO GRANDE CONE TECTONO-STRATIGRAPHIC MODEL -BRAZIL: SEISMIC SEQUENCES

Castillo, L.L.A; Kazmierczak, T. de S; Chemale, Jr., F
2009-06-01

Resumen en español The seismic analyses integrated to interpretation techniques, processing, velocity model and geophysical data have permitted modeling different tectonic, stratigraphy or geomorphology features. This paper is the first approach to geomorphological features for a three dimensional depth model. The initial model comprises a seismic section grid withbidimensional configuration conversed to three dimensional subvolumes. These include a two and half dimensional model. Also, an (mas) attribute analyses in image section is necessary to determine the most relevant characteristics. The geomorphologic feature corresponds to the named Rio Grande Cone, which is characterized by principal tectonic and stratigraphic structures. That is why mapping and subsurface three dimensional modeling, with geology, geophysical and geomorphologic integration is necessary. The cone geomorphology is characterized by gravitational processes, bottom currents, tectonic structures and lithological compositions which are the principal factors that have been influencing it since Neogene. Then, the seismic interpretation could extract different tectonic, sedimentary structures and geoforms, for instance, faults, folds, channels, natural levee, contourites, etc. Resumen en inglés Análisis sísmicos integrados con técnicas de interpretación, procesamiento, información de velocidades y datos geofísicos permiten modelar diferentes rasgos de tipo tectónico, estructural o geomorfológico. Este trabajo se constituye en una primera aproximación a un modelo tridimensional de un rasgo geomorfológico ubicado en el fondo oceánico. El modelo inicial comprende una configuración bidimensional de una grilla interpretada a partir de secciones sísmicas (mas) llevadas a un volumen tridimensional, esto mediante la concepción de una aproximación dos y medio dimensional. Además de un cambio de configuración, se hizo un análisis de atributos sobre las imágenes de las secciones y se determinaron las características presentes desde un área de la plataforma, hasta el offshore del sudeste Brasilero. El rasgo geomorfológico a tratar es conocido como el Cono de Rio Grande, el cual pudo ser caracterizando con sus principales estructuras tectónicas y estratigráficas, mediante la cartografía y modelamiento tridimensional del subsuelo, con la integración geológica, geofísica y geomorfológica. La geomorfología del cono, se ve influenciada por procesos gravitacionales, corrientes de fondo, estructuras de tipo tectónico y composición litológica, como sus principales controladores que están presentes a partir del Neógeno. Así, a partir de la interpretación sísmica pueden ser extractados diferentes estructuras tectónicas, sedimentarias y geoformas, por ejemplo presencia de fallas, pliegues, canales, levee naturales, contornitos, etc.

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Physical oceanography of the Western Iberia ecosystem: Latest views and challenges

Relvas, Paulo; Barton, Eric D.; Dubert, Jesús; Oliveira, Paulo B.; Peliz, Álvaro; Da Silva, J. C. B.; Santos, A. Miguel P.
2007-05-17

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New study of the local gravity field of El Hierro (Canary Islands)

González Montesinos, Fuensanta; Arnoso, José; Benavent, M.
2005-01-01

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La estructura de la faja corrida y plegada de Malargüe en la zona del río Diamante (34º30'-34º50' l.s.) y su relación con la Cordillera Frontal, provincia de Mendoza/ The structure of the Malargüe fold-and-thrust belt at the Rio Diamante area (34º30'-34º50' S.L.) and its relationship with the Cordillera Frontal, Mendoza province

Turienzo, Martín M.
2009-10-01

Resumen en español La faja corrida y plegada de Malargüe es un cinturón orogénico de piel gruesa desarrollado principalmente en el Mioceno- Plioceno durante la orogenia andina, en la provincia de Mendoza. En base a un detallado mapeo de campo, información sísmica y de perforaciones, se realizaron tres secciones estructurales balanceadas resultando un acortamiento promedio de 14, 2 km (24%) para las rocas del basamento y de la cubierta. Regionalmente, la estructura está conformada por (mas) dos importantes ascensos del basamento entre los cuales queda configurada una zona donde predomina la deformación en la cubierta sedimentaria. En la zona occidental se desarrollan tres grandes cuñas de basamento asociadas a corrimientos producidos por la compresión andina las cuales se insertan en la cubierta sedimentaria (a lo largo del yeso de las Formaciones Tábanos y Auquilco), lo cual muestra la estrecha relación espacial y temporal entre la deformación del basamento y la cubierta. En la región con deformación de piel fina, la abundancia de lutitas y evaporitas en el sector occidental favorece el plegamiento mientras que las unidades más competentes presentes hacia el este forman imbricaciones y estructuras duplex (corrimientos Mesón y Sosneado). En el sector oriental, la falta de niveles de despegue dentro de la cubierta dificulta el desarrollo de cuñas de basamento y en cambio tiene lugar una importante deformación mediante retrocorrimientos. Con la continuidad de la compresión, la falla Carrizalito alcanzó la superficie colocando las rocas pre-jurásicas sobre los sedimentos sinorogénicos terciarios en la zona norte y central, mientras que hacia el sur las estructuras de basamento permanecen en el subsuelo. Resumen en inglés The Malargüe fold-and-thrust belt is a thick-skinned one developed mainly in Miocene-Pliocene times during the Andean orogeny, in Mendoza province. Based on detailed field mapping, seismic and well information, three balanced structural cross-sections were made resulting an average shortening of 14, 2 km (24%) for basement and cover rocks. Regionally, two basement uplifts occur surrounding a central region where thin-skinned deformation prevails. At the west, three large (mas) basement wedges are observed related to thrust faults developed during Andean compression which propagated into the sedimentary cover (along the gypsum of Tábanos and Auquilco Formations). This suggests a close spatial and temporal relationship between basement and cover deformation. In the thin-skinned region, the abundance of shales and salt horizons at the western sector promoted folding while the more competent units placed at the eastern zone are deformed into duplex and imbricate thrusts (Mesón and Sosneado thrusts). In the eastern region, lack of detachment levels in the cover rocks made difficult the development of basement wedges and instead important backthrusting occurred. Further compression propagates the Carrizalito fault upwards overthrusting pre-Jurassic rocks on Tertiary synorogenic sediments in the north and central areas, while in the southern area basement structures remain in the subsurface.

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Interpretación de la estructura del frente montañoso en la zona del río Diamante, Mendoza/ Structural interpretation of the mountain front in the Río Diamante zone, Mendoza

Turienzo, M.M.; Dimieri, L.V.
2005-06-01

Resumen en español En la zona de unión entre el arroyo Las Aucas y el río Diamante (69° 30’ LO; 34° 40’ LS) se observan una serie de estructuras, de escala kilométrica, que afectan a las rocas de la Cordillera Principal y de la Cordillera Frontal. Un bloque rígido de basamento es ascendido sin sufrir plegamiento mediante una falla inversa ubicada al este del mismo mientras que la cubierta sedimentaria adosada a dicho bloque constituye una estructura anticlinal volcada hacia el antep (mas) aís, cuyo flanco más empinado es deformado intensamente. Las características observadas pueden ser explicadas por más de un modelo para estructuras que involucran al basamento. Realizar múltiples interpretaciones puede constituir una herramienta útil para conocer los procesos geológicos actuantes y ser así una guía al momento de dilucidar las estructuras resultantes, de macro y meso escala, tanto en afloramientos como en el subsuelo. Un retrocorrimiento que se desprende del bloque de basamento elevado produce un anticlinal con vergencia hacia el oeste. Esta estructura es interpretada mediante un modelo geométrico y cinemático que puede combinarse con cualquiera de los utilizados para las estructuras mayores. Los estudios realizados remarcan el estilo de deformación que afecta al basamento y la cubierta, y sus características diagnósticas pueden ser utilizadas para comprender la deformación en los sectores más internos del orógeno, incluso donde no se hallen expuestas las rocas del basamento. Mediante dos secciones retrodeformables, interpretadas con un modelo de unión triple y un modelo de trishear, se calcularon los valores de acortamiento. Resumen en inglés At the junction of Las Aucas stream with the Diamante river (69° 30’ W; 34° 40’ S) kilometre-scale structures affecting both Cordillera Principal and Cordillera Frontal rocks were surveyed. A rigid basement block is uplifted, without folding, by a reverse fault at its eastern edge. Sedimentary cover above this block forms an anticline whose steeply dipping limb is highly deformed. Several models for basement-involved structures can explain the observed features. Multi (mas) ple interpretations can be a useful tool to understand the geological process involved and a guide for predicting both macro- and mesoscale structures in outcrops or at the subsurface. A backthrust which detached from the uplifted basement block, produced a west-verging anticline. This structure is interpreted using a geometric and kinematic model, which can be combined with any of those used for major structures. Our studies highlight the deformation style affecting both basement and cover rocks. Its typical features can be used to understand the deformation in more internal parts of an orogenic belt, including those areas where basement rocks are not exposed. Shortening values were calculated from two retrodeformable cross-sections interpreted with the triple junction and Trishear models for basement-involved structures.

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High-resolution seismic characterization in an urban area: Subway tunnel construction in Barcelona, Spain

Martí, David; Carbonell, Ramón; Flecha, I.; Font-Capó, Jordi; Vázquez-Suñé, Enric; Pérez-Estaún, Andrés
2008-02-01

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Gravity inversion for modelling of subsurface structures associated to the volcanic evolution of La Gomera island (Canarian Archipelago, Spain)

González Montesinos, Fuensanta; Arnoso, José; Luque Martínez, Teresa; Benavent, M.; Vieira, Ricardo
2009-01-01

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Geometría y cinemática de las estructuras que involucran al basamento en la zona del arroyo Tordillo, faja corrida y plegada de Malargüe, Mendoza/ Geometry and kinematic of the basement-involved structures at the Arroyo Tordillo zone, Malargüe fold-thrust belt, Mendoza

Turienzo, M.M.; Dimieri, L.V.
2005-12-01

Resumen en español El estudio detallado realizado en la zona de los arroyos Tordillo y Blanco, en la faja corrida y plegada de Malargüe, permitió reconocer una gran variedad de estructuras tectónicas que afectan tanto al basamento como a la cubierta sedimentaria. Con los datos estructurales relevados e información de subsuelo, confeccionamos una sección estructural retrodeformable de las estructuras aflorantes y su continuidad en profundidad, e interpretamos su evolución cinemática. (mas) Dos pares anticlinal-sinclinal, que posiblemente involucran al basamento, tienen lugar en el sector más occidental del área de estudio. Estos son transportados sobre una cuña de basamento, la cual en su avance hacia el antepaís genera un pliegue por propagación de falla en la cubierta sedimentaria. Cuando el desplazamiento hacia el este de la cuña es obstaculizado, en su extremo se generan dos retrocorrimientos. En este intrincado marco estructural, el corrimiento que dio origen a la cuña es reactivado como una falla fuera de secuencia. Finalmente un nuevo corrimiento desarrollado más al este genera otra escama de basamento que eleva a las estructuras previas. La interpretación cinemática permitió calcular los acortamientos tectónicos para cada estadio de la estructuración así como visualizar la estrecha relación existente entre las estructuras. Resumen en inglés Detailed studies made at the Tordillo and Blanco streams, in the Malargüe fold-thrust belt, allowed us to recognize a broad variety of tectonic structures affecting both, basement and cover rocks. Using surface structural data together with sub-surface information we made a retrodeformable structural cross-section of the outcropping structures and its continuity in deep, and interpreted the kinematic evolution. Two pairs anticline-syncline, possibly involving basement ro (mas) cks, occur at the westernmost area. These structures are carried by an eastward vergent basement wedge that in its movement toward the east produces a fault-propagation fold in the sedimentary cover. When this slip is obstructed, two basement-involved backthrusts occur at the toe of the wedge. In this complicated structural setting, the thrust responsible for the basement wedge is reactivated like an out-of-sequence fault. Finally, a new thrust generated at the east, produce another basement wedge which uplift the previous structures. The kinematic interpretation presented here allowed the measurement of tectonic shortenings for each structural stage and the understanding of close relationship between the different structures.

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Fe thin-film growth on Au(100): A self-surfactant effect and its limitations

Blum, V.; Rath, Ch.; Müller, S.; Hammer, L.; Heinz, K.; García, Jorge M.; Ortega, J. E.; Prieto, J. E.; Hernán, O. S.; Gallego, J. M.; Vázquez de Parga, A. L.; Miranda, Rodolfo
1999-06-15

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Estudio gravimétrico en la "Catedral Vieja" de Cádiz mediante algoritmo genético

González Montesinos, Fuensanta; Vieira, Ricardo; Camacho, A. G.
2003-01-01

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Convergencia oblicua: modelo estructural alternativo para la dorsal Neuquina (39ºs) - Neuquén/ Oblique convergence: alternative structural model for the Neuquén high (39º S), Neuquén

Silvestro, José; Zubiri, Martín
2008-03-01

Resumen en español La dorsal neuquina es un lineamiento estructural de escala regional desarrollado a los 39ºS, que se extiende por más de 270 km con orientación E-O, marcando el límite natural norte de la Patagonia. La actividad tectónica a lo largo de esta zona durante el Jurásico y Cretácico controló la sedimentación de la cuenca Neuquina desarrollando una serie de secuencias de crecimiento y discordancias asociadas. Por las características estructurales se reconoce un sector o (mas) ccidental con predominio de lineamientos orientados al NE relacionados a estructuras predominantemente compresivas y un sector oriental caracterizado por el predominio de lineamientos NO con desarrollo de estructuras transcurrentes. La orientación particular de este rasgo tectónico, aproximadamente perpendicular a los cinturones andinos, fue tradicionalmente explicado mediante dos modelos estructurales: transcurrencia e inversión tectónica. Basándose en nueva información de subsuelo y la disponibilidad de nuevos conceptos tectónicos, se plantea un esquema alternativo en donde se contempla el desarrollo de zonas dominadas por transcurrencia, estructuras relacionadas a inversión oblicua de hemigrábenes y el desarrollo de estructuras compresivas sin influencia de los rasgos extensionales previos. El arreglo en planta de las estructuras y su evolución en el tiempo puede ser originado por convergencia oblicua, bajo un campo de esfuerzos NO-SE, entre un bloque rígido ubicado al sureste (Cratón norpatagónico) actuando como contrafuerte con límite oeste paralelo a la traza del río Limay y límite norte paralelo al cauce del río Negro, que converge con una zona al noroeste factible de ser plegada representada por la cuenca Neuquina. Este esquema permite explicar la distribución y orientación de las zonas compresivas y transcurrentes y su evolución en el tiempo con desarrollo de estructuras cada vez más jóvenes hacia la parte externa del sistema. Resumen en inglés The regional scale structural lineament recognized as Neuquen high developed at 39º S latitude, is extended for more than 270 km in an E-W direction, defining the natural northern boundary of the Argentine Patagonia. The tectonic activity in this zone during Jurassic and Cretaceous times controlled the sedimentation of the basin, given place to a series of growth sequences and related unconformities. The structural features allows the recognition of a western sector wher (mas) e NE trending anticlines predominate related to high angle reverse basement faults and an eastern sector where the lineaments are NW trending and developed right-lateral wrench structures. The particular orientation of the Neuquen high, almost orthogonal to the Andean belt, and its complex structural features, were traditionally explained by two end-member models: wrench and inversion tectonics. Based on new subsurface data and the development of new structural concepts, an alternative model is proposed combining wrench-dominated tectonics trends with oblique inversion of half-grabens and basement related tectonics without influence of previous extensional features. The plan-view distribution of the structures and its evolution through time is explained by oblique convergence between a rigid block located to the southeast (Northpatagonian Craton), acting as a backstop with its boundaries sub-parallel to Negro and Limay rivers; which converge with a zone to the north able to be folded represented by the Neuquen basin, under an NW-SE oriented stress field. This model explains the distribution and orientation of the compressive and wrench dominated zones and its structural evolution where younger structures are developed from the SE to the NW towards the outer part of the system.

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Aspectos sedimentológicos y estratigráficos de los depósitos cuaternarios de la costa platense del Departamento de Canelones (Uruguay)/ Sedimentologic and stratigraphic aspects of the Quaternary deposits along the Plata Coast on the Departamento de Canelones (Uruguay)

Goso Aguilar, César
2006-07-01

Resumen en español Esta contribución brinda elementos sedimentológico-estratigráficos de los depósitos cuaternarios que aparecen en los acantilados y plataformas en la costa rioplatense del Departamento de Canelones, Uruguay. Se constató la presencia de depósitos regresivos e ingresivos cuaternarios, materializados por los sedimentos pleistocénicos transicionales de la Formación Chuy y los continentales de las formaciones Libertad y Dolores, así como los transicionales holocénicos (mas) de la Formación Villa Soriano. Se caracteriza litológicamente cada unidad, se interpretan los procesos actuantes y se hacen inferencias acerca de los ambientes de sedimentación involucrados. Resumen en inglés The Uruguayan Quaternary record has been studied by several authors in the last four decades. The Quaternary glacial and interglacial record shows a few tens meters of thickness and is integrated by both sediments and non-depositional surfaces. The sedimentary package is better exposed in the southern region and coastal area of Uruguay. The non-depositional surfaces (iron crust) and paleosoils are better exposed in the north and eastern region. The Lithostratigraphic colu (mas) mn proposed by Goso (1965, 1972) focuses the Quaternary record with a precursor genetic point of view, integrating lithologic, geomorphologic and climate conditions. However, this stratigraphic proposal was partially adopted and understood by some scientists. Transitional sediments of the Pleistocene Chuy Formation and continental deposits of Libertad and Dolores formations are present. Also, transitional Holocene sediments of Villa Soriano Formation were shown and are described (Fig. 1). The goal of this paper is to contribute to the knowledge of a part of this record especially towards some sedimentologic and stratigraphic features of the Quaternary deposits exposed along Rio de la Plata coast in the Canelones Department, Uruguay (Figure 2). The Chuy Formation is very well exposed in Villa Argentina and Las Vegas - La Floresta beaches. It is integrated mainly by white conglomerates and coarse to fine sandstones with current and wave traction structures and trace fossils. Also contains fossiliferous green clay deposits. It looks with variable thickness since a few meters to twenty five meters (Figs. 3 and 5). It was deposited during an interglacial period in transitional sedimentary environment, predominantly the shoreface portion in a barrier island and lagoon systems, into tidal conditions. The top of this lithofacies sequence shows a thin (few centimetres) iron crust in the area. This non-depositional surface was also observed in others inner Canelones localities (several Santa Lucia river sections). The Libertad and Dolores Formations can be observed in several localities along the studied area. They are composed mainly of brownish fangolites and silt-clay sediments. Massive, parallel lamination, incised lobes and tabular deposition are the main structures and geometries exposed of these units (Figs 4-8). They were deposited during a Pleistocene glacial period with the alternance of semiarid and temperate conditions and materialize a continental sedimentation (gravity flows, reworked eolian deposits). These units show a few meters of thickness. The Villa Soriano Formation is present in La Floresta beach, Sarandí creek mouth, and is composed mainly by grey fangolites and black fossiliferous clays containing molluscs valves (Figs 3e and 9). This unit was deposited during the current interglacial period and materializes the last ingressive sea-level conditions. Considering both the coastal outcrops and subsurface distribution in Uruguay the Villa Soriano Formation represents the last holocenic embayments and shorelines. The thickness of this unit in the area is less than six meters. The coast of Canelones Department along Río de la Plata shows several meters of quaternary sequences in many locations. In these combined sections two transgressive-regressive cycles were observed and analyzed. The former is composed by sediments of the Libertad II (continental) and Chuy III (transitional) Formations deposited since Medium to Upper Pleistocene, while the latter is constituted by a few meters thickness of sediments that belongs to both Dolores (continental) and Villa Soriano (transitional) formations during the time interval Upper Pleistocene - Holocene.

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Estructura de la margen norte del Río Grande, Bardas Blancas, provincia de Mendoza/ Structure of the northen margin of the Grande river, Bardas Blancas, Mendoza province

Dicarlo, D.J.; Cristallini, E.
2007-06-01

Resumen en español La estructura de Bardas Blancas comprende una región sobreelevada tanto topográfica como estructuralmente, conformada principalmente por estructuras braquianticlinales. Afloran en su núcleo rocas del Grupo Choiyoi y hacia los flancos depósitos sedimentarios jurásicos. El área se encuentra en un frente orogénico no emergente caracterizado por el dominio de zonas de plegamiento, fallas ciegas y el desarrollo de una zona triangular. El estudio de estas estructuras con (mas) información de subsuelo y superficie permitió el desarrollo de una sección estructural balanceada basada en el modelo de trishear. La sección se basa en el levantamiento de la estructura a partir del desarrollo de fallas de corrimiento de bajo ángulo con vergencia al este despegadas dentro del basamento. El avance de los bloques de basamento habría transmitido parte del acortamiento a la cubierta sedimentaria formándose la zona triangular de Cerro Doña Juana hacia el este. Dentro de la zona triangular se desarrolla un sistema de duplex de techo pasivo generado a partir de un nivel de despegue inferior y otro superior o retrocorrimiento. El retrocorrimiento y los Grupos Rayoso y Neuquén se encuentran volcados, producto del arrastre originado por un corrimiento de vergencia oriental. Hacia el este del retrocorrimiento las secuencias cretácicas superior y terciarias se encuentran desacopladas estructuralmente del Grupo Mendoza. Resumen en inglés The Bardas Blancas structure constitutes a topographic height characterized by an important basement anticline. The Choiyoi Group crops out in the middle of the structure and Jurassic sedimentary deposits at both limbs. This structure is the orogenic front at these latitudes and it is characterized by blind thrusts, folding and the development of a triangular zone. The Bardas Blancas structure was studied using surface and sub-surface data and a balanced cross section was (mas) constructed using the trishear model. The main structures are explained using low angle thrust faults verging to the east and detached within the basement. The movement of huge basement blocks to the east transfers shortening to the sedimentary cover developing the triangular zone of Doña Juana in the front of the structure. Inside the triangular zone a passive roof duplex system is developed controlled by two weak detachment units. The shortening is finally transmitted by a backthrust to the surface. The backthrust and the Rayoso and Neuquén Groups are overturned by the action of an east verging thrust reactivated from the main basement structure. To the east of the backthrust, the Cretaceous and Tertiary deposits are structurally disconnected from de Mendoza Group.

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