Depositional model for the early Miocene turbidite sequence, the Whakataki Formation, NZ

Broome, Stephanie J. (2015) Depositional model for the early Miocene turbidite sequence, the Whakataki Formation, NZ. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This research examined the influence of tectonic activity on submarine sedimentation processes, through a deposit-based analysis of turbidites in outcrop. A comprehensive field study of the Miocene Whakataki Formation yielded significant data that was analysed using methods of process-sedimentology, stratigraphy, and ichnology. Signatures of the tectonically active depositional environment were identifiable at very high resolution, from grain composition and texture to trace-fossil assemblages, as well as on a broader-scale in stratigraphic stacking patterns and structural deformation. From these results and environmental interpretations, an original facies characterisation and conceptual depositional model have been established.

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ID Code: 90732
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Sloss, Craig, Trofimovs, Jessica, & Nothdurft, Luke
Keywords: Turbidite, Bouma Sequence, New Zealand, Whakataki Formation, Ichnofacies, Trench-slope basin, Subduction zone, Wairarapa, Miocene
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 12 Jan 2016 05:57
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2016 05:57

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