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Conti S., Fontana D., Mecozzi S., Panieri G., Pini G. Late Miocene seep-carbonates and fluid migration on top of the Montepetra intrabasinal high (Northern Apennines, Italy) Relations with synsedimentary folding. In: Sedimentary Geology, vol. 231 (1-2) pp. 41 - 54. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, PO BOX 211, 1000 AE AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, 2010.
During the Miocene hydrocarbon seep carbonates located atop intrabasinal highs and associated with sediment instability formed commonly at the deformation front of the Northern Apennine collisional orogen The parallelism between the structural trend and the distribution of seep carbonates suggests a close relationship between tectonics and gas/fluid emission The Montepetra intrabasinal high was formed during the closure stage of the foredeep being related to the synsedimentary growth of an anticline Field geometry suggests that detachment folding was the leading mechanism of anticline growth and synsedimentary instability along the anticline flanks Ten different bodies of seep carbonates occur in the Tortonian-early Messinian sediments nine in the hinge zone and one in the southern backlimb of the anticline Foraminiferal study geochemistry facies investigation and the three-dimensional geometry of carbonate bodies with respect to the encasing terrigenous sediments indicate a protracted (late Tortonian-early Messinian) activity of fluid migration with re-mobilization and ascent of sediments from the core of the anticline stabilization of chemosynthesis-related communities and in-situ brecciation Seepage atop the intrabasinal high was fed by different circuits one related to the compaction dewatering of shallow (Tortonian-early Messinian) sediments and a deeper one related to the deformation of the anticline core and to the activity of detachment surfaces and of faults propagating through the sedimentary cover (C) 2010 Elsevier BV All rights reserved
DOI: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2010.08.001
Subject Cold seeps
Gas hydrates
Detachment folds
Slope instability
Foredeep basins

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