Upper Messinian conglomerates in Calabria, southern Italy: response to orogenic wedge adjustment following Mediterranean sea-level changes

P. G. Decelles, W. Cavazza

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Abstract

Widespread uppermost Miocene conglomerate and sandstone along the Apenninic-Maghrebian orogenic belt in the central Mediterranean region cannot be explained as a result of the Messinian base-level falls. Along the Ionian coast of Calabria, southern Italy, these rocks were deposited in marine fan deltas and rest in angular unconformity or disconformity upon the internal part of the Calabrian accretionary wedge. It is proposed that the upper Messinian deposits were produced by internal shortening of the Calabrian accretionary wedge as it compensated for the decrease in upper surface slope caused by flexural rebound as the ~3.4-km-thick Ionian water mass evaporated. Latest Miocene-Pliocene marine inundation reloaded the basin, restored the wedge to a critical state, and caused the rear part of the wedge again to become tectonically stable. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)775-778
Number of pages4
JournalGeology
Volume23
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

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  • Geology

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