Sediment routing systems to the Atlantic rifted margin of the Guiana Shield

Delphine Rouby, Artiom Loparev, Dominique Chardon, Flora Bajolet, Massimo Dall’Asta, Fabien Paquet, Charlotte Fillon, Jean-Yves Roig, Jing Ye

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Sediment routing systems of cratonic domains have not been studied extensively because their relief and erosion rates are very low, although their vast dimensions allowed them to contribute to a significant proportion of the sediments exported to the global ocean. To gain further insights into the behavior of cratonic sediment routing systems at geological time scales, we investigated the Guiana Shield and its Atlantic rifted margin (i.e., the Guiana-Suriname and Foz do Amazonas Basins, northern South America) over the Meso-Cenozoic with an emphasis on paleoenvironment and accumulation histories of the offshore sediments. We show that the basins of the Guiana Shield rifted margin record (1) periods of very low siliciclastic supply concomitant with the development of carbonate platforms, alternating with (2) phases of higher siliciclastic supply associated with sand-dominated clastic deposits and turbidites. Low siliciclastic supplies reflect either very limited rift-related relief growth and erosion such as during the Central Atlantic rifting in the Late Jurassic or intense lateritic weathering of the cratonic source area during Paleogene–Miocene climate optima. Higher siliciclastic supplies correspond either to (1) periods of rapid rift-related relief growth and erosion such as during the Equatorial Atlantic rifting (Early Cretaceous), (2) periods of drainage reorganization over a steadily eroding cratonic domain (Late Cretaceous), or (3) periods of tapping of sediments stored in the Andean retro-foreland basins via the present-day Orinoco and Amazon Rivers (Plio-Pleistocene).
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Apr 28 2023

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Acknowledgements: We thank the Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières and Total Energies for funding this work within the framework of the S2S project and the R&D Total Energies group for providing subsurface data. Subsurface data are under restrictive proprietary license and thus not open for distribution. We thank Cecile Robin for contributing to the accumulation calculation and Yann Montico for contributing to the isochore depth conversion. We also thank Nicholas Hayman for his review.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Stratigraphy
  • Geology


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