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TitleSedimentology and tectonic setting of the Pindos Flysch of the Peloponnese, Greece
AuthorPiper, D J WORCID logo
SourceTectonic development of the eastern Mediterranean region; by Robertson, A H F (ed.); Mountrakis, D (ed.); Geological Society, Special Publication no. 260, 2006 p. 493-505,
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 2004346
PublisherGeological Society of London
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
AreaPindos Flysch; Peloponnese; Greece
Lat/Long WENS 20.0000 24.0000 42.0000 36.0000
Subjectssedimentology; general geology; tectonics; paleocurrents; facies analyses; tectonic interpretations; turbidites; Kataraktis Passage Member; Apulian continental margin
Illustrationslocation maps; stratigraphic columns; diagrams
ProgramGeoscience for Oceans Management
ProgramNSERC Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Released2006 01 01
AbstractThe Palaeogene Pindos Flysch of the Peloponnese shows important differences from the flysch of northern Greece. Stratigraphic sections and palaeocurrent indicators were measured in the Pindos Flysch Formation and the underlying Kataraktis Passage Member throughout the Peloponnese. The Kataraktis Passage Member records carbonatedominated sedimentation from the Apulian continental margin to the west, with intercalated terrigenous sediment also derived from the west. Variations in thickness and turbidite facies show that the overlying Pindos Flysch Formation was deposited in channels with levees and in channel-termination lobes in the western Peloponnese and in a distal basin plain, locally ponded, in the east. At least in the central Peloponnese, facies variation, palaeocurrents
and detrital petrology show that the Pindos Flysch was derived from the Apulian margin. The Pindos Flysch of northern Greece, of late Paleocene to Oligocene age, was deposited in a foreland basin and derived from the rising Pelagonian nappes to the east. A younger
microcontinental collision south of the Gulf of Corinth line resulted in the Pindos Flysch of the Peloponnese being incorporated in the accretionary prism by Mid-Eocene time.

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