Depósitos estuarinos en la Formación Río Baguales (Chattiano-Aquitaniano), Provincia de Magalla- nes, Chile

Translated title of the contribution: Estuary deposits in the Río Baguales Formation (Chattian-Aquitanean), Magallanes Province, Chile

Jacobus P. le Roux, Jacqueline Puratich, F. Amaro Mourgues, José Luis Oyarzún, Rodrigo A. Otero, Teresa Torres, Francisco Hervé

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Very little work has been done on the stratigraphy and sedimentology of the upper Oligocene-Lower Miocene Río Baguales Formation in the Magallanes Province of southern Chile since its original definition in 1957. A detailed stratigraphic section of the upper part of the formation exposed west of the Baguales River is presented, with an interpretation of depositional environments. This indicates a prograding shoreline in which estuary mouth, middle estuary (lagoon) and bay head delta facies are represented. Large-scale delta slope foresets indicate progradation towards the north and northwest, whereas southeast-directed cross-beds on the delta front probably suggest wave action. The general sequence reflects a gradual sea-level fall largely counteracted by tectonic subsidence, which provided the ne- cessary accommodation space for thick tidal flat and subtidal deposits to accumulate. A longer period of transgression towards the top of the succession may be related to a rise in sea-level or accelerated tectonic subsidence, whereas a major regression commencing at around 23.3 Ma probably coincides with the opening of the Drake Passage and the growth of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Translated title of the contributionEstuary deposits in the Río Baguales Formation (Chattian-Aquitanean), Magallanes Province, Chile
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)329-344
Number of pages16
JournalAndean Geology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Stratigraphy
  • Palaeontology


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