Facies changes in the distal floodplain deposits of the Guadix Basin (Betic Cordillera, Spain): New sedimentologic data.

Sila Pla Pueyo, Elizabeth H. Gierlowski-Kordesch, César Viseras, Jesús M. Soria

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The continental infilling of the Guadix Basin hosts a number of Pliocene and Pleistocene large-mammal paleontologic sites. As a result of the systematic excavation of the Mencal-9 site, several sections have been exposed in which palustrine siliciclastics have been identified in association with palustrine carbonates, coal seams, and floodplain sediments, some of them showing incipient paleosol development. Six detailed 1:10 scale stratigraphic logs have been measured at the site, and a lithofacies description is given in this paper. The 3D architectural elements in which the facies are organized are also studied. Starting from these data, some of the previously-defined simple lithofacies are re-interpreted and a new lithofacies is described here (a palustrine siliciclastic facies). In addition, a new palustrine architectural element is proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-46
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Guadix Basin
  • Continental sedimentation
  • Palustrine
  • Pleistocene
  • Pliocene
  • Quaternary

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