Detrital events within pelagic deposits of the Umbria-Marche Basin (Northern Apennines, Italy): further evidence of Early Cretaceous tectonics

Simone Fabbi, Paolo Citton, Marco Romano, Angelo Cipriani


 Re-sedimented deposits characterize different stratigraphical intervals in the pelagic successions of the Umbria-Marche-Sabina Domain (Central and Northern Apennines, Italy). Three stratigraphic sections of the Maiolica and Marne a Fucoidi Formations, characterized by breccias and calcarenites embedded in pelagic sediments, have been sampled across the Mt. Primo area (Umbria- Marche Ridge, Northern Apennines). Facies analysis indicates a gravity-driven origin for the clastic levels, interpreted as debris-flows, or turbidity flows. The massive lensoid-to-tabular levels are composed of loose shallow-water benthic material, sourced from an unknown carbonate platform, associated with: I) lithoclasts made of Lower Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous shallow-water carbonates; II) Jurassic mudstones and wackestones referable to the pelagic succession; III) calpionellid/radiolarian-rich soft pebbles (Maiolica-type facies). The compositional features of the studied detrital deposits imply submarine exposure and dismantling of portions of the stratigraphic succession older than the Barremian/Aptian, which had to be buried in the late Early Cretaceous. Such evidence led us to refer the investigated clastic event to an extensional tectonic phase. Our interpretation well fits with data coming from others different geological settings of Italy, strongly suggesting the occurrence of a widespread extensional phase in the late Early Cretaceous.


Apennines; Maiolica Fm.; Early Cretaceous, Tectonic; Re-sedimented deposits

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