Generic relationships in the mineral-chemical stratigraphy of turbidite sandstones

A. Hurst*, A. C. Morton

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Ratios of abundance of hydraulically and diagenetically equivalent heavy minerals (apatite:tourmaline, garnet:zircon) from deep-water sandstones, of similar age and derived from the same overall source terrain, have contrasting trends. The differences are explained by contrasting sediment transport paths. Deep-water sandstones with fluctuating heavy mineral ratios are inferred to be derived directly from alluvial basins, bypassing any contemporaneous shallow marine shelf. Deep-water sandstones with homogeneous heavy mineralogy are inferred to be fed by sediment that originally accumulated on shallow marine shelves but was subsequently mixed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-404
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Geological Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001


  • Heavy minerals
  • Provenance
  • Sandstone
  • Turbidites


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