Late Cretaceous Transgressive-Regressive Cycles Including Rudist-Rich Units in Central Tunisia

  • Mohamed Hédi NegraEmail author
  • Jalel Jaballah
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In central Tunisia, Upper Cretaceous deposits including rudist-coral carbonates are generally transgressive upon Lower Cretaceous formations that mainly consist of siliciclastic deposits sometimes associated to neritic and to emergent carbonates [1]. A regional sequence boundary separates the Upper Aptian emergent series and the Upper Albian transgressive deposits. On the basis of the rudist-rich carbonates used as a “facies reference”, the identification of transgressive-regressive cycles within the Upper Cretaceous series has helped a lot to establish correlations at regional and global scales.


Late cretaceous Rudist-rich carbonates Third order cycles Sea level changes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Sciences of TunisUniversity of Tunis El ManarTunisTunisia
  2. 2.College of Petroleum Engineering and GeosciencesKing Fahd University of Petroleum and MineralsDhahranSaudi Arabia

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