Cenozoic progradation of northwestern Great Bahama Bank, a record of lateral platform growth and sea-level fluctuations

Gregor P Eberli, R. N. Ginsburg

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Abstract

The modern bank is formed three smaller platforms. This coalescence resulted from progradation of the bank margin during the Cenozoic. Since the Late Cretaceous, vertical aggradation on the banks has been approximately 1500 m, whereas the leeward bank margin has migrated as much as 25 km, indicating that lateral growth can dominate the growth direction of a healthy platform with the capability of transporting offbank excess sediment. The pattern and direction of progradation is governed by prevailing currents and changes in sea level. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationControls on carbonate platform and basin development
EditorsP.D. Crevello, J.L. Wilson, J.F. Sarg, J.F. Read
PublisherSEPM, Tulsa; Special Publication 44
Pages339-351
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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  • Environmental Science(all)

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Eberli, G. P., & Ginsburg, R. N. (1989). Cenozoic progradation of northwestern Great Bahama Bank, a record of lateral platform growth and sea-level fluctuations. In P. D. Crevello, J. L. Wilson, J. F. Sarg, & J. F. Read (Eds.), Controls on carbonate platform and basin development (pp. 339-351). SEPM, Tulsa; Special Publication 44.