Print Email Facebook Twitter Reconstructing Quaternary Rhine-Meuse dynamics in the southern North Sea: Architecture, seismo-lithofacies associations and malacological biozonation Title Reconstructing Quaternary Rhine-Meuse dynamics in the southern North Sea: Architecture, seismo-lithofacies associations and malacological biozonation Author Rijsdijk, K.F. Kroon, I.C. Meijer, T. Passchier, S. van Dijk, T.A.G.P. Bunnik, F.P.M. Janse, A.C. Publication year 2013 Abstract Mapping the Middle to Upper Pleistocene Rhine-Meuse sequence in the southern North Sea based on new core and seismic data has allowed a detailed palaeoenvironmental re-assessment. An integrated seismo-lithostratigraphic and malacological biostratigraphic framework is correlated with the optically stimulated luminescence-dated Rhine-Meuse sequence onshore. The data point to a dynamic interplay of fluvial and marine systems in the southern part of the North Sea driven by longer-term (>100 ka) tectonic and epeirogenic processes and shorter-term (<10 ka) climatic processes. The final permanent breaching of the Cretaceous chalk at the Strait of Dover during the Saalian (Marine Isotope Stage 6, MIS 6) ice age led to the formation of the 'Eurogeul' belt, a gravelly sand belt that represents the largest concentration of gravelly fluvial sediments in the southern North Sea. The formation and preservation of the Rhine-Meuse sequence is related to long-term (>100 ka) uplift of the Wealden-Artois synclinorium and compaction-driven subsidence of Tertiary shales within the Voorne Trough. The dominant erosive sedimentary signatures within the Rhine-Meuse sequence resulted through shorter-term (<10 ka) interplay of Pleistocene transgressions, glaciations and the permanent breaching of the Cretaceous chalk at the Strait of Dover by the Palaeo-Channel river during the Saalian (MIS 6). © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Subject Earth & EnvironmentPG - Petroleum GeosciencesEELS - Earth, Environmental and Life SciencesGeological Survey NetherlandsGeosciencesEnergy / Geological Survey NetherlandsEurogeulFluvial architectureGravelKreftenheyeSeismo-lithostratigrapyStraits of Dover To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:2ec149b2-0ac8-4cbd-9a3e-fb1d86145d53 DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/jqs.2627 TNO identifier 476226 ISSN 0267-8179 Source Journal of Quaternary Science, 28 (5), 453-466 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.