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Journal of Geological Research
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 973195, 15 pages
Research Article

Application of Facies Associations, Integrated Prediction Error Filter Analysis, and Chemostratigraphy to the Organic-Rich and Siliceous Cenomanian-Turonian Sequence, Bargou Area, Tunisia: Integrated Sequence Stratigraphic Analysis

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Received 2 August 2011; Revised 25 December 2011; Accepted 3 February 2012

Academic Editor: Josep Pares

Copyright © 2012 Mohamed Soua. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Facies associations, integrated prediction error filter analysis (INPEFA) of spectral Gamma-ray data, Sr/Ca and Mn chemostratigraphy, and sequence stratigraphy of the organic-rich and siliceous Cenomanian-Turonian Bahloul formation have been studied in Bargou section, located in north-central Tunisia. The studied section is subdivided into seven facies evolving from platform to basin deposits. Based on basin geometry, facies distribution, spectral Gamma-ray INPEFA curves, Sr/Ca and Mn profiles patterns, and the sequence was also subdivided into shelf margin wedge (uppermost Fahden Formation-lowermost Bahloul), basal transgressive systems tract (remainder Bahloul Formation) and early high-stand systems tract (Kef Formation). The Sr/Ca ratios, Mn profile, sequence stratigraphic, and cyclostratigraphic interpretations reveal the existence of four transgressive parasequences deposited throughout 420 kyr within the organic rich and siliceous Bahloul facies.