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High-resolution seismic stratigraphy of an Holocene lacustrine delta in western Lake Geneva (Switzerland)

Ecologae Geologicae Helvetiae

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Abstract

A high-resolution seismic survey was conducted in western Lake Geneva on a small delta formed by the Promenthouse, the Asse and the Boiron rivers. This dataset provides information on changes in the geometry and sedimentation patterns of this delta from Late-glacial to Present. The geometry of the deposits of the lacustrine delta has been mapped using 300-m spaced grid lines acquired with a 12 kHz Echosounder subbottom profiler. A complete three dimensional image of the sediment architecture was reconstructed through seismic stratigraphic analysis. Six different delta lobes have been recognized in the prodelta area. Depositional centers and lateral extension of the delta have changed through time, indicating migration and fluctuation of river input as well as changes in lake currents and wind regime from the time of glacier retreat to the Present. The delta slope is characterized by a high instability causing stumps developing and by the accumulation of biogenic gas that prevents seismic penetration.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
High-resolution seismic stratigraphy of an Holocene lacustrine delta in western Lake Geneva (Switzerland)
Series title:
Ecologae Geologicae Helvetiae
Volume
96
Issue:
SPEC
Year Published:
2003
Language:
German
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Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Ecologae Geologicae Helvetiae