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Seismo-Turbidites: Implications for Active Tectonic Margin Stratigraphy, Lithology, and Petroleum Reservoirs


The field of turbidite paleoseismology has advanced rapidly during the past few years following the proof of paleoseismic turbidites (Fig. 1) (e.g., Adams, 1990; Nakajima and Kanai, 2000; Nelson et al., 2000; Gutierrez-Pastor et al., 2009). The evidence shows that there are common patterns and types of seismo-turbidites generated by earthquakes in active tectonic margins (e.g., Nelson et al., 2012, 2013; Gutierrez-Pastor et al., 2013). Earthquakes generate mass-transport deposits (MTDs) plus megaturbidite, multipulsed, stacked, and homogenite seismo-turbidites.