The Neogene and Quaternary deposits of the Barcelona city through the high-speed train line

Authors

  • J.M. Salvany Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Departament d'Enginyeria Civil i Ambiental, c/ Jordi Girona 1-3, 08034 Barcelona
  • J. Aguirre Departamento de Estratigrafía y Paleontología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Granada Avenida Fuentenueva s/n, 18002 Granada.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1344/GeologicaActa2020.18.10

Keywords:

Neogene, Quaternary, Barcelona, Boreholes, Foraminifera

Abstract

A total of 208 boreholes with continuous core sampling, drilled for the construction of the high-speed train line through the city of Barcelona and other nearby infrastructures, were studied. The correlation of the lithologic logs of these boreholes allows identifying five main depositional sequences bounded by sharp erosional surfaces: i) lower Miocene, of alluvial origin; ii) middle Miocene, of deltaic-lacustrine origin; iii) lower Pliocene, of beach-shelf origin; iv) Pleistocene, of alluvial origin and v) Holocene, of deltaic origin. The erosive surfaces that separate these
sequences represent important erosive hiatus linked to prolonged sea level falls at regional scale, which eliminated the upper part of each one. Sedimentation took place during decreasing intensity of extensional tectonic activity that mainly affected the Miocene deposits. The Plio-Quaternary units show their original structure apparently without tectonic alterations. Some new biostratigraphic data based on foraminifer assemblages allowed making accurate estimate of the age of the deposits.

Author Biography

J.M. Salvany, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Departament d'Enginyeria Civil i Ambiental, c/ Jordi Girona 1-3, 08034 Barcelona

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Published

2020-06-10

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Salvany J, Aguirre J. The Neogene and Quaternary deposits of the Barcelona city through the high-speed train line. GeA [Internet]. 2020Jun.10 [cited 2021Jul.30];18:1-19. Available from: https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/GEOACTA/article/view/GeologicaActa2020.18.10

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