The Cantabrian Mountains of Northern Spain are known for their spectacular outcrops
of Palaeozoic clastic and carbonate rocks. From the Cambrian to the Upper Devonian,
calcareous sediments were deposited here in relatively shallow water on the continental
shelf. Trilobites, corals and brachiopods are all in evidence. During the Variscan Orogeny
in the Carboniferous, this region underwent a transition from marine to continental
sedimentation. Strike slip tectonics exerts an influence on sedimentation patterns
during the late Carboniferous, resulting in the preservation of a thick succession of
clastic sediments deposited in a variety of continental environments. A well preserved
palaeotopography with deeply incised palaeovalleys preserves proximal red bed alluvial fan
and fluvial deposits. Coal beds and lacustrine sediments also abound in this part of the
succession, indicating warm, humid climate conditions with an abundance of vegetation.
This field trip can also be delivered in conjunction with our courses on Clastic Reservoir
Geology or Carbonate Reservoir Geology.
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