Revista de la Asociación Geológica Argentina
versión On-line ISSN 1851-8249
SILVESTRO, José y ATENCIO, Mario. The Río Grande and Palauco Cenozoic basin: Age, evolution and structural control, Malargue fold-belt (36°S). Rev. Asoc. Geol. Argent. [online]. 2009, vol.65, n.1, pp. 154-169. ISSN 1851-8249.
The Palauco and Rio Grande valley area at 36° south latitude is part of the Malargüe fold-belt in southern Cordillera Principal. The Cenozoic tectonic evolution of this area was recorded by volcaniclastic sediments deposited in syntectonic basins. The structural configuration of basement-involved structures at this latitude, defines an internal part where the Rio Grande sub-basin was developed and a frontal part where Palauco sub-basin was paced. The filling of these basins shows a pre-growth stage dominated by basaltic sequences that was present up to about 23 Ma. From 18 Ma with the uplift of the main structures, each subbasin evolved in an independent way. Therefore, the western part of Rio Grande sub-basin was fed by coarse proximal facies related to the uplift of the Sierra Azul anticline, while the distal fine-sediments and evaporates located in the eastern part of the basin wedged-up against Pampa Paluco-Ranquil Co anticline, showing that this structure was already an internal barrier. This stage finished approximately at 11 Ma, age from which both sub basins show again a similar filling dominated by volcanic deposits present in the whole area. During this new stage, different events of reactivation of the Pampa Palauco-Ranquil Co anticline were recorded by angular unconformities observed in the field, which were constrained at 11 Ma and 8 Ma from radiometric determinations. These events also have generated the development of the new deformation front to the east, with the uplift of the Cerro Fortunoso, Loma Amarilla and Rincón Colorido anticlines, giving the definitive configuration to the basin.
Palabras clave : Foreland basins; Malargüe fold belt; Growth strata; Sequences; Radiometric ages.