Basin Development of the Red Bed Series, Ne Iraq.

Abstract

The Red Bed succession of northern Iraq was developed in an active margin basin during the Paleocene-Eocene where the final closing of the Neo-Tethys and collision between the northeast Arabian plate with the Eurasian plate took place .This has caused major uplifts and subsidence episodes together with fluctuation of base level due to eustatic rises and falls. This variation throughout the Paleocene and Eocene produced a variability of settings ranging from proximal alluvial fan to braided river system, to distal meandering rives systems