Annot Itinerary

For those staying overnight in Nice, preferred accommodation is at the Boscolo Plaza Hotel, 12 Avenue de Verdun, Nice (tel: +33 4 93 16 75 75, fax: +33 4 93 16 11 75).  Other nearby hotels are Hotel Aston (tel: +33 4 92 17 53 00) or Meridian (tel: +33 4 93 16 64 00).

Day 1 - Orientation, St. Antonin area

Assemble at lobby of hotel at noon.  Drive to St. Antonin area (approx. 1.5 hours)

Lunch: Puget Theniers (cash only accepted at restaurant)

Stop 1 – St Antonin

Fan delta and associated sediment source area for deep-water systems examined in road sections.  Type of feeder system/s to deep-marine basin.  Orientation and introduction to Paleogene turbidite systems of SE France.

Accommodation in Annot for 3 nights either at Hotel du Parc (tel: +33 4 92 83 20 03, fax: +33 4 92 83 29 84) or Hotel l'Avenue (tel: +33 4 92 83 22 07 fax: +33 4 92 83 34 07).                 

Group Evening Meal.  Logistical arrangements.

Day 2 - Coulomp Valley near Annot

Stop 2a – Coulomp Valley Overview

Introduction to Annot sub-basin system and contact with Marnes Bleues Formation.  Sand-rich packets (Grès d’Annot Formation) at acute angle to mean paleoflow; erosional and onlap base; large-scale sediment slide horizon; discussion of possible causes of sand packeting; discussion of seismic and wireline log response of similar stratigraphic interval in subsurface.

Stop 2b – Coulomp Valley – St. Benoit Fault Zone.

Syn-sedimentary fault activity within basin and overview of Braux onlap.

Stop 2c – Coulomp Valley – Braux onlap.

Detailed road section through deep-water facies associated with onlap.  Discussion of nature of onlaps, evidence for proximity of onlaps; turbidity current  interaction with side confining slope; sediment slide/debris flow unit.  Packets of amalgamated sandstones and intervening thin-bedded finer grained turbidite/hemipelagic packets.

Drive ~ 0.5km along road to Digne from Les Scaffarels.  View point to observe Les Scaffarels section and location of afternoon walk.  Discuss sand packeting and nature of large-scale erosional surface visible in cliff face.

Lunch: Annot town

Stop 3a - Annot town area/Les Scaffarels sections

Walk up through Annot town section (viewing La Coste section on the way up) to Les Scaffarels (1000 ft elevation higher); detailed observations within some of the very thick (10’s m) sandstone packets of so-called "massive [structureless] sands", pebbly sands, scour and fill, cross-stratification, dish structures etc. Walk horizontally through sand bodies viewing thin-bedded turbidites (permeability barrier) between major sand-rich packets to Chambre du Roi.  Close-up view of the large erosional surface at Les Scaffarels.  Internal heterogeneity of sediment packages, etc.

Group Evening meal.  Short evening presentations.

Day 3 - Montagne de Chalufy

Stop 4 – Chalufy Mountain.

Spectacular seismic-scale onlap of sand-rich packets onto Marnes Bleues Formation; discussion of seismic expression of onlap (differences and similarities compared with salt province of Gulf of Mexico etc.); discussion of link with Annot Town section ~12km south-southeast and early basin-floor topography trapping older sands within Annot “sub-basin”; discussion of fill-and-spill concept of basins applied to SE France; discussion of fan systems in other sub-basins within Haute Provence (proximal-distal and axial-lateral changes).  Sandstone-filled channel-like feature showing both margins laterally to margin.  This walk will be most of the day and is an elevation change of 2000 ft uphill for about 1.5 hours.

Packed Lunch

Stop 5 – Annot road section.

Roadside section in thick, massive sands of the Annot sub-basin.  Discussion about sediment transport/deposition processes.

Group Evening meal.

Day 4 - Peïra Cava area

Drive from Annot to Col de Turini (1607m above sea level).  Coffee stop in Lantosque.  Check into Trois Vallées Hotel.  Drive to Peïra Cava.

Stop 6a - Peïra Cava overlook.

Seismic-scale views of deep-marine system showing lateral high-continuity of many sandstone beds and packets in Cimes de Sourcas.  Introduction to Peïra Cava sub-basin.

Lunch: Peïra Cava

Stop 6b - Peïra Cava log A.

Detailed sedimentary logging (in groups of 3-4) of a few tens of meters of section along road cuts (Log A of Pickering & Hilton, 1998); discussion of sedimentary processes leading to deposition of very thick (genetically linked) sandy beds; evidence for decelerating and accelerating turbidity currents, interaction with basin-floor topography, flow-stripping, sediment slide/debris flow units, high versus low-concentration turbidity currents, competence versus capacity of flows; discussion of evidence for by-pass versus sediment accumulation.

Stop 7 - Peïra Cava log A.

Road outcrops of Log B; comparison with Log A (Proximal-distal versus axial-lateral relationships within Peïra Cava sub-basin; comparison between western and eastern basin-floor systems; discussion of relevance of Paleogene of SE France to areas of current interest to participants on course.

Accommodation       Les Trois Vallées Hotel

1 night                        Col de Turini

                                    Tel. +33-4-93-91-57-21

                                    Fax +33-4-93-79-53-62

Evening meal at Trois Vallées Hotel.  Short evening presentations.

Day 5 - Contes area

Stop 6D – Base Log A.

A large-scale scour structure filled by composite event as pebbly sandstone and slide/debris flow unit.

Stop 6e – Shepherd’s farmhouse.

View of lateral continuity of beds at acute angle to paleoflow in vicinity of Log A, Peïra Cava sub-basin.  General view of sand bed/packet geometry.

Lunch: Luceram (cash only accepted at restaurant).

Stop 8 - Barre des Alpes.

Contes sub-basin.  Contained (reflected) turbidites in basal part of Contes sub-basin.  Discuss flow containment, flow stripping, fill-and-spill and basin evolution.  Pebbly sands and thick, very coarse-grained sands; discuss processes.  Architecture and facies associations of sandstones in oldest part of a sub-basin.

Summary in afternoon at café in Barre des Alpes.

Drive to Nice airport.  Field trip ends at Nice airport about 5pm.  Please do not arrange departing flights before this time.


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