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Nig. J. Basic Appl. Sci.. 2013; 21(3): 165-176

Nature of the Campano-Maastrichtian Sub-Basins in the Gongola Basin, Nigeria

Hamidu Ibrahim and Halidu Hamza.

Geological mapping was carried out and outcrop sections were examined alongside palaeocurrent directions from the greater part of the Campano-Maastrichtian outcrops in the Gongola Basin in Nigeria. Palaeocurrent measurements were obtained from asymmetrical ripples, cross bedding and dune bedforms within the channel-filling sub-facies of the Arowa Formation, and the foresets of the tabular cross bedding displayed in the Duguri formation. A north-westerly to a northerly paleocurrent direction was determined for the Arowa formation, indicating that the open sea was located to north-north-west, while a unimodal palaeocurrent directions characterize the Duguri Formation. These currents transported sediment into the Dukku, Akko and Bashar sub-basins with an overall centripetal pattern. The main structural features of the western part of Gongola Basin from E-W, are the N-S, NE-SW and NW-SE trending faults. These series of faults controll the basin subsidence and deposition of the Campano-Maastrichtian succession in the Dukku, Akko and Bashar sub-basins.The lateral and vertical facies variation within the Campano-Maastrichtian succession are in consistence with the northerly retreat of the sea.

Key words: Campano-Maastrichtian, sub-basin, palaeocurrent, rip-currents.

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