Fieldwork in Barrème, SE France
On our Barrème field course you will learn how to measure and record geological information on a map, vertical cross section and in field notebooks, and usethis information to deduce the structure and depositional history recorded in the rocks of an area near the village of Barrème
Did you know?The Barremian age in the Early Cretaceous period is named after Barrème. In the Barremian there are 11 ammonite biozones and there are some very odd shaped ammonites in the rocks around Barrème.
More about Barrème
The Barrème Basin is part of the foreland fold and thrust belt of the Alps. As the European plate collided with the Adriatic-African plate, part of the Adriatic-African plate got subducted resulting in a crustal duplex and the formation of the Alps. The load of the lithosphere with double thickness crust created a flexural foreland basin that became filled with sediments. Continued convergence between Africa and Europe has led the sediments of this basin to be deformed—forming a fold and thrust belt.