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Cristina Panaiotu
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Visiting Research Fellow
Dr. C.E. Panaiotu
Visiting Research Fellow 2003-2005
Now at:
Faculty of Geology and Geophysics
University of Bucharest
Bd. N. Balceascu 1, Bucharest
Bucharest University
Phone   + 40 1 614 3508 
Fax + 40 1 211 3120


Research of Cristina Panaiotu

Sedimentology of East Carpathian foredeep deposits. 
The East Carpathians have been affected by ample significant vertical movements, which created more than 8 km subsidence in the Focsani depression (or foredeep) during middle-late Miocene to Pliocene, followed by important uplift. 
The combined effect of subsidence and uplift exerted a major control on relative sea level changes and disconnection of several small basins from the Paratethys Ocean. 

Cristina measuring something sedimentological in the Putna valley of the East Carpathians

Sedimentation response to this tectonic regime coupled with climatic changes can be recognised in outcrop sections by a general trend of stacked progradational and aggradational sequences from shallow marine to deltaic/paralic and continental deposits, and a superimposed cyclic pattern. 

We study several km thick Mio- Pliocene sedimentary sequences from Putna Valley (spanning approximately 3 Myr) to characterise paleoclimate variability during denudation of the source area and during deposition.  To reach this goal, a multi-parametrical approach has been performed on hundreds of samples: detailed petrography on sandstones, XRD clay minerals identification, XRF, OM, calcimetry of mudstones and magnetic parameters.

This study is complementary to the PhD research of Iuliana Vasiliev.

publications Publications of Cristina Panaiotu
  • Panaiotu, C.E., Vasiliev, I., Panaiotu, C.G., Krijgsman, W. and Langereis, C.G. (2007). Provenance analysis as a key to orogenic exhumation: a case study from the East Carpathians (Romania), Terra Nova, 19, 120-126 (doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3121.2006.00726.x)   
  • Vasiliev, I., Krijgsman, W., Langereis, C.G., Panaiotu, C.E., Matenco, L. and Bertotti, G. (2004). Towards an astrochronological framework for the eastern Paratethys Mio-Pliocene sedimentary sequences of the Focsani basin (Romania), Earth Planet. Sci. Lett, 227, 231-247