The case history of sediment Drift 7 off the Antarctic Peninsula is analysed in this paper in the light of newly acquired swath bathymetry data. The co-existence of various sedimentary processes is reflected in a complex morphology: erosional gullies produced by debris flows on the upper part of the continental slope; deeply incised channels at the slope base; main trunk-type inter-drift turbidity channels separating the drifts; slide scars; undulating depositional bedforms interpreted as bottom-current sediment waves; fluid escape structures perhaps associated with deep-water coral bioherms. The data suggest that Drift 7 is a genuine sediment drift in which bottom currents pirate the sediment of the turbidity currents. Finally, we propose that the control on location and elongation of the drift is inherited from an older margin structure

Interaction of processes and importance of contourites: insights from the detailed morphology of sediment Drift 7, Antarctica

Rebesco M;Camerlenghi A;Volpi V;Accettella D;Cova A;Zgur F
2007

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The case history of sediment Drift 7 off the Antarctic Peninsula is analysed in this paper in the light of newly acquired swath bathymetry data. The co-existence of various sedimentary processes is reflected in a complex morphology: erosional gullies produced by debris flows on the upper part of the continental slope; deeply incised channels at the slope base; main trunk-type inter-drift turbidity channels separating the drifts; slide scars; undulating depositional bedforms interpreted as bottom-current sediment waves; fluid escape structures perhaps associated with deep-water coral bioherms. The data suggest that Drift 7 is a genuine sediment drift in which bottom currents pirate the sediment of the turbidity currents. Finally, we propose that the control on location and elongation of the drift is inherited from an older margin structure
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