Debris-flow deposits on the West Antarctic continental slope
Most of the West Antarctic continental margin has prograded during Neogene and Quaternary times, due largely to sediment delivery to the shelf break by ice sheets (Larter & Cunningham 1993; Nitsche et al. 2000; Cooper et al. 2008). Continental slope progradation is widely attributed to debris-flow deposition, but geophysical data that show the morphology of individual debris-flow deposits are rare. Morphologically, the continental slope can be divided into low seafloor gradient (<3°) trough-mouth fans (TMFs), developed at the mouths of some large palaeo-ice streams, and inter-fan areas with steeper slopes. We describe acoustic sub-bottom profiles and a sediment core from debris-flow deposits on Belgica Fan (Dowdeswell et al. 2008) and a sub-bottom profile of a debris-flow deposit on an inter-fan area on the Amundsen Sea continental slope (Fig. 1a).
Authors: Larter, R.D., Hogan, K.A., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Benetti, S.
Editors: Dowdeswell, J.A., Canals, M., Jakobsson, M., Todd, B.J., Dowdeswell, E.K., Hogan, K.A.
In: Dowdeswell, J.A., Canals, M., Jakobsson, M., Todd, B.J., Dowdeswell, E.K., Hogan, K.A. (eds.). Atlas of submarine glacial landforms: modern, Quaternary and ancient, London, Geological Society of London, 375-376.