The Laurentian Fan: Sohm Abyssal Plain

Geo-Marine Letters
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The 0.5- to 2-km thick Quaternary Laurentian Fan is built over Tertiary and Mesozoic sediments that rest on oceanic crust. Two 400-km long fan valleys, with asymmetric levees up to 700-m high, lead to an equally long, sandy, lobate basin plain (northern Sohm Abyssal Plain). The muddy distal Sohm Abyssal Plain is a further 400-km long. The sediment supplied to the fan is glacial in origin, and in part results from seismically triggered slumping on the upper continental slope. Sandy turbidity currents, such as the 1929 Grand Banks earthquake event, probably erode the fan-valley floors; but thick muddy turbidity currents build up the high levees. ?? 1984 Springer-Verlag New York Inc.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The Laurentian Fan: Sohm Abyssal Plain
Series title Geo-Marine Letters
DOI 10.1007/BF02462459
Volume 3
Issue 2-4
Year Published 1984
Language English
Publisher Springer-Verlag
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Geo-Marine Letters
First page 141
Last page 146
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