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Seabed measurements of modern corrosion rates on the Florida escarpment

Geo-Marine Letters

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https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02431050

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Abstract

A mooring containing diverse carbonate and anhydrite substrates was exposed to bottom waters for 9 months at the base of the Florida Escarpment to determine the influence of dissolution on the development of this continental margin. Weight loss was measured on all samples. Etching, pitting, and loss of the original framework components were observed on substrates with known characteristics. Extrapolations of modern dissolution rates predict only about 1.6 meters of corrosion per million years. However, more rapid anhydrite dissolution, up to 1 km per million years, would cause exposed anhydrite beds to undercut and destabilize intercalated limestones. 

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Seabed measurements of modern corrosion rates on the Florida escarpment
Series title:
Geo-Marine Letters
DOI:
10.1007/BF02431050
Volume:
11
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1991
Language:
English
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag
Contributing office(s):
Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description:
7 p.
First page:
16
Last page:
22
Country:
United States
State:
Florida
Other Geospatial:
Florida escarpment