Geometry of sandy deposits at the distal edge of the Mississippi Fan, Gulf of Mexico

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Abstract

Sidescan sonar provides a map of the seafloor that has greatly improved the understanding of depositional processes on modern deep-sea fans (e.g. Mutti and Normark 1991). Here, we present a sidescan-sonar mosaic from the eastern Gulf of Mexico that images the distal reaches of a channel on the Mississippi Fan and the deposits associated with it (Fig. 41.1). This area is one of several deep-sea fan systems that had not previously been imaged by high-resolution sidescan systems. The mosaic highlights the complexity of the spatial relationships of channels and deposits at ends of channels on this large, modern, passive-margin deep-sea fan (Figs 41.2 and 41.3).

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Geometry of sandy deposits at the distal edge of the Mississippi Fan, Gulf of Mexico
DOI 10.1007/978-94-011-1234-5_42
Year Published 1995
Language English
Publisher Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Contributing office(s) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description 5 p.
Larger Work Title Atlas of Deep Water Environments
First page 282
Last page 286
Country United States
State Mississippi
Other Geospatial Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi Fan