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Continental Margin Sedimentation: From Sediment Transport to Sequence Stratigraphy

Continental Margin Sedimentation: From Sediment Transport to Sequence Stratigraphy

Charles A. Nittrouer (Editor), James A. Austin (Editor), Michael E. Field (Editor), Joseph H. Kravitz (Editor), James P. M. Syvitski (Editor), Patricia L. Wiberg (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-76636-1

Mar 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

560 pages

$131.99

Description

This volume on continental margin sedimentation brings together an expert editorial and contributor team to create a state-of-the-art resource. Taking a global perspective, the book spans a range of timescales and content, ranging from how oceans transport particles, to how thick rock sequences are formed on continental margins.
  • Summarizes and integrates our understanding of sedimentary processes and strata associated with fluvial dispersal systems on continental shelves and slopes
  • Explores timescales ranging from particle transport at one extreme, to deep burial at the other
  • Insights are presented for margins in general, and with focus on a tectonically active margin (northern California) and a passive margin (New Jersey), enabling detailed examination of the intricate relationships between a wide suite of sedimentary processes and their preserved stratigraphy
  • Includes observational studies which document the processes and strata found on particular margins, in addition to numerical models and laboratory experimentation, which provide a quantitative basis for extrapolation in time and space of insights about continental-margin sedimentation
  • Provides a research resource for scientists studying modern and ancient margins, and an educational text for advanced students in sedimentology and stratigraphy
Preface.

Writing a Rosetta stone: insights into continental-margin sedimentary processes and strata (Charles A. Nittrouer, James A. Austin Jr, Michael E. Field, Joseph H. Kravitz, James P.M. Syvitski, and Patricia L. Wiberg).

Introduction.

The boundary conditions.

The common threads.

Sediment delivery.

Sediment alteration.

Sediment dispersal system.

Seabed failure.

Gravity flows.

Margin morphology.

Margin stratigraphy.

Conclusions.

Acknowledgements.

References.

Sediment delivery to the seabed on continental margins (Paul S. Hill, Jason M. Fox, John S. Crockett, Kristian J. Curran, Carl T. Friedrichs, W. Rockwell Geyer, Timothy G. Milligan, Andrea S. Ogston, Pere Puig, Malcolm E. Scully, Peter A. Traykovski, and Robert A. Wheatcroft).

Introduction.

Review of previous work.

Sediment delivery to the Eel margin.

Summary and conclusion.

Acknowledgements.

Nomenclature.

References.

Post-depositional alteration and preservation of sedimentary strata (Robert A. Wheatcroft, Patricia L. Wiberg, Clark R. Alexander, Samuel J. Bentley, David E. Drake, Courtney K. Harris, and Andrea S. Ogston).

Introduction and scope.

Consolidation.

Physical alteration.

Biological alteration.

Preservation.

Summary.

Acknowledgements.

Nomenclature.

References.

Oceanic dispersal and accumulation of river sediment (Christopher K. Sommerfield, Andrea S. Ogston, Beth L. Mullenbach, David E. Drake, Clark R. Alexander, Charles A. Nittrouer, Jeffry C. Borgeld, Robert A. Wheatcroft, and Elana L. Leithold).

Introduction.

Quantifying sedimentary processes.

The northern California margin.

Sediment production and coastal delivery.

Sediment transort and accumulation.

Sedimentation patterns and rates.

Sediment budgets of dispersal systems.

Conclusions.

Acknowledgements.

Nomenclature.

References.

Submarine mass movements on continental margins (Homa J. Lee, Jacques Locat, Priscilla Desgagnés, Jeffrey D. Parsons, Brian G. McAdoo, Daniel L. Orange, Pere Puig, Florence L. Wong, Peter Dartnell, and Eric Boulanger).

Introduction.

Historic development of understanding.

Classification.

Environments.

Fjords.

Active river deltas on the continental shelf.

Submarine canyon-fan systems.

The open continental slope.

Statistics of submarine landslides.

Mechanics of slope failure.

Pore-water pressure.

Sediment mobilization and strength loss.

Triggers.

Contributions to submarine landslide research from the strataform program.

Summary.

Acknowledgements.

Nomenclature.

References.

The mechanics of marine sediment gravity flows (Jeffrey. D. Parsons, Carl T. Friedrichs, Peter A. Traykovski, David Mohrig, Jasim Imran, James P.M. Syvitski, Gary Parker, Pere Puig, James L. Buttles, and Marcello H. García).

Introduction.

Turbidity currents.

Debris flows.

Wave-supported sediment gravity flows.

Origin and transformation of sediment gravity flows.

Conclusions.

Acknowledgements.

List of nomenclature.

References.

Seascape evolution on clastic continental shelves and slopes (Lincoln F. Pratson, Charles A. Nittrouer, Patricia L. Wiberg, Michael S. Steckler, John B. Swenson, David A. Cacchione, Jeffery A. Karson, A. Bradley Murray, Matthew A. Wolinsky, Thomas P. Gerber, Beth L. Mullenbach, Glenn A. Spinelli, Craig S. Fulthorpe, Damian B. O'Grady, Gary Parker, Neal W. Driscoll, Robert L. Burger, Christopher Paola, Daniel L. Orange, Michael E. Field, Carl T. Friedrichs, and Juan J. Fedele).

Introduction.

Background.

Processes governing shelf width and slope relief.

Processes that form the shelf profile.

Processes that act to limit the slope of the continental slope.

Processes that create submarine canyons and slope gullies.

Future research.

Acknowledgments.

References.

The long-term stratigraphic record on continental margins (Gregory S. Mountain, Robert L. Burger, Heike Delius, Craig S. Fulthorpe, James A. Austin, David S. Goldberg, Michael S. Steckler, Cecilia M. McHugh, Kenneth G. Miller, Donald H. Monteverde, Daniel L. Orange, and Lincoln F. Pratson).

Introduction.

Analysing the long-term record.

The Eel River basin.

The New Jersey margin.

Summary.

Acknowledgements.

References.

Prediction of margin stratigraphy (James P.M. Syvitski, Lincoln F. Pratson, Patricia L. Wiberg, Michael S. Steckler, Marcelo H. Garcia, W. Rockwell Geyer, Courtney K. Harris, Eric W.H. Hutton, Jasim Imran, Homa J. Lee, Mark D. Morehead, and Gary Parker).

Introduction.

Component sed-strat modules.

Integrated models.

Seismic models.

The way forward.

Acknowledgements.

Nomenclature.

References.

Index.


  • Summarizes and integrates our understanding of sedimentary processes and strata associated with fluvial dispersal systems on continental shelves and slopes
  • Explores timescales ranging from particle transport at one extreme, to deep burial at the other
  • Insights are presented for margins in general, and with focus on a tectonically active margin (northern California) and a passive margin (New Jersey), enabling detailed examination of the intricate relationships between a wide suite of sedimentary processes and their preserved stratigraphy
  • Includes observational studies which document the processes and strata found on particular margins, in addition to numerical models and laboratory experimentation, which provide a quantitative basis for extrapolation in time and space of insights about continental-margin sedimentation

  • Provides a research resource for scientists studying modern and ancient margins, and an educational text for advanced students in sedimentology and stratigraphy.