The French Atlantic margin and deep-sea submarine systems

Type Article
Date 2006-12
Language English
Author(s) Bourillet Jean-FrancoisORCID1, Zaragosi S2, Mulder T2
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, Lab Evironm Sedimentaires, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
2 : Univ Bordeaux 1, Dept Geol & Oceanog, UMR 5805, EPOC, F-33405 Talence, France.
Source Geo-Marine Letters (0276-0460) (Springer), 2006-12 , Vol. 26 , N. 6 , P. 311-315
DOI 10.1007/s00367-006-0042-2
WOS© Times Cited 38
Keyword(s) Sedimentology, Geomorphologya, Deep sea, Bay of Biscay, French Atlantic margin
Abstract The sedimentary infill of the Bay of Biscay off Ireland, UK, France and Spain took place in four phases. The last one (35 Ma to present) is characterised by gravitational, pelagic, contouritic and glacigenic processes leading to the setup of three deep sea systems. To the North, the Celtic and Armorican fans are fed by a "canyon-dominated" margin and its connection with the "Manche" palaeoriver, which drained a large area of western Europe. To the South, the Cap-Ferret fan results from the evolution of a "tectonic-dominated" margin and the erosion of the Pyrenee mountains.
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