Recently acquired swath bathymetry and seismic datasets on the Gulf of Roses continental slope revealed the presence of large sediment waves that have developed between ~200 and ~400 m water depth. Geometric parameters were computed from the multibeam dataset and the obtained results showed mean sediment wave lengths of ~2000 m and maximum heights of ~60 m. The analysis of seismic profiles showed the general architecture of the Late Quaternary deposits over the Gulf of Roses outer shelf and slope. The outer continental shelf is characterized by morphological erosional features affecting the upper part of the most recent seismic unit. Over the continental slope five main unconformity-bounded seismic units are differentiated, with sediment waves developed in all of them. The sediment waves observed over the continental slope are presumably generated by bottom currents intensified during major dense shelf water cascading events flowing downslope at an oblique angle with respect to the main bathymetry.
|Title of host publication||Atlas of Bedforms in the Western Mediterranean|
|Editors||Jorge Guillen, Juan Acosta, Francesco Latino Chiocci, Albert Palanques|
|Place of Publication||Switzerland|
|Publisher||Springer, Springer Nature|
|Number of pages||259|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
Ribo Gene, M., Duran, R., Puig, P., Van Rooij, D., & Guillén, J. (2016). Large sediment waves over the Gulf of Roses continental slope (NW Mediterranean). In J. Guillen, J. Acosta, F. L. Chiocci, & A. Palanques (Eds.), Atlas of Bedforms in the Western Mediterranean Switzerland: Springer, Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-33940-5_40