The Argo Abyssal Plain

J. R. Heirtzler*, P. Cameron, P. J. Cook, T. Powell, H. A. Roeser, S. Sukardi, J. J. Veevers

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Eighteen geophysical transects were made in the Argo Abyssal Plain to study the magnetic anomalies, bathymetry and seismic structure. Magnetic anomalies were identified as being the Mesozoic anomalies M-10 to M-25, increasing in age from the Java Trench to the northwest continental shelf of Australia. A new bathymetric map shows that the Argo Abyssal Plain is bounded by the 5600-m contour and reaches a maximum depth of 5730 m against the inshore side of the Exmouth Plateau. Joey Rise was found to limit the Argo Abyssal Plain on the southwest. Continuous seismic profiles, sonobuoy data and seismic data from other cruises permit one to contour the depths to oceanic basement. Numerous diapir-like structures were observed, but their nature and origin is obscure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-31
Number of pages11
JournalEarth and Planetary Science Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1978


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