Oceanographic processes and morphosedimentary products along the Iberian margins: A new multidisciplinary approach
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AuthorsHernández-Molina, F.J.; Wahlin, Anna; Bruno, Miguel; Ercilla, Gemma; Llave, Estefanía; Serra, Nuno; Rosón, Gabriel; Puig, Pere; Rebesco, Michele; Van Rooij, David; González-Pola, C. (César); Sánchez, F. (Francisco); Gómez-Ballesteros, M. (María); Preu, Benedict; Schwenk, Tilmann; Hanebuth, T.J.J.; Sánchez-Leal, R.F. (Ricardo Félix); García-Lafuente, Jesús; Brackenbridge, Rachel E.; Juan, Carmen; Stow, Dorrik A.V.; Sánchez-González, José María
Our understanding of bottom-currents and associated oceanographic processes (e.g., overflows, barotropic tidal currents) including intermittent processes (e.g., vertical eddies, deep sea storms, horizontal vortices, internal waves and tsunamis) is rapidly evolving. Many deep-water processes remain poorly understood due to limited direct observations, but can generate significant depositional and erosional features on both short and long term time scales. This paper represents a review work, which describes for the first time these oceanographic processes and examines their potential role in the sedimentary features along the Iberian continental margins. This review explores the implications of the studied processes, given their secondary role relative to other factors such as mass-transport and turbiditic processes, and highlights three major results: a) contourite depositional and erosional features are ubiquitous along the margins, indicating that bottom currents and associated ocean ...