Morphostructure of the Galicia continental margin and adjacent deep ocean floor: from hyperextended-rifted to convergent margin styles
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AuthorsSomoza-Losada, L. (Luis); Medialdea, T. (Teresa); González, F.J. (Francisco Javier); León, R. (Ricardo); Palomino, D. (Desirée); Rengel, J.A. (Juan Antonio); Fernández-Salas, L.M. (Luis Miguel); Vázquez, J.T. (Juan Tomás)
Continental margin morphology
A joint study and mapping of the morphological features and architecture of the Galicia margin based on high-resolution multibeam bathymetry data and multichannel seismic profiles, provides new insights of the margin morphostructure. Tectonic processes are the major control of the margin's morphology, where the imprint of the North Atlantic rifting and opening and later subduction of the Bay of Biscay and compressional events are still well preserved. The West Galicia margin, which is up to 350 km wide, is composed from east to the west of inner, transitional and outer sectors. The inner sector shows a graded upper slope strongly dissected by a system of submarine canyons and valleys that flow into the 170 km long and 40–60 km wide NW-SE Valle Inclán Valley. The transitional sector, which is up to 75 km wide, displays a smooth relief dominated by landslides and giant craters. Finally, the outer sector is characterised by several banks, N-S sub-parallel ridges and elongated valleys that ...
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