Nuevas evidencias de enlosados y chimeneas carbonatadas en el campo de volcanes de fango de El Laberinto (Golfo de Cádiz, SO de la Península Ibérica)
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AuthorsDíaz-del-Río-Español, V. (Víctor); Palomino, D. (Desirée); Vázquez, J.T. (Juan Tomás); Rueda, J.L. (José Luis); Fernández-Salas, L.M. (Luis Miguel); López-González, N. (Nieves)
Gulf of Cadiz
Based on new discoveries of submarine chimneys and pavements related to leaking gases in the Gulf of Cadiz, we discuss in this paper the role of this submarine structures in terms of habitats. Location of shallow mud volcanoes surrounding the Laberinto Field let us think that this structures could also be found in shallower areas of the margin, including particular areas of the shelf. The role and the position of the MOW in different episodes of the sea level during the Quaternary is a key factorthat control seepages inmud volcanoes along the area. Biodiversity of benthic communities, consisting of specialists of hard and soft (mainly muddy) substrates, is changing dramatically depending on the fluxes of seepages and the position of the MOW.