Deep-water Circulation: Processes & Products (16-18 June 2010, Baiona): introduction and future challenges
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AuthorsHernández-Molina, F.J. (Francisco Javier); Stow, Dorrik A.V.; Llave, E. (Estefanía); Rebesco, Michele; Ercilla, G. (Gemma); Van-Rooij, D. (David); Mena, A.; Vázquez, J.T. (Juan Tomás); Voelker, A.H.L.
Deep-water circulation is a critical part of the global conveyor belt that regulates Earth’s climate. The bottom (contour)-current component of this circulation is of key significance in shaping the deep seafloor through erosion, transport, and deposition. As a result, there exists a high variety of large-scale erosional and depositional features (drifts) that together form more complex contourite depositional systems on continental slopes and rises as well as in ocean basins, generated by different water masses flowing at different depths and at different speeds either in the same or in opposite directions. Yet, the nature of these deep-water processes and the deposited contourites is still poorly understood in detail. Their ultimate decoding will undoubtedly yield information of fundamental importance to the earth and ocean sciences. The international congress Deep-water Circulation: Processes & Products was held from 16–18 June 2010 in Baiona, Spain, hosted by the University of Vigo. ...