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The seismic section across the Eastern Aleutian margin off southern Kodiak Island illustrates structure from the axis of the eastern Aleutian Trench to the edge of the Kodiak shelf. The seafloor morphology includes a flat trench axial area, a lower slope with two main steps, and a sharp topographic break marking the base of the steepened upper slope. The seismic section crosses a deep canyon in the upper slope, connected to one of the relict glacial troughs that cross the Kodiak Shelf (Hampton, 1983).

The Kodiak margin is composed of the insular outcrops containing metamorphosed accretion complex of Upper Cretaceous to Eocene age, the Kodiak shelf with the Neogene Albatross basin behind a high at the edge of the shelf named Albatross bank, and the landward slope of the trench. Albatross basin is filled with upper Miocene to Recent sediment 5 km deep (Fisher and von Huene, 1980) and is floored by a subareal erosion surface across landward-tilted Eocene and Oligocene (?) strata. These strata were sampled northeast of the seismic record section at Middleton Island (Rau et al., 1977; Keller et al., 1984), on the seaward flank of Albatross basin (Herrera, 1978), and southwest of it near Sanak Island (Bruns et al., in press). Subsidence of the Miocene regional erosion surface began about 6 Ma and subsequently, about 2 Ma, Albatross bank was uplifted at least 3 km (Fisher and von Huene, 1980; von Huene et al., in press). Thus, the steep upper slope that descends from Albatross bank

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