Seismic Facies of Shelfedge Deposits, U.S. Pacific Continental Margin
Published:January 01, 1983
Michael E. Field, Paul R. Carlson, Robert K. Hall, 1983. "Seismic Facies of Shelfedge Deposits, U.S. Pacific Continental Margin", The Shelfbreak: Critical Interface on Continental Margins, Daniel Jean Stanley, George T. Moore
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Pacific-style continental margins, such as that of western North America, are marked by large contrasts in the type of shelfedge sedimentary deposits and the processes that form them. The Pacific shelves of the United States are generally much narrower than the Atlantic shelves, and the source areas exhibit more relief. The greater relief of Pacific coast source terranes results in a relatively high rate of sedimentation in humid areas and fluctuating (areally and seasonally) sedimentation patterns and rates in semiarid areas. Sediment shed from the adjacent landmass is discharged, generally seasonally, onto the Pacific Continental Shelf at point sources....
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The Shelfbreak: Critical Interface on Continental Margins
The shelfbreak is that point where the first major change in gradient occurs on the outermost edge of the continental shelf. Although this environment delimits the boundary between two principal and well-defined provinces, the continental shelf and slope - and thus is of the first order of importance on continental margins - it has received surprisingly little specific attention in either modern oceans or in the rock record. This volume, the first compendium dedicated specifically to the shelfbreak, was derived from an SEPM Research Symposium convened at the joint Annual Meeting of SEPM and AAPG on June 2, 1981. The material is organized in a manner to illustrate examples of the shelfbreak in both modern oceans and the rock record.