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Subaqueous Dunes Over Sand Ridges on the Murcia Outer Shelf

AuthorsDurán, Ruth ; Guillén, Jorge ; Rivera, Jesús; Muñoz, Araceli; Lobo, F. J.; Fernández-Salas, L. M.; Acosta, Juan
KeywordsSand ridges
Subaqueous dunes
Tideless continental shelf
Western Mediterranean Sea
Issue Date2017
CitationAtlas of Bedforms in the Western Mediterranean: 187-192 (2017)
AbstractMultibeam swath bathymetry, high-resolution seismic data and sediment samples were used to characterize a field of sand ridges and subaqueous dunes on the outer Murcia continental shelf (western Mediterranean Sea). Sand ridges are 1.5–3 m high and show a predominant E-W orientation oblique to the present-day shoreline. High-resolution seismic data reveal a backstepping stacking pattern of high-angle clinoforms dipping towards the southwest, interpreted as buried sand bodies. Subaqueous dunes have a mean height of 0.3 m and appear superimposed on the sand ridges showing a NW-SE orientation oblique to the ridges. They are composed of sandy sediments and display asymmetric morphology, with the lee side towards the southwest. Ridge and dune asymmetry and internal structure are indicative of long-term sediment transport towards the southwest. At present, dune migration rates deduced from repeated bathymetric surveys indicate that the dunes remain stationary or migrate at very low rates on a decadal scale Dune migration rates were determined from the net displacement of the crests and troughs positions deduced from repeated multibeam surveys (2003 and 2013). Results indicate that the subaqueous dunes remain stationary or migrate at low rates towards the southwest (migration rates < 1 m yr-1). Bedform asymmetry and migration are consistent with the general circulation of the margin, characterized by a predominant geostrophic current flowing south-westward along the shelf break
Description6 pages, 3 figures
Publisher version (URL)https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-33940-5_29
Identifiersdoi: 10.1007/978-3-319-33940-5_29
isbn: 978-3-319-33938-2
isbn: 978-3-319-33940-5
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