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Global contourite distribution database, version 3
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Flanders Marine Institute; Renard Centre of Marine Geology - Ugent (2019). Global contourite distribution database, version 3. Available online at http://www.marineregions.org. https://doi.org/10.14284/346
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Description
This product offers a global overview of contourite distribution. Contourites are sedimentary units which are deposited or substantially reworked by alongslope bottom currents. They refer to the lithological unit and the terminology reflects the grain size of the sediment. Drifts refer to the same sedimentary unit as a contourite, but the word 'drift' reflects the morphological appearance of the sedimentary unit. The product was elaborated digitizing the information from several hundred published scientific papers. more

Scope
Themes:
Geology - Geophysics - Sedimentation, Physical > Currents - drift - dispersion - tracers
Keywords:
Marine, Contourites, World Oceans

Geographical coverage
World Oceans [Marine Regions]

Contributors
Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Geologie; Renard Centre of Marine Geology (RCMG), moredata creator
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredata creator

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Global contourite distribution database, version 2, more

Publication
Used in this dataset
Knutz, P.C.; Cartwright, J.A. (2004). 3D anatomy of Late Neogene contourite drifts and associated mass flows in the Faroe-Shetland Basin, in: Davies, R.J. et al. (Ed.) 3D Seismic Technology: Application to the exploration of sedimentary basins. Geological Society Memoir, 29: pp. 63-72. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1144/gsl.mem.2004.029.01.07, more
Hernández-Molina, F.J. et al. (2016). A contourite depositional system along the Uruguayan continental margin: Sedimentary, oceanographic and paleoceanographic implications. Mar. Geol. 378: 333-349. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.margeo.2015.10.008, more
Brackenridge, R.E. et al. (2013). A Pliocene mixed contourite–turbidite system offshore the Algarve Margin, Gulf of Cadiz: Seismic response, margin evolution and reservoir implications. Mar. Pet. Geol. 46: 36-50. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2013.05.015, more
Jones, E.J.W.; Okada, H. (2006). Abyssal circulation change in the equatorial Atlantic: Evidence from Cenozoic sedimentary drifts off West Africa. Mar. Geol. 232(1-2): 49-61. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.margeo.2006.07.002, more
Juan, C. et al. (2018). An assessment of bottom current controlled sedimentation in Pacific Ocean abyssal environments. Mar. Geol. 403: 20-33. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.margeo.2018.05.001, more
Martorelli, E. et al. (2010). Analysis and modeling of contourite drifts and contour currents off promontories in the Italian seas (Mediterranean Sea). Mar. Geol. 278(1-4): 19-30. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.margeo.2010.08.007, more
Tucholke, B.E.; Ewing, J.I. (1974). Bathymetry and sediment geometry of the Greater Antilles outer ridge and vicinity. Geol. Soc. Am. Bull. 85(11): 1789-1802. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1130/0016-7606(1974)85<1789:BASGOT>2.0.CO;2 , more
Laberg, J.-S. et al. (2005). Cenozoic alongslope processes and sedimentation on the NW European Atlantic margin. Mar. Pet. Geol. 22(9-10): 1069-1088. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2005.01.008, more
Hernández-Molina, F.J. et al. (2009). Contourite depositional system on the Argentine Slope: An exceptional record of the influence of Antarctic water masses. Geology (Boulder Colo.) 37(6): 507-510. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1130/g25578a.1, more
Maldonado, A. et al. (2003). Contourite deposits in the central Scotia Sea: the importance of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and the Weddell Gyre flows. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. 198(1-2): 187-221. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/s0031-0182(03)00401-2, more
Faugeres, J.-C. et al. (1993). Contourite drift types and their distribution in the North and South Atlantic Ocean basins. Sediment. Geol. 82(1-4): 189-203. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/0037-0738(93)90121-k, more
Surlyk, F.; Lykke-Andersen, H. (2007). Contourite drifts, moats and channels in the Upper Cretaceous chalk of the Danish Basin. Sedimentology 54(2): 405-422. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1111/j.1365-3091.2006.00842.x, more
Gonthier, E.G. et al. (1984). Contourite facies of the Faro Drift, Gulf of Cadiz, in: Stow, D.A.V. et al. (Ed.) Fine-grained Sediments: deep-water processes and facies. Geological Society Special Publication, 15: pp. 275-292. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1144/gsl.sp.1984.015.01.18, more
Cattaneo, A. et al. (2017). Contourite identification along Italian margins: The case of the Portofino drift (Ligurian Sea). Mar. Pet. Geol. 87: 137-147. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.03.026, more
Reed, D.L. et al. (1987). Contourite sedimentation in an intraoceanic forearc system: Eastern Sunda Arc, Indonesia. Mar. Geol. 76: 223-241. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/0025-3227(87)90031-4, more
Cunningham, A.R. et al. (2002). Contourite sedimentation in the Falkland Trough, western South Atlantic, in: Stow, D.A.V. et al. (Ed.) Deep-water contourite systems: Modern drifts and ancient series, seismic and sedimentary characteristics. Geological Society Memoir, 22: pp. 337-352. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1144/GSL.MEM.2002.022.01.24, more
Martorelli, E. et al. (2011). Contourites offshore Pantelleria Island (Sicily Channel, Mediterranean Sea): depositional, erosional and biogenic elements. Geo-Mar. Lett. 31(5-6): 481-493. http://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00367-011-0244-0, more
Uenzelmann-Neben, G. (2002). Contourites on the Agulhas Plateau, SW Indian Ocean: indications for the evolution of currents since Palaeogene times, in: Stow, D.A.V. et al. (Ed.) Deep-water contourite systems: Modern drifts and ancient series, seismic and sedimentary characteristics. Geological Society Memoir, 22: pp. 271-288, more
Owen, M.J. et al. (2014). Control of sedimentation by active tectonics, glaciation and contourite-depositing currents in Endurance Basin, South Georgia. Global Planet. Change 123: 323-343. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2014.08.003, more
Tallobre, C. et al. (2016). Description of a contourite depositional system on the Demerara Plateau: Results from geophysical data and sediment cores. Mar. Geol. 378: 56-73. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.margeo.2016.01.003, more
Lonsdale, P. (1981). Drifts and ponds of reworked pelagic sediment in part of the southwest Pacific. Mar. Geol. 43(3-4): 153-193. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/0025-3227(81)90180-8, more
Carter, L.; McCave, I.N. (2002). Eastern New Zealand Drifts, Miocene-Recent, in: Stow, D.A.V. et al. (Ed.) Deep-water contourite systems: Modern drifts and ancient series, seismic and sedimentary characteristics. Geological Society Memoir, 22: pp. 385-407. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1144/GSL.MEM.2002.022.01.27 , more
Soulet, Q. et al. (2016). Erosional versus aggradational canyons along a tectonically-active margin: The northeastern Ligurian margin (western Mediterranean Sea). Mar. Geol. 382: 17-36. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.margeo.2016.09.015, more
Rebesco, M. et al. (2016). Evolution of a high-latitude sediment drift inside a glacially-carved trough based on high-resolution seismic stratigraphy (Kveithola, NW Barents Sea). Quat. Sci. Rev. 147: 178-193. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.02.007, more
Gong, C. et al. (2017). Flow processes and sedimentation in contourite channels on the northwestern South China Sea margin: A joint 3D seismic and oceanographic perspective. Mar. Geol. 393: 176-193. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.margeo.2016.11.002, more
Llave, E. et al. (2018). Geomorphological and sedimentary processes of the glacially influenced northwestern Iberian continental margin and abyssal plains. Geomorphology (Amst.) 312: 60-85. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.03.022, more
Lucchi, R.G; Rebesco, M. (2007). Glacial contourites on the Antarctic Peninsula margin: insight for palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic conditions, in: Viana, A.R. et al. (Ed.) Economic and palaeoceanographic significance of contourite deposits. Geological Society Special Publication, 276: pp. 111-127. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1144/gsl.sp.2007.276.01.06, more
Camerlenghi, A. et al. (2001). Glacial morphology and post-glacial contourites in northern Prince Gustav Channel (NW Weddell Sea, Antarctica). Mar. Geophys. Res. 22(5-6): 417-443. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1023/a:1016399616365, more
Knutz, P.C. et al. (2002). Glacimarine slope sedimentation, contourite drifts and bottom current pathways on the Barra Fan, UK North Atlantic margin. Mar. Geol. 188(1-2): 129-146. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/S0025-3227(02)00278-5, more
Kuvaas, B. et al. (2004). Input of glaciomarine sediments along the East Antarctic Continental Margin; depositional processes on the Cosmonaut Sea Continental Slope and Rise and a regional acoustic stratigraphic correlation from 40° W to 80° E. Mar. Geophys. Res. 25(3-4): 247-263. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s11001-005-1321-4, more
Palomino, D. et al. (2011). Interaction between seabed morphology and water masses around the seamounts on the Motril Marginal Plateau (Alboran Sea, Western Mediterranean). Geo-Mar. Lett. 31(5-6): 465-479. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00367-011-0246-y, more
Koenitz, D. et al. (2008). Internal structure of a contourite drift generated by the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 9(6): 1-27. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1029/2007gc001799, more
MacLachlan, S.E. et al. (2008). Investigations of the bottom current sculpted margin of Hatton Bank, NE Atlantic. Mar. Geol. 253(3-4): 170-184. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.margeo.2008.05.012, more
Stoker, M.S. (2002). Late Neogene development of the UK Atlantic margin, in: Doré, A.G. et al. (Ed.) Exhumation of the North Atlantic Margin, timing, mechanisms and implications for petroleum exploration. Geological Society Special Publication, 196: pp. 313-329. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1144/gsl.sp.2002.196.01.17, more
Ivanova, E. et al. (2016). Late Pliocene–Pleistocene stratigraphy and history of formation of the Ioffe calcareous contourite drift, Western South Atlantic. Mar. Geol. 372: 17-30. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.margeo.2015.12.002, more
Hernández-Molina, F.J. et al. (2003). Looking for clues to paleoceanographic imprints: A diagnosis of the Gulf of Cadiz contourite depositional systems. Geology (Boulder Colo.) 31(1): 19. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1130/0091-7613(2003)031<0019:lfctpi>2.0.co;2, more
Venuti, A. et al. (2007). Magnetic proxy for the deep (Pacific) western boundary current variability across the mid-Pleistocene climate transition. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 259(1-2): 107-118. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.epsl.2007.04.032, more
Hernández-Molina, F.J. et al. (2006). Miocene reversal of bottom water flow along the Pacific Margin of the Antarctic Peninsula: Stratigraphic evidence from a contourite sedimentary tail. Mar. Geol. 228(1-4): 93-116. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.margeo.2005.12.010, more
Miramontes, E. et al. (2018). Morphological control of slope instability in contourites: a geotechnical approach. Landslides 15(6): 1085-1095. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s10346-018-0956-6, more
Preu, B. et al. (2013). Morphosedimentary and hydrographic features of the northern Argentine margin: The interplay between erosive, depositional and gravitational processes and its conceptual implications. Deep-Sea Res., Part 1, Oceanogr. Res. Pap. 75: 157-174. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.dsr.2012.12.013, more
Hanebuth, T.J.J. et al. (2015). Oceanic density fronts steering bottom-current induced sedimentation deduced from a 50 ka contourite-drift record and numerical modeling (off NW Spain). Quat. Sci. Rev. 112: 207-225. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.01.027, more
Tournadour, E. et al. (2015). Origin and architecture of a Mass Transport Complex on the northwest slope of Little Bahama Bank (Bahamas): Relations between off-bank transport, bottom current sedimentation and submarine landslides. Sediment. Geol. 317: 9-26. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.sedgeo.2014.10.003, more
Locker, S.D.; Laine, E.P. (1992). Paleogene-Neogene depositional history of the middle U.S. Atlantic continental rise: mixed turbidite and contourite depositional systems. Mar. Geol. 103(1-3): 137-164. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/0025-3227(92)90013-8, more
Pellegrini, C. et al. (2015). Pliocene–Quaternary contourite depositional system along the south-western Adriatic margin: changes in sedimentary stacking pattern and associated bottom currents. Geo-Mar. Lett. 36(1): 67-79. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00367-015-0424-4, more
Niemi, T.M. et al. (2000). Post-Eocene seismic stratigraphy of the deep ocean basin adjacent to the southeast African continental margin: a record of geostrophic bottom current systems. Mar. Geol. 162(2-4): 237-258. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/s0025-3227(99)00062-6, more
Rebesco, M. et al. (2013). Quaternary contourite drifts of the Western Spitsbergen margin. Deep-Sea Res., Part 1, Oceanogr. Res. Pap. 79: 156-168. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.dsr.2013.05.013, more
Llave, E. et al. (2007). Quaternary evolution of the contourite depositional system in the Gulf of Cadiz, in: Viana, A.R. et al. (Ed.) Economic and palaeoceanographic significance of contourite deposits. Geological Society Special Publication, 276: pp. 49-79. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1144/gsl.sp.2007.276.01.03, more
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Rebesco, M. et al. (2002). Sediment drifts and deep-sea channel systems, Antarctic Peninsula Pacific Margin, in: Stow, D.A.V. et al. (Ed.) Deep-water contourite systems: Modern drifts and ancient series, seismic and sedimentary characteristics. Geological Society Memoir, 22: pp. 353-371. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1144/GSL.MEM.2002.022.01.25 , more
Gong, C. et al. (2012). Sediment waves on the South China Sea Slope off southwestern Taiwan: Implications for the intrusion of the Northern Pacific Deep Water into the South China Sea. Mar. Pet. Geol. 32(1): 95-109. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2011.12.005, more
Collart, T. et al. (2018). Sedimentary processes and cold-water coral mini-mounds at the Ferrol canyon head, NW Iberian margin. Prog. Oceanogr. 169: 48-65. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.pocean.2018.02.027, more
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Dataset status: Completed
Data type: GIS maps
Metadatarecord created: 2019-03-11
Information last updated: 2019-03-18
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