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2nd Deep-water Circulation Congress: the Contourite Log-book

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    Eventtype: Conference/Workshop
    Period: 2014-09-10 - 2014-09-12
    Location: 't Pand, Gent, Belgium
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  • Universiteit Gent; Vakgroep Geologie, more, organiser
  • Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), more, partner

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Description:
    Since the first Deep-Water Circulation Congress: Processes and Products, organized in Baiona, Spain (16-18 June, 2010), a major milestone in contourite research was passed with the execution of IODP Expedition 339, drilling the Cádiz Contourite Depositional System. Also, this congress has laid the base for renewed collaborations, international partnerships and a number of topical publications.

    In this new year, where the Marine Geology journal will celebrate its 50th anniversary, we can celebrate as well the first seminal paper on deep-sea currents, published by Heezen and Hollister in the first volume (2nd issue) of Marine Geology. Since then, a tremendous effort has been realized by numerous marine scientists to be able to better understand the story locked within the contouritic sequences.

    This is why the 2nd Deep-Water Circulation Congress aims to focus within these three days on the 'Contourite Log-book', with the intention to increase our ability to unveil and extract the temporal and lateral variability of palaeoceanographic processes. Therefore, we aim to assemble the widest possible consortium of international ocean scientists in order to discuss the following main topics:

    • The coupling between (physical) oceanographic processes and contouritic sedimentation
    • The vital role of contouritic processes in the initiation, maintenance and decay of deep-water ecosystems (co-sponsored by FWO-ICA COCARDE)
    • The influence of the lateral and temporal variability of contourite sedimentation on slope (in)stability (co-sponsored by the IGCP-585 E-MARSHAL project)
    • The economic relevance of contourites within hydrocarbon systems, as well as in the formation process of polymetallic nodules

    Besides these main topics, we also warmly welcome contributions focusing on:

    • Technological advances in geophysics and geochemistry such as seismic oceanography and the application of CT scanning
    • Advances and methods in facies characterization and classification
    • Recognition, characterization and importance of ancient contourite outcrops
    • Shallow-water and lake contourites: similarities and differences with the deep-water record
    • 3D seismic geomorphology and contourites

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