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Late Quarternary evolution of the Madeira Abyssal Plain, Canary Basin, NE Atlantic
Rothwell, R.G.; Pearce, T.J.; Weaver, P.P.E. (1992). Late Quarternary evolution of the Madeira Abyssal Plain, Canary Basin, NE Atlantic. Basin Res. 4: 103-131
In: Basin Research. Blackwell Publishing: Oxford. ISSN 0950-091X, more
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Keywords
    Abyssal plains; Atlantic Ocean; Bathymetry; Bathymetry; Bathymetry; Clastic rocks; Clastic sediments; Cores; Lithofacies; Marine transportation; Mud; Quaternary period; Sediment yield; Sedimentary rocks; Turbidity; Turbidity currents; A, North Atlantic [Marine Regions]; Atlantic North East [Marine Regions]; ASE, Canary I. [Marine Regions]; ASE, Madeira Plain [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Rothwell, R.G.
  • Pearce, T.J.
  • Weaver, P.P.E.

Abstract
    The deepest part of the Canary Basin, the Madeira Abyssal Plain, receives allochthonous sediments derived from a large drainage basin which, if its subaerial continuation is included, covers an area of 3.36 × 106 km2. An international research effort over the last 10 years has recovered over 160 sediment cores from the plain, and the development of a high-resolution stratigraphy has enabled individual turbidites to be correlated layer by layer. Sedimentation on the Madeira Abyssal Plain during the late Quaternary is dominated by thick turbidite muds separated by thin pelagic intervals

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