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Good neighbours in vigorous currents: contourites and cold-water corals
Hebbeln, D.; Wienberg, C.; Van Rooij, D. (2004). Good neighbours in vigorous currents: contourites and cold-water corals, in: Van Rooij, D. et al. (Ed.) (2014). Book of Abstracts. 2nd Deep-Water Circulation Congress: The Contourite Log-book. Ghent, Belgium, 10-12 September 2014. VLIZ Special Publication, 69: pp. 7-8
In: Van Rooij, D.; Rüggeberg, A. (Ed.) (2014). Book of Abstracts. 2nd Deep-Water Circulation Congress: The Contourite Log-book. Ghent, Belgium, 10-12 September 2014. VLIZ Special Publication, 69. Ghent University, Department of Geology and Soil Science/Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ): Oostende. xviii, 152 pp., more
In: VLIZ Special Publication. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ): Oostende. ISSN 1377-0950, more

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Keywords
    Bottom currents; Continental margins; Contourites; Marine
Author keywords
    Cold-water corals

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  • Hebbeln, D.
  • Wienberg, C.
  • Van Rooij, D., more

Abstract
    Being both triggered by intense bottom currents, contourites and cold-water corals often occur side by side along many continental margins in the world. Whereas the interaction between bottom currents and sediments can form large contourite depositional systems, cold-water corals can build-up impressive seabed structures called coral carbonate mounds. The co-occurrence of contourite drift deposits and coral carbonate mounds frequently aligns such prominent seabed structures in a given region. These can form high-resolution paleo-archives preserving detailed paleo environmental records, especially with regard to the prevailing bottom current systems. After five respectively two decades of intense research, providing significant knowledge about contourites and cold-water corals, new ideas and concepts may arise from a close collaboration of scientists from these two fields.

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