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Diagnostic analysis of contourite drifts and contour currents around small-scale topographic features: some examples from the Italian Seas (Mediterranean Sea)
Falcini, F.; Martorelli, E.; Salushi, E.; Chiocci, F.L. (2014). Diagnostic analysis of contourite drifts and contour currents around small-scale topographic features: some examples from the Italian Seas (Mediterranean Sea), in: Van Rooij, D. et al. (Ed.) Book of Abstracts. 2nd Deep-Water Circulation Congress: The Contourite Log-book. Ghent, Belgium, 10-12 September 2014. VLIZ Special Publication, 69: pp. 71-72
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
    Contourites; Marine
Author keywords
    Bathymetric curvatures; Flow instabilities; Potential vorticity

Authors  Top 
  • Falcini, F.
  • Martorelli, E.
  • Salushi, E.
  • Chiocci, F.L.

Abstract
    We analyse here contourite drifts presumably related to a topographic control given by promontories or seafloor depressions (e.g., slide scars) in some Italian Seas. We therefore investigate the local effect of a topographic unevenness (such as a landslide scar) on flow contouring a cape by applying the classical conservation of marine water potential vorticity (PV). We further analyse the presence of non-linear and/or baroclinic instabilities that may lead to erosive or depositional conditions which, in turn, inhibit or favour the formation of contourites. Such an analysis is performed by applying the classical theory for conservation of potential vorticity (PV) in a cylindrical frame, which is able to describe the fluid properties by means of bathymetric curvatures.

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