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Morphology and shallow stratigraphy of the West Melilla and Cabliers CWC Mounds (Alborán Sea). Preliminary insights from the GATEWAYS MD194 Cruise
Lo Iacono, C.; Victorero Gonzalez, L.; Huvenne, V.A.I.; Van Rooij, D.; Gràcia, E.; Ranero, C.; GATEWAYS Cruise Party (2014). Morphology and shallow stratigraphy of the West Melilla and Cabliers CWC Mounds (Alborán Sea). Preliminary insights from the GATEWAYS MD194 Cruise, 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. 115-116
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
    Geomorphology; Gravity corers; Marine
Author keywords
    Cold-Water Coral Mounds; Eastern Alboran Sea

Authors  Top 
  • Lo Iacono, C.
  • Victorero Gonzalez, L.
  • Huvenne, V.A.I., more
  • Van Rooij, D., more
  • Gràcia, E.
  • Ranero, C.
  • GATEWAYS Cruise Party

Abstract
    In this study we present the main morphological characteristics of the West Melilla and Cabliers CWC Mounds (Eastern Alboran Sea) and include the preliminary results from the analysis of four gravity cores collected in the area during the GATEWAY MD194 Cruise. The West Melilla Mound field is composed of two different clusters which may have different ages. The Cabliers Mound is a 15km long CWC ridge, where large living CWC reefs, almost unique for the Mediterranean Sea, have been observed on its summit through ROV videos, thriving under moderate current regimes and intense sediment transport. High density of CWC frameworks and strong variability of CWC species suggest that the Cabliers Mound corresponds to a peculiar feature compared to the other mounds of this region. The acquired data represent a step forward in understanding the evolution of the Alboran Giant CWC Mounds in their sedimentary environment.

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