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Free Content Morphology and Quaternary History of the Continental Shelf of the Gulf Coast of the United States

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Sea-level fluctuations of the Quaternary have greatly influenced the surface morphology of the continental shelf off the gulf coast of the United States. Two prominent shorelines, at 60- and 160-meter depths, and other features found on the gulf shelf can be related to the relatively recent events of the Quaternary, particularly those of the Holocene transgression. Landward of the 40-meter contour, the slow rise of the sea surface and modern sedimentation have produced a complex mixture of topographic expressions. Diapiric structures, which are abundant from De Soto Canyon westward, appear to be of secondary importance in contributing to the shelf's surface relief.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1970

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