What is the slope of the US continental slope?

Journal Article

Extensive high-resolution, multibeam bathymetry of five US continental margins provides new, detailed information about the angle of continental slopes in different sedimentary and tectonic settings. Frequency grids of local slope magnitude vs depth and dip direction for two passive continental slopes reflect present-day morphology predominantly being shaped by lithology (west Florida), sedimentation (New Jersey-Maryland), and downslope-directed erosion (New Jersey-Maryland, west Florida). The grids for the three tectonically active continental slopes reflect morphology partly (California) to predominantly (Louisiana, Oregon) being shaped by tectonics. -from Authors

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pratson, LF; Haxby, WF

Published Date

  • 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 3 - 6

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-7613

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1130/0091-7613(1996)024<0003:WITSOT>2.3.CO