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Modern surface sediments and non-deposition in Ellis Fjord, eastern Antarctica


McMinn, A and Bloxham, JJ and Whitehead, J, Modern surface sediments and non-deposition in Ellis Fjord, eastern Antarctica, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 45, (4) pp. 645-652. ISSN 0812-0099 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/08120099808728419


Ellis Fjord is a small, fjord-like marine embayment in the Vestfold Hills, eastern Antarctica. Modern sediment input is dominated by a biogenic diatom rain, although aeolian, fluvial, ice-rafted, slumped and tidal sediments also make a minor contribution. In areas where bioturbation is significant relict glaciogenic sediments are reworked into the fine-grained diatomaceous sediments to produce poorly sorted fine sands and silts. Where the bottom waters are anoxic, sediments remain unbioturbated and have a high biogenic silica component. Three depositional and non-depositional facies can be recognised in the fjord: an area of non-deposition around the shoreline; a relict morainal facies in areas of low sedimentation and high bioturbation; and a basinal facies in the deeper areas of the fjord.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Sedimentology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:McMinn, A (Professor Andrew McMinn)
UTAS Author:Bloxham, JJ (Mr John James Bloxham)
UTAS Author:Whitehead, J (Mr Whitehead)
ID Code:13858
Year Published:1998
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:IASOS
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-08

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