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Global sediment thickness data set updated for the Australian-Antarctic Southern Ocean


Whittaker, J and Goncharov, A and Williams, SE and Muller, RD and Leitchenkov, G, Global sediment thickness data set updated for the Australian-Antarctic Southern Ocean, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 14, (8) pp. 3297-3305. ISSN 1525-2027 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 American Geophysical Union

DOI: doi:10.1002/ggge.20181


We present a new, 5 min sediment thickness grid for the Australian-Antarctic region (60E-155E, 30S-70S). New seismic reflection and refraction data have been used to add detail to the conjugate Australian and Antarctic margins and intervening ocean floor where regional sediment thickness patterns were poorly known previously. On the margins, sediment thickness estimates were computed from velocity-depth functions from sonobuoy/refraction velocity solutions ground-truthed against seismic reflection data. For the Southeast Indian Ridge abyssal plains, sediment thickness contours from Geli et al. (2007) were used. The new regional minimum sediment thickness grid was combined with the global National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) sediment grid to create an updated global grid. Even using the minimum estimates, sediment accumulations on the extended Australian and Antarctic continental margins are 2 km thicker across large regions and up to 9 km thicker in the Ceduna Basin compared to the global NGDC compilation of sediment thickness data.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine; sediment; thickness
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Structural geology and tectonics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Whittaker, J (Associate Professor Jo Whittaker)
ID Code:88442
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:146
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2014-02-03
Last Modified:2022-08-30

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