Anatomy of a modern open-ocean carbonate slope: northern Little Bahama Bank

Henry T. Mullins, Kathryn C. Heath, H. Mark Van Buren, Cathryn R. Newton

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The open-ocean carbonate slope north of Little Bahama Bank consists of a relatively steep (4°) upper slope between water depths of 200 and 900 m, and a more gentle (1-2°) lower slope between depths of 900 and 1300+ m. The upper slope is dissected by numerous, small, submarine canyons (50-150 m in relief) that act as a line source for the downslope transport of coarse-grained carbonate debris. The lower slope is devoid of any well-defined canyons but does contain numerous, small (1-5 m) hummocks of uncertain origin and numerous, larger (5-40 m), patchily distributed, ahermatypic coral mounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDeep-Water Turbidite Systems
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781444304473
ISBN (Print)9780632032624
StatePublished - May 29 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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