Tour of California turbidites

With three new grad students recently accepted into the CoRE research group at Colorado School of Mines, I wanted to take them into the field to scope out thesis projects and just to show them some classic turbidite locales in California. Here is a very quick overview of that trip, and some pertinent references in case …

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Submarine slide captured off Gabon in 2005

"Submarine slide initiation and evolution offshore Pointe Odden, Gabon — Analysis from annual bathymetric data 2004–2009". Check out this paper from the coast of Gabon, where the authors use repeat multibeam surveys to capture a large-scale slope failure very near the coast.  They estimate that more than 2 million cubic meters of sediment were evacuated …

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Climbing-ripple successions in turbidite systems: depositional environments, sedimentation rates and accumulation times

Wow, that is a title right there! The third and final paper (PDF) of my thesis is finally published - I submitted this paper in 2010, and it was published online in the fall of 2011. Now however, it is finally out in print, and it feels real now. It was my most 'academic' project, …

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New Zealand turbidite field trip – Day 4: Mass transport deposits

Holy cow.  It just keeps getting better.  I can honestly say that my mind was blown today.  We saw some mass transport deposits (MTDs) that are truly seismic in scale!  Maybe not as big as the Storegga slide, but pretty dang big.  For a nice paper on MTDs, go here.  Since there is a student …

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