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Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences

Volume 19 of the series Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research pp 281-289

Slope Failures in the Faroe — Shetland Channel

  • D. LongAffiliated withBritish Geological Survey
  • , A. G. StevensonAffiliated withBritish Geological Survey
  • , C. K. WilsonAffiliated withBritish Geological Survey
  • , J. BulatAffiliated withBritish Geological Survey

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Abstract

Submarine slides varying from 0.002km3 to more than 360km3 have been identified in the Faroe — Shetland Channel using a wide range of surveys. Although not a major constraint to seabed use slides need to be considered as a potential geohazard. Dynamic loading of contouritic horizons is considered the triggering mechanism of these thin layer failures.

Keywords

Faroe — Shetland Channel submarine slide contourites seismicity