The Geology of Continental Margins

  • Creighton A. Burk
  • Charles L. Drake

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Geological Significance of Continental Margins

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. C. L. Drake, C. A. Burk
      Pages 3-10
  3. General Bathymetry and Topography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Bruce C. Heezen
      Pages 13-24
    3. Robert L. Fisher
      Pages 25-41
  4. Transition from Continent to Ocean

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. J. Lamar Worzel
      Pages 59-66
    3. Jack Oliver, Bryan L. Isacks, Muawia Barazangi
      Pages 85-92
    4. T. Hatherton
      Pages 93-103
    5. M. J. Carr, R. E. Stoiber, C. L. Drake
      Pages 105-114
  5. Recent Sedimentation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Donald J. P. Swift
      Pages 117-135
    3. R. N. Ginsburg, Noel P. James
      Pages 137-155
    4. Eugen Seibold, Karl Hinz
      Pages 179-196
    5. Roland von Huene
      Pages 207-211

About this book


The continental margins of the world constitute the most impressive and largest physiographic feature of the earth's surface, and one of fundamentally great geological significance. Continental margins have been the subject of increasing attention in recent years, an interest focused by a body of new data that has provided new insights into their character. This interest was further stimulated by the realization that, in addition to the abundant living resources, continental margins contain petroleum and mineral resources that are accessible with existing technology. This realization, along with their basic geological importance, has provoked further research into the nature of continental margins throughout the world. A summary of these findings, as related to both recent and ancient continental margins, is the subject of this book. At various times in the past we had been approached individually to prepare a basic reference to continental margins; we then proposed to do such a volume jointly. However, the stimulus for the present volume eventually arose from a Penrose Conference arranged through the Geological Society of America. This conference was attended by specialists of numerous disciplines and from throughout the world, many of whom insisted that such a volume would be both timely and useful. Consequently, we agreed to undertake the task of assembling this book, with the objectives of making it available as soon and as inexpensively as possible.


Kontinentalabhang geology mineral mineral resources research

Editors and affiliations

  • Creighton A. Burk
    • 1
  • Charles L. Drake
    • 2
  1. 1.Mobil Oil CorporationPrincetonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Earth SciencesDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1974
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-01143-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-01141-6
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