Lithic and Acoustic Stratigraphy of the Equatorial North Pacific: DOMES Sites A, B, and C

  • D. Z. Piper
  • H. E. Cook
  • J. V. Gardner
Part of the Marine Science book series (MR, volume 9)


In surface sediment at the three DOMES sites in the equatorial North Pacific, the percentage of reworked fauna and the thickness of the acoustically transparent uppermost layer increases from east to west (Sites C to B to A) and the percentage of volcanogenic products decreases. On the basis of lithology and acoustic signature (3.5 kHz) this sediment can be correlated with surface sediment recovered in Deep Sea Drilling Project cores from this same area. It has been assigned to the radiolarian ooze unit of the Clipperton Ocean Formation. The underlying Marquesas Oceanic Formation, well documented in DSDP cores, was not observed in DOMES cores but was identified in the acoustic records as an acoustically transparent to weakly reflective unit. In the study area, the Clipperton Formation is commonly deeply eroded and unconformable with the sea-floor surface, but the Marquesas Formation is present everywhere and has a fairly uniform thickness.


Gravity Core Manganese Nodule Cyclic Unit Oceanic Formation Acoustic Record 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Z. Piper
    • 1
  • H. E. Cook
    • 1
  • J. V. Gardner
    • 1
  1. 1.U.S. Geological SurveyMenlo ParkUSA

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