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Sedimentary Bedforms in the Menorca Channel Region, Balearic Islands (Western Mediterranean)

  • María DruetEmail author
  • Juan Acosta
  • Araceli Muñoz
  • Carmen Barberá
  • Joan Moranta
  • José Manuel Jódar
  • Natalia Martínez-Carreño
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Abstract

A variety of sedimentary bedforms have been identified on the continental shelf between Mallorca and Menorca (Menorca Channel). The bedforms consist of different grain sizes, ranging from very fine to coarse, predominantly bioclastic sands, and include rippled scour depressions in association with fine sand patches, sand waves, sand ridges, ribbons and furrows. The morphology and acoustic appearance of these bedforms are documented in a number of maps generated on the basis of detailed multibeam bathymetric datasets, side-scan sonar images and high-resolution reflection seismic profiles (TOPAS).

Keywords

Menorca channel Sand patches (rippled scour depressions) Sand waves Sand ridges Sand ribbons Furrows 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We want to thank INDEMARES-CANAL DE MENORCA working group for their cooperation during the development of the project. Spanish Fishing General Secretary gave up CALMEN multibeam bathymetry datasets to the INDEMARES Project. We are thankful for the suggestions made by Dr. J. Guillén and Prof. Dr. B. W. Flemming, which improved the quality of the final manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • María Druet
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Juan Acosta
    • 2
  • Araceli Muñoz
    • 3
  • Carmen Barberá
    • 4
  • Joan Moranta
    • 4
  • José Manuel Jódar
    • 5
  • Natalia Martínez-Carreño
    • 5
  1. 1.Instituto Geológico y Minero de EspañaTres CantosSpain
  2. 2.Instituto Español de OceanografíaMadridSpain
  3. 3.TRAGSAMadridSpain
  4. 4.Centre Oceanogràfic de les BalearsInstituto Español de OceanografíaPalma de MallorcaSpain
  5. 5.TECMARIN 1990Casarribios del Monte, ToledoSpain

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