Stratigraphic and morphologic signatures of continental shelves, IGC 2016, Cape Town: an introduction

Andrew Green, Andrew Cooper

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Abstract

This special issue of Geo-Marine Letters comprises seven contributions to the session “Stratigraphic and morphologic signatures of continental shelves” of the 35th International Geological Congress held in Cape Town (Republic of South Africa) on 27 August–4 September 2016. There is an additional article not presented at the conference but falling into the same general theme. The guest editors are A.N. Green and J.A.G. Cooper. The eight articles address several contemporary themes in continental shelf geology. They include the role of antecedent conditioning on the development of shelf stratigraphy and geomorphology; erosion of submerged shorelines and their preservation during (stepped) postglacial sea-level rise; the role of glacial processes (e.g. iceberg scouring during ice-sheet retreat); and the utility of archival data in addressing contemporary issues such as Holocene climate change and global oceanographic circulation systems. The continental shelf holds important information for understanding past and present global circulation and earth–ice–atmosphere interactions including sea-level change. It is hoped that these themes will spur further research that is slowly coming to the fore in several new and innovative mapping and exploration programmes emerging from an increasing number of coastal nations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
JournalGeo-Marine Letters
Volume38
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Continental shelf
  • geomorphology
  • sea-level change

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