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TitleThe fram slide off svalbard: A submarine landslide on a lowsedimentation- rate glacial continental margin
AuthorElger, J; Berndt, C; Krastel, S; Piper, D J WORCID logo; Gross, F; Spielhagen, R F; Meyer, S
SourceJournal of the Geological Society vol. 172, 2, 2015 p. 153-156, Open Access logo Open Access
Alt SeriesNatural Resources Canada, Contribution Series 20182400
PublisherGeological Society of London
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
Released2014 12 23
AbstractSubmarine slope failures are a widespread, hazardous phenomenon on continental margins. The prevailing opinion links large submarine landslides along the glaciated NW European continental margins to overpressure generated by the alternation of rapidly deposited glacigenic and hemipelagic material. Here, we report a newly discovered large landslide complex off NW Svalbard. It differs from all known large slides off NW Europe, as the available data rule out that this slope failure resulted from rapid glacigenic deposition. This suggests that processes such as contour currents, tectonic faulting, and overpressure build-up related to the gas hydrate system must be considered for hazard assessment.

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