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Nature and origin of the submarine Albany canyons off southwest Australia

Exon, Neville; Hill, PJ; Mitchell, C; Post, A


The Albany canyons complex off southwest Australia extends 700 km from Cape Leeuwin to east of Esperance. The submarine canyons head on the uppermost continental slope and extend from there up to 90 km offshore, to the lowermost slope and onto the abyssal plain. Distributaries have transported shelf carbonate grains at least 150 km onto the abyssal plain. The largest canyons have cut down 1500-2000 m in places. In general, on the upper slope they have cut down into harder, older rocks: canyon...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
DOI: 10.1080/08120090500100036


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