Sediment Composition and Sedimentary Processes in the Arctic Ocean

  • D. A. Darby
  • A. S. Naidu
  • T. C. Mowatt
  • G. Jones


Sedimentologic investigations in the central Arctic Ocean have been limited primarily to the western half, that is, west of the Lomonosov Ridge and Fletcher Abyssal Plain (Fig. 24-1). The most detailed sampling was obtained from Fletcher’s Ice Island T-3 between 1963 and 1974. This sampling involves the areas within the Canada Basin, defined herein as the Canada Abyssal Plain and surrounding ridge and continental slopes. More recently, temporary ice stations have sampled bottom sediments east of the Alpha Ridge to the Lomonosov Ridge (for example, the Canadian CESAR and LOREX Projects, Fig. 24-2). The sediments of the eastern half of the Arctic Ocean remain an enigma with little or no sediment cores or grab samples having been studied to date. The probing in the western Arctic is not very uniform and areas such as the Wrangel Abyssal Plain have yet to be sampled. Even large parts of the Canada Abyssal Plain have not been studied.


Arctic Ocean Heavy Mineral Sedimentary Process Sediment Composition Lithostratigraphic Unit 
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