Interrelationships Between Oceanographic Events and Mass Wasting of the Sea Floor

  • William B. F. Ryan
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 6)


The shaping of the ocean floor is dependent not only on the local geological setting and the nature of the substrate, but it is also influenced by the overlying water mass. The purpose of this paper is to explore various physical, chemical, and biological factors that can be responsible for subaqueous erosion and landslides. Because oceanographic conditions change in response to both global climate fluctuations and the continuous rearrangements of the size, shape, and depth of the ocean basins, submarine erosion has a certain degree of time dependency, Knowledge of the so-called “paleo-oceanographic events” is made available primarily from the results of deep-sea drilling and seismic reflection profiling.


Debris Flow Continental Slope Abyssal Plain Geostrophic Current Submarine Canyon 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • William B. F. Ryan
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  1. 1.Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia UniversityPalisadesUSA

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