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Focused fluid flow in passive continental margins

Focused fluid flow in passive continental margins
Focused fluid flow in passive continental margins
Passive continental margins such as the Atlantic seaboard of Europe are important for society as they contain large energy resources, and they sustain ecosystems that are the basis for the commercial fish stock. The margin sediments are very dynamic environments. Fluids are expelled from compacting sediments, bottom water temperature changes cause gas hydrate systems to change their locations and occasionally large magmatic intrusions boil the pore water within the sedimentary basins, which is then expelled to the surface. The fluids that seep through the seabed at the tops of focused fluid flow systems have a crucial role for seabed ecology, and study of such fluid flow systems can also help in predicting the distribution of hydrocarbons in the subsurface and deciphering the climate record. Therefore, the study of focused fluid flow will become one of the most important fields in marine geology in the future.
fluid flow, continental margins, climate change, marine ecosystems, petroleum systems
1364-503X
2855-2871
Berndt, Christian
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Berndt, Christian
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Berndt, Christian (2005) Focused fluid flow in passive continental margins. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society A, 363 (1837), 2855-2871. (doi:10.1098/rsta.2005.1666).

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Passive continental margins such as the Atlantic seaboard of Europe are important for society as they contain large energy resources, and they sustain ecosystems that are the basis for the commercial fish stock. The margin sediments are very dynamic environments. Fluids are expelled from compacting sediments, bottom water temperature changes cause gas hydrate systems to change their locations and occasionally large magmatic intrusions boil the pore water within the sedimentary basins, which is then expelled to the surface. The fluids that seep through the seabed at the tops of focused fluid flow systems have a crucial role for seabed ecology, and study of such fluid flow systems can also help in predicting the distribution of hydrocarbons in the subsurface and deciphering the climate record. Therefore, the study of focused fluid flow will become one of the most important fields in marine geology in the future.

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Published date: 2005
Keywords: fluid flow, continental margins, climate change, marine ecosystems, petroleum systems

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Local EPrints ID: 19091
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/19091
ISSN: 1364-503X
PURE UUID: 3126b48d-f55c-4475-b748-579da4264d8e

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Date deposited: 13 Dec 2005
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 19:27

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Author: Christian Berndt

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