New reflection seismic profiles across the southern Amundsen Basin and Lomonosov Ridge, Arctic Ocean

Christoph.Gaedicke [ at ]


In autumn 2018 a multichannel seismic reflection survey was performed in the southeastern part of the Amundsen Basin, on the Lomonosov Ridge and its transition to the Siberian Shelf. We present the new data, and a first glance at the findings, with the aim to enhance insights into the tectonic evolution, sedimentation history, and paleoceanography of the southeastern Arctic Ocean. Lines on the Lomonosov Ridge confirm the presence of 1600 m thick, undisturbed, parallel sedimentary layers. A prominent high amplitude reflector sequence within the strata can be directly correlated to previous seismo-stratigraphic models. A major aim of the expedition was the acquisition of cross lines relative to previous surveys covering the location of the upcoming IODP377 project. A 300 km long transect from the Gakkel Deep across the southeastern Amundsen Basin and over the Lomonosov Ridge images an up to 3 km thick sedimentary sequence covering a rough acoustic basement in the Amundsen Basin. A prominent unconformity can be traced trough the basin, indicating widespread changes in tectonic and deposition conditions in the Arctic Ocean. The crustal surface shows strong deformation, in partucular in the western part of the basin. Tentatively we link the deformation to a reorganisation of tectonic plates accompanied by a significant decrease in spreading rates. Tectonics led to uplift of the oceanic crust and the overlaying lowermost sedimentary sequence which are now exposed at a seamount like structure piercing through younger sediments. The structure was sampled successfully by employment of a dredge. The exposed rocks directly overlaying the oceanic crust consist of consolidated sand- and siltstones. Lines across the transition from the Lomonosov Ridge to the Laptev Sea Shelf image a more than 2 km thick sedimentary sequence overlying a rugged and faulted acoustic basement. At first glance, no indications of a larger transform fault are found, which could elucidate the tectonic relation between the ridge and the shelf.

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EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna, Austria, 01 Apr 2019 - 01 Apr 2019, Vienna, Austria.
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Gaedicke, C. , Weigelt, E. , Berglar, K. , Jokat, W. and Stein, R. (2019): New reflection seismic profiles across the southern Amundsen Basin and Lomonosov Ridge, Arctic Ocean , EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna, Austria, Vienna, Austria, April 2019 - April 2019 .


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