Oceanography The Official Magazine of
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Volume 17 Issue 04

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Volume 17, No. 4
Pages 118 - 131


Modeling Continental Shelf Formation in the Adriatic Sea and Elsewhere

Lincoln Pratson John Swenson Albert Kettner Juan FedeleGeorge PostmaAlan W. Niedoroda Carl FriedrichsJames P.M. Syvitski Chris Paola Mike StecklerEric Hutton Christopher W. Reed M. Van Dijk Himangshu Das
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Over geologic time, continental shelves are repeatedly flooded and exposed by relative rises and falls in sea level. As such, shelves are shaped and reshaped by subaerial, coastal, and submarine processes. While these processes can be studied today, the temporal and spatial scales over which shelf morphology and strata are created are beyond the realm of direct observation. The incompleteness of the stratigraphic record and of records of past environments complicates matters even further for it riddles geologic interpretations of strata with uncertainties about what formed when, where, why, and how.


Pratson, L., J. Swenson, A. Kettner, J. Fedele, G. Postma, A. Niedoroda, C. Friedrichs, J.P.M. Syvitski, C. Paola, M. Steckler, E. Hutton, C. Reed, M. Van Dijk, and H. Das. 2004. Modeling continental shelf formation in the Adriatic Sea and elsewhere. Oceanography 17(4):118–131, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2004.09.

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