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Geophysical Research Letters

Sediment undulations induced by free gas in muddy marine sediments: A modeling approach

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  • Regina Katsman

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    1. Dr. Moses Strauss Department of Marine Geosciences, Faculty of Science and Science Education, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
    • Corresponding author: R. Katsman, Dr. Moses Strauss Department of Marine Geosciences, Faculty of Science and Science Education, University of Haifa, Haifa 31905, Israel. (reginak@research.haifa.ac.il)

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Abstract

[1] Sediment undulations observed on the continental shelf in muddy prodeltas are often marked by the presence of gas in the upslope location. The growth and migration of bubbles within fine-grained muddy sediments are associated with sediment fracturing that damages the sediment and changes its effective mechanical properties. The presented theoretical investigation demonstrates by modeling that undulations may be induced by creep deformations downslope from the region with gas presence. Comparison of the dimensions of the modeled undulations with the observed ones suggests that the undulations may be enhanced over time by different processes, e.g., by the different types of the sediment deposition.

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