Antarctic Sedimentary Basins: Key to understanding glacial processes workshop to establish an integrated seismic stratigraphy for the Ross Sea, Antarctica, Trieste, Italy, 18–20 June 2007



The Cenozoic history of the Antarctic is recorded largely in the sedimentary basins of the Antarctic continental shelf. The seismic data across these basins are particularly important in defining the development of the cryosphere over the past 35 million years, as direct sampling of the sediments is limited to cores from only a few drill holes. The geometry and character of the seismic stratigraphy are used to infer glacial processes and the age of these events. In order to have a consistent circum-Antarctic interpretation of past glacial and tectonic events, a consistent seismic stratigraphy is needed.