Ice-gouge data, Beaufort Sea, Alaska, 1972-1980

Open-File Report 81-950
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The interaction of sea ice with the sea floor is an important factor affecting geologic processes on high latitude shelves. One of the most obvious forms of this interaction is the formation of furrow-like gouges or the sea floor. These gouges are caused by wind- and current-driven ice masses that rake the seabed with their keels. Since the advent of side-scanning sonar about 1970, the morphology and character of these seabed features have been under study. Ice gouges have been reported from the Bering Sea (Thor and Nelson, 1980); from the Chukchi Sea (Rex, 1955; Toimil, 1978); from the Beaufort Sea off Alaska (Brooks, 1974; Carsola, 1954; Reimnitz et al., 1972); from the Beaufort Sea off Canada (Kindle, 1924; Lewis, 1978; Pelletier and Shearer, 1972; Wahlgren, 1979); from the east coast of Canada (Harris, 1974); from the northeast Atlantic (Belderson et al., 1973); and from the Great Lakes (Berkson and Clay, 1973).

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Ice-gouge data, Beaufort Sea, Alaska, 1972-1980
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 81-950
DOI 10.3133/ofr81950
Year Published 1981
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Description 22 p.
Country United States
State Alaska
Other Geospatial Beaufort Sea
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