About this Research Topic
The main goal of this Research Topic is to bring together recent and advanced studies related to the role of shelf-incised submarine canyons in controlling continental-margin architecture and source-to-sink sedimentary processes and how they may promote faster human footprint expansion into deep-sea environments. This collection will explore the complexity and significance of shelf-incised canyons feeding the deep basin in the sedimentary record and transfer such knowledge to fill gaps in understanding the links between the physical processes and the biological responses in modern canyons.
The current Research Topic aims to cover promising, recent and novel research trends in the study of shelf-incised submarine canyons in modern settings and the ancient record. We encourage contributions addressing a wide range of spatial and temporal scales and applying state-of-the-art methodologies, including but not limited to the following areas:
• Sedimentary processes and products, including gravity flows, bottom currents and other oceanographic and anthropogenic-driven processes;
• Stratigraphic evolution of shelf-incised canyons systems and controlling factors;
• Canyon ecosystems and their link with canyon morphology and physical processes;
• Focused fluid flows;
• Geohazards and natural resources; and
• Marine litter in submarine canyons, focusing on their role as bypass or sink areas.
Keywords: submarine canyons, margin evolution, sediment gravity flows, source-to-sink, marine ecosystems
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