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Title: Continental shelf, canyons and pockmark fields in the southeastern Bay of Biscay
Authors: Galparsoro, Ibon; Muxika, Inigo; Garmendia, Joxe Mikel; Rodriguez, Jose German
Abstract: The seafloor morphology of southeastern Bay of Biscay (Basque coast) consists of a narrow continental shelf and the Capbreton Canyon running almost parallel to the coastline and reaching up to 3060 m in depth. The south flank of the canyon is steep, and it is incised by northward trending canyons and gullies. Pockmark fields are observed in the interfluves of the tributary canyons. This heterogeneous morphology affects the regional oceanographic conditions, current patterns, and wave propagation, which influence the characteristics of pelagic and benthic habitats and their spatial distribution. This chapter describes the hard- and soft-bottom benthic communities at a depth of 100-927 m, occupying the main geomorphic features and habitats.
Keywords: Basque Country; continental shelf; shelf break; outer shelf; Capbreton Canyon; pockmark; CAPBRETON CANYON; IBERIAN PENINSULA; CLASSIFICATION; FRAMEWORK; HABITATS; CONSERVATION; ASSEMBLAGES; AREA
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: ELSEVIER
Type: Article; Book Chapter
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-814960-7.00046-4
Funder: MarProtec project (Biodiversity Foundation, of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food, and Environment)
VAPEM project (Fisheries and Aquaculture Directorate of the Basque Government)
MESH Atlantic project (Interreg Atlantic Area Transnational Programme of the European Regional Development Fund)
General Secretariat of Fisheries (Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food, and Environment)
Appears in Publication types:Artículos científicos

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