Sea-Floor Sunday #42: Faulted sea floor, Ionian Sea
The majority of Sea-Floor Sunday images I show are maps of sea-floor topography (or bathymetry), so this week I am instead going to show a cross section image of the sea floor and shallow subsurface.
Last year I posted about the online seismic-reflection image collection website Virtual Seismic Atlas. They now have 410 individual images and are always getting more (in fact, if you have access to images that could be released to the public, they are always looking for data donors).
They have several fantastic images from a survey in the Ionian Sea (south of Italy). The first one below is about 25 km across (click on image to go to page on VSA).
The next image below zooms in a bit more to show the detail.
The image below is the same as above but with some annotation explaining the features.
And, zoomed in a bit.
The high-resolution images of both the interpreted and uninterpreted profiles can be found here.
What’s great about the Virtual Seismic Atlas site is that many of the images are of sufficient resolution and quality that they could be used for teaching (e.g., a tectonics and sedimentation class).
To learn more about the tectonic evolution of this area, check out this page from Columbia University’s Earth Institute.