Pore pressure penetrometers document high overpressure near the seafloor where multiple landslides have occured on the continental slope offshore Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico.

Flemings, P. B., Long, H., Dugan, B., Germaine, J., John, C., Behrmann, Jan Hinrich and Sawyer, D. and IODP Expedition (2008) Pore pressure penetrometers document high overpressure near the seafloor where multiple landslides have occured on the continental slope offshore Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 269 . pp. 309-324. DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2007.12.005.

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Abstract

Overpressures measured with pore pressure penetrometers during Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 308 reach 70% and 60% of the hydrostatic effective stress (View the MathML sourceλ*=(u−uh)(σvh')) in the first 200 meters below sea floor (mbsf) at Sites U1322 and U1324, respectively, in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, offshore Louisiana. High overpressures are present within low permeability mudstones where there have been multiple, very large, submarine landslides during the Pleistocene. Beneath 200 mbsf at Site U1324, pore pressures drop significantly: there are no submarine landslides in this mixture of mudstone, siltstone, and sandstone. The penetrometer measurements did not reach the in situ pressure at the end of the deployment. We used a soil model to determine that an extrapolation approach based on the inverse of square route of time (View the MathML source1/t) requires much less decay time to achieve a desirable accuracy than an inverse time (1/t) extrapolation. Expedition 308 examined how rapid and asymmetric sedimentation above a permeable aquifer drives lateral fluid flow, extreme pore pressures, and submarine landslides. We interpret that the high overpressures observed are driven by rapid sedimentation of low permeability material from the ancestral Mississippi River. Reduced overpressure at depth at Site U1324 suggests lateral flow (drainage) whereas high overpressure at Site U1322 requires inflow from below: lateral flow in the underlying permeable aquifer provides one mechanism for these observations. High overpressure near the seafloor reduces slope stability and provides a mechanism for the large submarine landslides and low regional gradient (2°) offshore from the Mississippi delta.

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Additional Information: P.B. Flemings, H. Long, B. Dugan, J. Germaine, C.M. John, J.H. Behrmann, D. Sawyer, IODP Expedition 308 Scientists Erratum to "Pore pressure penetrometers document high overpressure near the seafloor where multiple submarine landslides have occurred on the continental slope, offshore Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico" [Earth and Planetary Science Letters 269/3-4 (2008) 309-32] Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume 274, Issues 1–2, 30 September 2008, Pages 269-283 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2008.06.027
Keywords: IODP Expedition 308; overpressure; slope stability; submarine landslide; penetrometer; shallow water flow
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-GDY Marine Geodynamics
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.epsl.2007.12.005
ISSN: 0012-821X
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Projects: IODP, Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2009 15:13
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 11:29
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/101

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