Drowned coastal features of the Rowley Shelf (NW Australia): Delving into the processes controlling the morphology and sediment variability of a tropical carbonate-dominated continental shelf

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Abstract

The thesis investigates an area of 350,000 km2 along the tropical, carbonate-dominated, North West
Shelf of Australia. The study is based on the integration and interpretation of high-resolution
bathymetry, high-resolution seismic data and geotechnical data, that were collected as part of the
project. The results indicate that the morphology of the modern continental shelf and the distribution
of coral reefs are controlled by the distribution of now submerged palaeoshorelines that have been
preserved through early cementation. The thesis then discusses how these results can be used to
better understand carbonate environments around the globe and to guide offshore engineering.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Wilson, Moyra, Supervisor
  • O'Leary, Mick, Supervisor
  • Gaudin, Christophe, Supervisor
  • Lang, Simon, Supervisor
  • Acharya, Shambhu Sagar Sharma, Supervisor, External person
Thesis sponsors
Award date4 Oct 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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