Dispersal Patterns of Pleistocene Sands on the North Atlantic Deep-Sea Floor

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Science  04 May 1962:
Vol. 136, Issue 3514, pp. 383-384
DOI: 10.1126/science.136.3514.383


Glauconitic, quartzose sands previously modified on the continental shelf from feldspathic glacial detritus were transported through submarine canyons onto the Hudson deep-sea fan, the Hatteras abyssal plain, and the western and central Sohm abyssal plain. These feldspar-poor, quartzose sands contrast with highly feldspathic sands derived directly from a glacial source and probably transported through the Newfoundland abyssal gap onto the eastern and southern Sohm abyssal plain.