contourite

contourite

[′kän‚tu̇‚rīt]
(oceanography)
A marine sediment deposited by swift ocean-bottom currents that generally flow along contours.
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This is an antidote, he says, to the current complacency-ridden interpretation of deep-water sands based on turbidite and contourite facies models.
Economic and palaeoceanographic significance of contourite deposits.
The first five papers are largely about the economic interest in contourites and include discussion of North Atlantic contourite sand channels, the Quaternary evolution of the countourite depositional system in the Gulf of Cadiz, and bottom-current reworked Paleocene-Eocene deep-water reservoirs of the Campos Basin of Brazil.