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Are, Felix; Grigoriev, Mikhail N; Hubberten, Hans-Wolfgang; Rachold, Volker; Razumov, Sergey O; Schneider, Waldemar (2002): Geometric parameters of shoreface profiles of Laptev Sea erosion coast (Table 1). PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Are, F et al. (2002): Comparative shoreface evolution along the Laptev Sea coast. Polarforschung, 70, 135-150, hdl:10013/epic.29866.d001

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Field investigations of the Laptev Sea shoreface morphology were carried out (1) off erosional shores composed of unconsolidated sediments, (2) off the modern delta shores of the Lena River, and (3) off rocky shores.
It was found that profiles off erosional shores had a concave shape. This shape is not well described by commonly applied power functions, a feature, which is in disagreement with the generally accepted concept of the equilibrium shape of shoreface profiles. The position of the lower shoreface boundary is determined by the elevation of the coastal lowland inundated during the last transgression (at -5 to -10 m) and may easily be recognized by a sharp, an order of magnitude decrease in the mean inclination of the sea floor. The mean shoreface inclination depends on sediment grain-size and ranges from 0.0022 to 0.033. The concave shape of the shoreface did not change substantially during the last 20-30 years, which indicates that shoreline retreat did not slow down and hence suggests continued intensive coastal erosion in the 21st century.
The underwater part of the Lena River delta extends up to 35 km offshore. Its upper part is formed by a shallow and up to 18-km wide bench, which reaches depths of 2-3 m along the outer edge. The evolution of the delta was irregular. Whereas some parts of the delta are advancing rapidly (58 m/year), other parts are eroding. Comparison of measured profiles with older bathymetric data gave an opportunity to evaluate the changes of the underwater delta over past decades. Bathymetric surveys of the seabed around the delta can thus contribute towards a quantification of the sediment budget of the river-sea system.
In addition, some sections of the Laptev Sea coast are composed of bedrock that has a comparatively low resistance to wave erosion. These sections may supply a considerable amount of sediment, especially if the cliffs are high. This source must therefore also be taken into account when assessing the contribution of shore erosion to the Laptev Sea sediment budget.
Median Latitude: 73.371113 * Median Longitude: 127.241093 * South-bound Latitude: 71.333300 * West-bound Longitude: 113.250000 * North-bound Latitude: 74.833300 * East-bound Longitude: 145.583300
#NameShort NameUnitPrincipal InvestigatorMethod/DeviceComment
3Lithology/composition/faciesLithologyAre, FelixVisual description
4Area/localityAreaAre, Felix
5InclinationIncldegAre, Felixsea floor inclination, shoreface upper part
6InclinationIncldegAre, Felixsea floor inclination, mean value
7InclinationIncldegAre, Felixsea floor inclination, beyond the shoreface
8Shoreface depthShorefacemAre, FelixMeasured
9WidthwmAre, Felixshoreface
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