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Paull, CK, Commeau RF, Curray JR, Neumann AC.  1991.  Seabed Measurements of Modern Corrosion Rates on the Florida Escarpment. Geo-Marine Letters. 11:16-22.   10.1007/bf02431050   AbstractWebsite

A mooring containing diverse carbonate and anhydrite substrates was exposed to bottom waters for 9 months at the base of the Florida Escarpment to determine the influence of dissolution on the development of this continental margin. Weight loss was measured on all samples. Etching, pitting, and loss of the original framework components were observed on substrates with known characteristics. Extrapolations of modern dissolution rates predict only about 1.6 meters of corrosion per million years. However, more rapid anhydrite dissolution, up to 1 km per million years, would cause exposed anhydrite beds to undercut and destabilize intercalated limestones.

Paull, CK, Hecker B, Commeau R, Freemanlynde RP, Neumann C, Corso WP, Golubic S, Hook JE, Sikes E, Curray J.  1984.  Biological Communities at the Florida Escarpment Resemble Hydrothermal Vent Taxa. Science. 226:965-967.   10.1126/science.226.4677.965   Website
Paull, CK, Twichell DC, Spiess FN, Curray JR.  1991.  Morphological Development of the Florida Escarpment - Observations on the Generation of Time Transgressive Unconformities in Carbonate Terrains. Marine Geology. 101:181-201.   10.1016/0025-3227(91)90070-k   AbstractWebsite

An unconformity of 100 m.yr magnitude continues to form on the western edge of the Florida-Bahama Platform, near 26-degrees-N, where distal Mississippi Fan sediments are progressively burying the Florida Escarpment. Multiple perspectives of the developing unconformity's morphology are revealed using available technologies including GLORIA images of the entire platform's edge, Seabeam bathymetric contours, and Deep-Tow's high resolution side-scan data calibrated with bottom photographs. The structure and stratigraphy of the buried escarpment and the associated unconformity are resolved by airgun, sparker, and Deep-Tow's 4 kHz seismic reflection data; we summarize the morphological data on the exposed part of the unconformity and the sedimentary deposits accumulating in the basin above the unconformity. The exposed cliff face is composed of a staircase of bedding-plane terraces which are developed along joint planes. The terraces extend 100-1000 m along the escarpment's face, and the intervening vertical walls are up to 100 m high. The jointed morphology of this Mesozoic limestone cliff apparently reflects erosional exposure of its interior anatomy rather than its accretionary shape. The change in slope between the platform face and the abyssal plain is very abrupt. In places along the contact between the escarpment and fan sediments, reduced chemical-charged brine seeps occur, which locally cause carbonate dissolution and precipitation, sulfide mineralization, and the deposition of a fossiliferous and organic carbon-rich lens associated with chemosynthetic communities. These seep deposits and escarpment-derived megabreccias intercalate with basinal sediments that overlie the unconformity. Because surface seismic reflection data do not produce images of the escarpment's face that closely reflect the exposed escarpment's morphology, they must also be of limited value in characterizing the surface of similar steeply dipping buried escarpments. Thus, the downslope extent of the heavily eroded platform edge is unclear.

Paull, CK, Spiess EN, Curray JR, Twitchell D.  1988.  Morphology of Florida Escarpment Chemosynthetic Brine Seep Community Sites - Deep-Tow, Seabeam, and Gloria Surveys. Aapg Bulletin-American Association of Petroleum Geologists. 72:233-233.
Paull, CK, Spiess FN, Curray JR, Twichell DC.  1990.  Origin of Florida Canyon and the Role of Spring Sapping on the Formation of Submarine Box Canyons. Geological Society of America Bulletin. 102:502-515.   10.1130/0016-7606(1990)102<0502:oofcat>;2   Website