The main goal of this cruise is to study a number of parallel, linear bedforms on the seafloor that were recently discovered in the Dover Strait. The bedforms have a ENE-WSW alignment, are generally up to 30 m wide with amplitudes ranging between 0.5 and 1.2 m, and up to several km long. However, the origin of these bedforms remains highly enigmatic. The recent interpretation is based on 1.5 m bin-size bathymetric data. With this cruise we plan to obtain new geophysical, optical and geological data. This should allow to unravel the mystery regarding the origin of these seafloor features.
David Garcia Moreno (University of Ghent Renard Centre of Marine Geology)