Articles | Volume 14, issue 3
Research article
06 Mar 2023
Research article |  | 06 Mar 2023

Formation and geophysical character of transitional crust at the passive continental margin around Walvis Ridge, Namibia

Gesa Franz, Marion Jegen, Max Moorkamp, Christian Berndt, and Wolfgang Rabbel

Data sets

Magnetotelluric impedances of marine measurements conducted during Maria S. Merian cruise MSM17/1 and MSM17/2 in 2011, Walvis Ridge, Namibian Margin Jegen, M., Geissler, W. H., Ritter, O., and Weckmann, U.

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Short summary
Our study focuses on the correlation of two geophysical parameters (electrical resistivity and density) with geological units. We use this computer-aided correlation to improve interpretation of the Earth’s formation history along the Namibian coast and the associated formation of the South Atlantic Ocean. It helps to distinguish different types of sediment cover and varieties of oceanic crust, as well as to identify typical features associated with the breakup of continents.