The geological evolution of America's eastern coasts
Passive margins, areas where continents have drifted apart and separated by an ocean, are major oil and gas sources and critical biodiversity hotspots. Sea level rise, increased storm intensity and sediment loss pose a threat to these settings whose evolution is poorly understood due to a lack of models that combine soil erosion with the laying down of sediment. The history of the Atlantic passive margin in the eastern United States, which involves the exposure of formerly buried rocks as a result of factors such as erosion, isn't fully clear. By developing a new model, the EU-funded STRATASCAPE project aims to address this challenge.