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Submarine Rivers of Sediment

Turbidity currents move suspended sediment into the ocean. In general, the more sediment, the stronger the turbidity current, but one process may generate turbidity currents from very dilute rivers.

SOURCE: Geophysical Research Letters

Observations at the study site on consecutive days. The lower panel shows the mechanism of generating a turbidity current from a dilute plume. Turbidity maximum induced on the upper part of the slope generates weak downslope motion, which is amplified by erosion and produces a strong turbidity current. Credit: Hage et al. [2019], Figure 6a, top two panels

Marine turbidity currents can be generated by submarine landslides or by sediment load from rivers, both of which act to increase the density of water. This high-density water then propagates along the sea floor, powered by its own density anomaly.

The standard theory for river-induced turbidity currents is that a large sediment input from the river is required. Hage et al. [2019] turn that theory on its head. They demonstrate that turbidity currents can, in fact, be generated from rivers with a very small sediment load. The case is made with an incredibly detailed set of measurements which catch a short (6 minute) turbidity current in the act of forming and dissipating – even showing the change in sea floor bathymetry after the event. These results will lead to a re-evaluation of how and when turbidity currents form.

Citation: Hage, S., Cartigny, M. J. B., Sumner, E. J., Clare, M. A., Hughes Clarke, J. E., Talling, P. J., et al [2019]. Direct Monitoring Reveals Initiation of Turbidity Currents From Extremely Dilute River Plumes. Geophysical Research Letters, 46. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL084526

—Andrew M. Hogg, Editor, Geophysical Research Letters


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Space Science Institute

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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