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Transportation of Sand into Deep Water

Francis P. Shepard
Francis P. Shepard
University of California Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California
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January 01, 1951


Well-sorted sand in deep water2 has now been discovered in so many places that it can not be attributed to chance introduction. The nature of sand layers in between tvpical deep wlter deposits suggests rapid emplacement by some type of flow, presumably turbidity currents The sand appears to be carried seaward along the axes of submarine canyons, the currents being generated by landslides at the heads of the submarine canyons. No evidence has been found to indicate that these flows are capable of cutting the rock gorges of the canyons. To date artificial production of slides has been unsuccessful

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Turbidity Currents and the Transportaton of Coarse Sediments to Deep Water

J. L. Hough
J. L. Hough
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January 01, 1951




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