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Inflation of ponded, particulate laden density currents

Robert M. Dorrell, Marco Patacci and William D. McCaffrey
Inflation of ponded, particulate laden density currents
Journal of Sedimentary Research (November 2018) 88 (11): 1276-1282


Field-based, physical modeling and analytical research approaches currently suggest that topographically confined particle-laden density currents commonly inflate to produce suspension clouds that generate tabular and texturally homogeneous sedimentary deposits. Here, a novel three-dimensional theoretical model details a phase space of the criteria for inflation as a function of flow duration, basin size and geometry, total mass transport, sediment concentration, and particle grain size. It shows that under most circumstances cloud inflation is unlikely at real-world scales. Even where inflation is possible, inflation relative to initial flow height is small except for suspensions of silt or finer-grained sediment. Tabular deposits therefore either arise from processes other than flow ponding, or deposits in confined settings may be significantly more complex than are currently understood, due to processes of autogenic compensation and channelization, with associated implications for reservoir characterization in applied contexts. This study illustrates the potential of analytical flow modeling as a powerful complement to other research approaches.

ISSN: 1527-1404
EISSN: 1938-3681
Serial Title: Journal of Sedimentary Research
Serial Volume: 88
Serial Issue: 11
Title: Inflation of ponded, particulate laden density currents
Affiliation: University of Hull, Energy and Environment Institute, Hull, United Kingdom
Pages: 1276-1282
Published: 201811
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society for Sedimentary Geology, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 40
Accession Number: 2019-002263
Categories: Sedimentary petrology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 2 tables
Secondary Affiliation: University of Leeds, GBR, United Kingdom
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 2019
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