Abstract

Field observations from the marine realm indicate that turbidity currents are capable of transferring detritus considerable distances upslope onto bathymetric highs. Upslope deposition occurs because of the combined effects of flow thickness, tilting of the cross-flow surface slope, and a vertical shift in the flow's center of gravity. Numerical analysis and laboratory experiments indicate that the maximum run-up elevation of a subcritical turbidity current is approximately equal to 1.53 times the flow thickness.

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