Sedimentary deposits from the 2001 Peru tsunami

Two photos showing cross-sections of sand and labeled with various features to show the structure of tsunami deposits.

Detailed Description

Top photo: Tsunami deposit (gray sand) overlying river sand (reddish sand) at Playa Jahuay. Tsunami deposit has 2 layers while river sand has multiple layers. Layering in both tsunami and river deposits may be defined by a heavy mineral lag.

Bottom photo: Tsunami deposit overlying beach sand at Playa la Chira. Tsunami sand is lighter gray color. Underlying beach sand is darker and contains feathers.


Image Dimensions: 500 x 614

Date Taken:

Location Taken: US