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Sedimentary deposits from the 2001 Peru tsunami

September 2001 (approx.)

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.