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High-frequency sediment-level oscillations in the swash zone

January 1, 1984

Sediment-level oscillations with heights of about 6 cm and shore-normal lengths of order 10 m have been measured in the swash zone of a high-energy, coarse-sand beach. Crests of oscillations were shore parallel and continuous alongshore. The oscillations were of such low steepness (height-to-length ratio approximately 0.006) that they were difficult to detect visually. The period of oscillation ranged between 6 and 15 min and decreased landward across the swash zone. The sediment-level oscillations were progressive landward with an average migration rate in the middle to upper swash zone of 0.8 m min-1. Migration was caused mostly by erosion on the seaward flank of the crest of an oscillation during a period of net seaward sediment transport. Thus, the observed migration was a form migration landward rather than a migration involving net landward sediment transport. The observed sediment-level oscillations were different than sand waves or other swash-zone bedforms previously described. ?? 1984.

Publication Year 1984
Title High-frequency sediment-level oscillations in the swash zone
Authors A. H. Sallenger, B. M. Richmond
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Marine Geology
Index ID 70014009
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse