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Seepage meters and Bernoulli's revenge

January 1, 2002

Evaluation of seepage data from a network of 50 permanently deployed submarine seepage meters, specially constructed from fiberglass, indicates that the devices artificially advect (Bernoulli effect) shallow ground water. Reverse flow into the rock was not observed even when adjacent piezometers installed 2-m to 20-m below the rock-water interface indicated negative groundwater heads. Quantitative testing of five different designs, including conventional end-of-oil-drum designs, indicates that meters presenting positive relief on the sea floor are subject to the Bernoulli effect when placed in areas where there are waves and/or currents. Advection does not appear to be caused by flexing of the collection bags.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2002
Title Seepage meters and Bernoulli's revenge
DOI 10.1007/BF02696056
Authors E.A. Shinn, C. D. Reich, T.D. Hickey
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Estuaries
Index ID 70025011
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse