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The shaping of continental slopes by internal tides

January 1, 2002

The angles of energy propagation of semidiurnal internal tides may determine the average gradient of continental slopes in ocean basins (???2 to 4 degrees). Intensification of near-bottom water velocities and bottom shear stresses caused by reflection of semi-diurnal internal tides affects sedimentation patterns and bottom gradients, as indicated by recent studies of continental slopes off northern California and New Jersey. Estimates of bottom shear velocities caused by semi-diurnal internal tides are high enough to inhibit deposition of fine-grained sediment onto the slopes.

Publication Year 2002
Title The shaping of continental slopes by internal tides
DOI 10.1126/science.1069803
Authors D. A. Cacchione, Lincoln F. Pratson, A.S. Ogston
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Science
Index ID 70024742
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse