Recent Sediments and Sediment Transport in the Northern North Sea: Surface Sediments of the Skagerrak

  1. S.-D. Nio,
  2. R. T. E. Shüttenhelm and
  3. Tj. C. E. Van Weering
  1. Tjeerd C. E. Van Weering

Published Online: 29 JUN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303759.ch25

Holocene Marine Sedimentation in the North Sea Basin

Holocene Marine Sedimentation in the North Sea Basin

How to Cite

Van Weering, T. C. E. (1981) Recent Sediments and Sediment Transport in the Northern North Sea: Surface Sediments of the Skagerrak, in Holocene Marine Sedimentation in the North Sea Basin (eds S.-D. Nio, R. T. E. Shüttenhelm and Tj. C. E. Van Weering), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303759.ch25

Author Information

  1. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, P.O. Box 59, Texel, the Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JUN 2009
  2. Published Print: 23 DEC 1981

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632008582

Online ISBN: 9781444303759

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Keywords:

  • acoustically transparent layers;
  • presence of biogenic gas;
  • grain-size determinations;
  • bottom-currents in late Pleistocene or early Holocene;
  • Skagerrak - a belt of morainic sediments

Summary

Bottom sediments from the Skagerrak were collected on localities chosen on the basis of their acoustical characteristics. The grain-size distribution, lithology and clay mineralogy have been studied, as well as carbonate content and content of organic carbon. These data have been related to the present day current pattern. The Skagerrak obviously acts as a sink for recent sediments that are transported by traction currents along the bottom and in suspension, or by a combination of these. The main depot centres for very fine sand are situated north-west of Skagen and in the entrance of the Kattegat, whereas silt and clay-size materials are found in the deeper parts and off the Norwegian and Swedish coasts. Locally till-like sediments occur.