Observations of Some Sediment-Transport Processes over Intertidal Flats, the Wash, U.K.

  1. S.-D. Nio,
  2. R. T. E. Shüttenhelm and
  3. Tj. C. E. Van Weering
  1. M. B. Collins1,
  2. C. L. Amos2 and
  3. G. Evans3

Published Online: 29 JUN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303759.ch6

Holocene Marine Sedimentation in the North Sea Basin

Holocene Marine Sedimentation in the North Sea Basin

How to Cite

Collins, M. B., Amos, C. L. and Evans, G. (1981) Observations of Some Sediment-Transport Processes over Intertidal Flats, the Wash, U.K., 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.ch6

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Oceanography, University College of Swansea, Wales, UK

  2. 2

    Geological Survey of Canada, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Canada

  3. 3

    Department of Geology, Imperial College, London, UK

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:

  • intertidal flats of Wash;
  • creeks or mussel-banks occur locally;
  • vectorial resolution of velocity data;
  • variations of salinity and temperature over tidal inundation;
  • landward or oblique landward net transport of sediment

Summary

The intertidal flats of the Wash are areas of active present day sedimentation. The net flux of sediment is from seaward to landward. The decrease in grain size and the decrease in magnitude of the sedimentary structures faithfully record the decrease in tidal current speeds in the same direction. However, the directional properties preserved in the sediments do not clearly reflect the net movement of sediment and caution needs to be used in deducing the direction of net sediment transport from such features in ancient marine sequences.