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Sediment Transport and Deposition

Sediment Transport and Deposition

This document provides an overview of the transport and deposition of sediments in an estuarine environment. Since the estuary is the meeting ground of the forces of the river current and the tidal forces of the sea, conditions are always changing and are also affected by the weather and the tides. The discussion includes how rivers with faster currents can transport larger sediment particles, how only increasingly smaller sediment particles can remain suspended in the water as current slows, and how salt water which is encountered as the river meets the sea can cause the tiny silt particles to flocculate and "rain" out of the water.


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