Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

1996

Abstract

Motivation for this study derives from a need to know more about processes governing sediment suspension within the shallow waters of the littoral zone (depths< 2m) in coastal estuaries. These are regions in which bottom sediment, in the absence of vegetative cover and depending on grain sizes present, has the potential to be actively eroded and entrained in the water column by wind waves and/or currents. Suspended sediment has the further potential to impact water quality and promote eutrophication through nutrient enrichment processes (Kemp et al., 1983; Orth and Moore, 1983). High sediment loadings also lead to light reduction in the photic zone which can impact the growth or survival of submerged aquatic vegetation (De Groot and de Jonge, 1990).

DOI

https://doi.org/10.25773/7wz4-nk44

Keywords

Suspended sediments -- Virginia -- York River, Estuarine sediments -- Virginia -- York River

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