The Suwannee River Estuary: Cohesive Sedimentation

by Christopher J. Leadon,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85


Cohesive sediment dynamics as effected by salinity intrusion are described for the Suwannee River Estuary, a large estuary flowing over the very shallow limestone shelf of Florida's Big Bend coastline on the Gulf of Mexico. The pattern of cohesive sediments deposited as wide shallow mudflats in the estuary results from the inflowing transport of fine sediment particles by the large river discharges and the normally slow offshore sediment transport along the low energy coastline. This cohesive sedimentation process is relevant to the many coastal areas with estuarine resources effected by the salinity intrusion from artificial river discharge reductions and channel dredging.

Subject Headings: Sediment transport | Rivers and streams | Estuaries | Sediment | Shores | Coastal processes | Ecosystems | Water quality | Gulf of Mexico

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