Wetlands Ecology and Management

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 283–287

Settling of muddy marine snow

  • Takashi Asaeda
  • Eric Wolanski

DOI: 10.1023/A:1020348918829

Cite this article as:
Asaeda, T. & Wolanski, E. Wetlands Ecology and Management (2002) 10: 283. doi:10.1023/A:1020348918829


Muddy marine snowflakes initially settle faster than clean ones. Howeverthe strong circulation in the wake of a settling, muddy, marine snowflakeresults in the formation of a vortex ring and its subsequent rapid breakup intotwo or three smaller flakes. Their settling velocity is much smaller than thatof the original flake. Thus the addition of mud may actually slow down thesettling of marine snow in wetland-fringed coastal waters.

Flocculation Marine snow Settling Suspended sediment Vortex ring 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Takashi Asaeda
    • 1
  • Eric Wolanski
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Science & Human EngineeringSaitama UniversityJapan
  2. 2.Australian Institute of Marine ScienceTownsville MCAustralia

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