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Geo-Marine Letters

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 17–22 | Cite as

A flood-dominated mesotidal inlet

  • Duncan M. FitzGerald
  • L. Kenneth Fink
  • Jonathan M. Lincoln
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Abstract

Tidal inlets along the mesotidal coast of Maine contrast with those from other parts of the world by being dominated by flood-tidal currents. Analysis of the factors responsible for flood or ebb dominance indicates factors external to the backbarrier environment. We suggest that the flood dominance is caused by both a steepening of the tidal wave in the Gulf of Maine and the shallow depth of the ebb-tidal delta and spit platform. Flood currents are typically 10–20 cm/sec stronger than the ebb at the inlet throat. The flood dominance results in a significant net landward transport of sediment into the backbarrier.

Keywords

Tidal Wave Inlet Channel Tidal Inlet Tidal Prism North Inlet 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Duncan M. FitzGerald
    • 1
    • 2
  • L. Kenneth Fink
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jonathan M. Lincoln
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeologyBoston UniversityBoston
  2. 2.University of MaineOrono

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