Size Distributions of Suspended Material in the Surface Waters of an Estuary as Measured by Laser Fraunhofer Diffraction

  • A. J. Bale
  • A. W. Morris
  • R. J. M. Howland


Heterogeneous processes, responsive to both the abundance and quality of suspended particles, are of major importance in the chemistry of estuarine waters (Burton and Liss, 1976). The low salinity region of an estuary is often an area of particularly high chemical and biological activity (Morris et al., 1978, 1982a) and high turbidity can be a major contributory factor (Morris et al., 1982b). Studies at IMER of the physical and chemical characteristics of estuarine suspended particulates are aimed at resolving the complex heterogenous chemical and biological interactions in estuaries. These studies are concentrated on the Tamar Estuary, southwest England, for which considerable information on the chemistry is available (Butler and Tibbits, 1972; Morris, 1978; Morris et al., 1978; Loring et al., 1981; Morris et al., 1982a, b, c; Readman et al., 1982).


Particle Size Distribution Suspended Particle Laser Diffraction Suspended Load Turbidity Maximum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. Bale
    • 1
  • A. W. Morris
    • 1
  • R. J. M. Howland
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Marine Environmental ResearchPlymouth, DevonUK

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