Suspended Matter and the Stability of the Water Column: Central Caribbean Sea

  • N. Jay Bassin
Part of the Marine Science book series (MR, volume 4)


Total suspended matter, TSM, was measured in the water column at 4 stations in the central Caribbean Sea in relationship to the vertical profile of static stability. It is postulated that the several TSM maxima at depth are associated with zones of low turbulence, and the near-bottom nepheloid layer observed in many areas of the world ocean is a function of a near-bottom density increase coupled with a bottom shear capable of suspending fine sediment. The absence of one or both of these criteria explains the reported lack of a nepheloid layer in the Caribbean.


Water Column Suspended Matter Total Suspended Matter Laminar Layer Density Interface 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1974

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  • N. Jay Bassin
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  1. 1.Texas A & M UniversityUSA

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