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P. Traykovski, J. Irish and J. Lynch's STRATAFORM RESEARCH

Part of the ONR sponsored STRATAFORM project was designed to study the processes that control continental margin stratigraphy. In particular a series of  observations were conducted on the Northern California continental shelf near the Eel river to examine flood deposits caused by winter storms.  With this in mind the WHOI Ocean  Acoustics Lab deployed several systems to observe sediment transport in the bottom boundary layer at the mud-sand transition in the winter of 1995-96, and over the entire water column on three positions on the STRATAFORM K-line in the winter of 1997-98.
The location of the 1995 and 1997 flood deposits is shown above (Data courtesy of R. Wheatcroft):
Here are some preliminary images from our 1995-96 Strataform deployment on the USGS Geoprobe tripod located at S50: Here is a picture showing the equipment we deployed in the winter of  1997-98  at the Strataform site.
The Moorings at K 20, 40, and 60, and tripods at K 20, and 60 were sucessfully recovered. Unfortunately the tripod at K40 was buried in mud and broken and thus could not be recovered.  Preliminary results should be available soon!

Other useful STRATAFORM links:

  •   Strata Formation on Margins Project Homepage

  •  Courtney Harris's Coastal Sediment Transport page



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    Created and Maintained by Peter Traykovski (last update: 2/28/96)