Basal sand and gravel patches with separate indications of tidal current and storm-wave paths, near Plymouth
Flemming, N.C. and Stride, A.H. (1967) Basal sand and gravel patches with separate indications of tidal current and storm-wave paths, near Plymouth. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 47 (2). pp. 433-444.
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Diving observations and more wide-spread coverage by Asdic show that the late Holocene basal neritic deposits of the broad bay between The Lizard and Start Point are represented by three main facies whose character depends on the two bed-transport paths converging there. The sheet sands laid at the end of thepath with a good supply show a progressive geographical change in texture. On the other path, where sand is in short supply, there are elongated patches of somewhat coarser, well-sorted sand with 'silt' balls, alternating with shell-rich gravel patches. While the sand patches are laid out along the path of the strongest tidal currents, the ripple marks of the gravel can only be constructed by long waves from the Atlantic.
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