Bottom current measurements in the head of Monterey submarine canyon
Gatje, Peter H.
Pizinger, Donald D.
Thompson, Warren C.
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Bottom current measurements were taken in the head of Monterey Submarine Canyon in a water depth of 130 meters (72 fathoms) utilizing an Ekman current meter placed 480 centimeters (15. 7 feet) above the bottom. Currents were observed to follow the canyon axes, and flow was seaward (down-canyon) on the rising tide and coastward (up-canyon) on the falling tide. Current speed was sometimes fairly steady and other times variable. It ranged between and 41 centimeters per second (0 to 0.8 knot) and had a median speed of 10 cm/sec (0.2 knot). The six hours f centered around low tide generally had considerably stronger currents than the similar period of time centered around high tide.
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