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turbidity current Syllabification: tur·bid·i·ty cur·rent
Pronunciation: /tərˈbidədē ˌkərənt/

Definition of turbidity current in English:


An underwater current flowing swiftly downslope owing to the weight of sediment it carries.
Example sentences
  • Shepard was a member of the team which attempted to generate a turbidity current at the head of the Scripps Submarine Canyon.
  • High-density volcaniclastic turbidity current deposits locally dominate the base of the succession and indicate steep slope gradients.
  • Individual beds are well graded and show sedimentary structures indicative of deposition by turbidity currents.
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