Oct 15, 2015 – Underwater avalanches and turbidity currents carry huge amounts of sediment, organic material, and pollutants down submarine canyons and into the deep sea. Yet geologists know very little about how sediment moves during these events.
Mar 17, 2015 – Exploring the deep sea, and especially submarine canyons, is a risky business. The floors of many submarine canyons are scoured by fast-moving underwater avalanches known as “turbidity currents.”
Submarine canyons are considered to be a major conduit for sediment transport from the continent into the deep sea. Under the direction of Charlie Paull we have begun to study the canyon using multiple techniques used to understand these dynamic processes.
Research programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) encompass the entire ocean, from the surface waters to the deep seafloor, and from the coastal zone to the open sea. The need to understand the ocean in all its complexity and variability drives MBARI's research and development efforts.