Transport and distribution of sediments along the Ligurian coast

O. Ferretti, I. Niccolai, S. Tucci, M. Setti, F. Immordino

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A study of the granulometric, mineralogical and chemical composition of surface sediments and suspended particulate matter in the coastal area between Varazze and Cape Noli (Ligurian Sea), provided useful information on transport and sedimentation processes in the area. Sediments samples from the shelf were highly heterogeneous, ranging from pelites to sands. Minerals typical of individual river basins were found close to river mouths, indicating a limited sediment transport along the coast. Chemical and textural characteristics of the suspended particulate matter indicated that the longshore sediment transport is influenced by the presence of a submarine canyon; material coming from the east, following the Ligurian current, is partially diverted offshore along the canyon axis. The coastline pattern, some harbor artifacts, and the peculiar morphology of the shelf are all factors controlling the direction of sediment transport. © 1992 Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17 - 32
Number of pages16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1992
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Pollution
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science

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Ferretti, O., Niccolai, I., Tucci, S., Setti, M., & Immordino, F. (1992). Transport and distribution of sediments along the Ligurian coast. Hydrobiologia, 235-236(1), 17 - 32.