Oceanography and sedimentation in the semi-enclosed, deep-water Gulf of Corinth (Greece)

S. Poulos, M. Collins, Charitha Pattiaratchi, A. Cramp, W. Gull, M. Tsimplis, G. Papatheodorou

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    Sedimentological and oceanographic characteristics in the Gulf of Corinth are examined, to define modern sedimentation processes over its central part; this is a restricted deep water body (depths >900 m), with a sill depth of 65 m.CTD data collected in May 1983 indicate the presence of a thermocline layer (0-60 m) associated with a rapid temperature decrease. This layer is separated from an almost uniform bottom water mass (>100 m) by a transitional zone (60-100 m), in which temperature decreases gradually with depth. The salinity remains almost constant (38.5+/-0.1 psu) throughout the whole of the water column. Dissolved oxygen levels vary from 1.9 to 2.6 ml/1; in water depths >600 m, these indicate the absence of anoxic conditions. Near-bed currents are
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)213-235
    JournalMarine Geology
    Issue number3-4
    Publication statusPublished - 1996


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