Morphodynamique d'une dune sous-marine du détroit du Pas de Calais. Morphodynamics of an undersea sandwave of the Dover Straits

Deborah Idier, A. Ehrhold, T. Garlan

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This paper investigates the dynamics of sandwaves in relationship with tidal currents and weather conditions. The studied sandwaves are located in the Dover Straits and are covered by megaripples. These megaripples have migration speeds of and slopes of 34°, suggesting the potential for avalanches to occur along the flanks of the sandwave. Tidal cycles without reversing currents were observed during stormy weather. Wind-induced currents lead to a unidirectional migration of megaripples and sandwaves. Well-defined areas without megaripples were observed and correlated with an increase in sandwave height. We propose interpretations for understanding sandwave saturation and migration
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)1079-1085
JournalComptes rendus geoscience
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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