Story: Sea floor geology

Sediment plumes

Sediment plumes

Land is a major source of marine sediment. Rivers off the South Island’s east coast carry huge quantities of sediment out to sea, discharging the muddy plumes (aqua coloured) visible in this satellite image. Currents carry the material along the coast and deposit it on the sea floor. White areas are clouds.

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NASA Visible Earth, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
Reference: NewZealand_A2002097_2210_250m
Photograph by Jacques Descloitres

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Keith Lewis, Scott D. Nodder and Lionel Carter, 'Sea floor geology - New Zealand sea-floor sediment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5623/sediment-plumes (accessed 20 October 2021)

Story by Keith Lewis, Scott D. Nodder and Lionel Carter, published 12 Jun 2006