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Nitrógeno y fósforo totales de los ríos tributarios al sistema lago de Maracaibo, Venezuela/ Total nitrogen and phosphorus from tributary rivers to the lake of Maracaibo system, Venezuela/ Nitrogênio e fósforo totais dos rios tributários ao sistema lago de Maracaibo, Venezuela

Rivas, Zulay; Sánchez, José; Troncone, Federico; Márquez, Rómulo; Ledo de Medina, Hilda; Colina, Marinela; Gutiérrez, Elizabeth
2009-05-01

Resumen en portugués Os nutrientes primários nitrogênio e fósforo são constituintes dos fertilizantes, detergentes e das descargas de águas residuais domésticas e industriais. Na Venezuela, essas descargas aos rios e ao Lago de Maracaibo causam enriquecimiento por nutrientes e minerais, originando uma eutrofização secundária nos rios ou nas aguas retidas nas desembocaduras. O Sistema Lago de Maracaibo é uma bacia de singular importância devido a seus recursos energéticos, biodiver (mas) sidade e grande número de organismos aquáticos, os quais representam um importante recurso econômico para o país. No entanto, as atividades agropecuárias, mineiras e industriais desenvolvidas na bacia têm modificado as características físicas, químicas e biológicas de suas águas e solos, originando um acelerado processo de eutrofização, bem como a aparição de densas populações de uma macrófita invasora aquática, causando impactos sociais, ambientais e econômicos. Foram avaliadas as sub-bacias dos rios Limón, Palmar, Santa Ana, Catatumbo, Escalante, Chama, Motatán, Misoa, Machango e Pueblo Viejo. 80% da água doce do Lago de Maracaibo é atribuída a estes rios, sendo que 60% da vazão provêm do Río Catatumbo. A quantidade média de nitrogênio e fósforo totais dos rios que drenam ao lago foi de 1,20 e 0,84mg·l-1 respectivamente, contribuindo significativamente com o processo de eutrofização. Da mesma forma, a expansão das fronteiras agrícolas tem provocado desflorestação, erosão e contaminação, afetando a paisagem e a disponibilidade de água, e produzindo o aumento dos nutrientes no Lago de Maracaibo. Resumen en español Los nutrientes primarios nitrógeno y fósforo son constituyentes de los fertilizantes, detergentes y de las descargas de aguas residuales domésticas e industriales. En Venezuela, esas descargas a los ríos y al Lago de Maracaibo causan enriquecimiento por nutrientes y minerales, originando una eutrofización secundaria en los ríos o en las aguas retenidas en las desembocaduras. El Sistema Lago de Maracaibo es una cuenca de singular importancia debido a sus recursos ene (mas) rgéticos, biodiversidad y gran número de organismos acuáticos, los cuales representan un importante recurso económico para el país. Sin embargo, las actividades agropecuarias, mineras e industriales desarrolladas en la cuenca han modificado las características físicas, químicas y biológicas de sus aguas y suelos, originando un acelerado proceso de eutrofización, así como la aparición de densas poblaciones de una macrófita invasora acuática, causando impactos sociales, ambientales y económicos. Fueron evaluadas las subcuencas de los ríos Limón, Palmar, Santa Ana, Catatumbo, Escalante, Chama, Motatán, Misoa, Machango y Pueblo Viejo. Estos aportan el 80% de agua dulce al Lago de Maracaibo, siendo que el Río Catatumbo aporta el 60% del caudal. El promedio de nitrógeno y fósforo totales de los ríos que drenan al lago fue 1,20 y 0,84mg·l-1, respectivamente, contribuyendo significativamente con el proceso de eutrofización. Así mismo, la expansión de las fronteras agrícolas ha provocado deforestación, erosión y contaminación, afectando el paisaje y la disponibilidad de agua, y produciendo un aumento de los nutrientes en el Lago de Maracaibo. Resumen en inglés Nitrogen and phosphorus are primary nutrients, common constituents of fertilizers, detergents, and domestic and industrial wastewater discharges. These unloadings to rivers and subsequently to Lake Maracaibo cause nutrient and mineral enrichment, producing a secondary eutrophication on rivers and detained waters at deltas. Lake Maracaibo system is a basin of extraordinary importance because of its energetic resources, biodiversity and the wide number of aquatic organisms, (mas) which represents an important economic source for the country. However, activities being developed on the basin such as agricultural, cattle raising, mining and industrials, have modified the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of both water and soil generating an accelerated eutrophication process, as well as, the appearance of dense populations of the aquatic weed Lemna obscura, generating social, environmental and economic impacts. The following river basins were evaluated: Limón, Palmar, Santa Ana, Catatumbo, Escalante, Chama, Motatán, Misoa, Machango and Pueblo Viejo. These rivers contribute with 80% of the freshwater to the Lake Maracaibo system, being the Catatumbo river contribution 60% of the volume. Total nitrogen and total phosphorus average of rivers that drain to the Lake, was 1.20 and 0.84 mgl-1, respectively, contributing significantly with the process of eutrophication, that combined with the expansion of the agricultural borders, have caused deforestation, erosion and contamination, altering landscape and water availability, as well as an important increase of nutrients in Lake Maracaibo.

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Evolución y cambios ambientales de la llanura costera de la cabecera del río de la Plata/ Evolution and environmental changes in the coastal plain of the headwater of Río de la Plata

Cavallotto, J.L.; Violante, R.A.; Colombo, F.
2005-06-01

Resumen en español La llanura costera y ámbitos vecinos ubicados en las cabeceras del río de la Plata, del sur de la provincia de Entre Ríos y el delta del Paraná, representan los ambientes más interiores afectados por la transgresión postglacial ocurrida durante el Pleistoceno superior-Holoceno que ingresó a través del río. Como tal, su evolución estuvo vinculada al contexto de todo el río de la Plata y fue el resultado del efecto combinado del ascenso y descenso relativo del ni (mas) vel del mar, la dinámica costera en esos primitivos ambientes litorales, los cambios climáticos y las características morfológicas del sustrato. El registro sedimentario está constituido por una secuencia formada por depósitos de carácter estuárico resultantes de la migración de un depocentro fangoso que acompañó al evento transgresivo, sobre el que se superponen depósitos de llanuras con cordones de playas y dunas, playas de baja energía y deltas evolucionados durante la regresión que llevó el nivel del mar a su posición actual. Los sedimentos, que conforman un cortejo transgresivo y uno de mar alto, forman parte de las secuencias que se extienden a lo largo de todo el río de la Plata. La evolución de la región se sintetiza en tres momentos. El primero se corresponde con la transición del máximo transgresivo a la subsiguiente regresión durante un período de temperaturas y humedad mayores a las actuales, cuando el depocentro fangoso alcanzó su posición más alta y se desarrollaron deltas menores en la desembocadura de ríos y arroyos, así como los primeros cordones de playas. El segundo ocurrió durante el predominio de condiciones más secas, cuando se interrumpió la progradación de los deltas mencionados, progradaron las playas estuáricas por deriva litoral y se desarrollaron médanos. El último momento transcurrió a partir del cambio hacia condiciones más húmedas semejante a las actuales, cuando por un incremento en los aportes fluviales del río Paraná se instaló el delta del Paraná aislando a los primitivos ambientes estuáricos interiores. Los estudios regionales apoyados en fechados radiocarbónicos revelan un sincronismo entre los eventos ocurridos entre la zona de estudio y las llanuras costeras del margen sur del río de la Plata. Resumen en inglés The coastal plains and surrounding areas in the south of Entre Ríos Province together with the Paraná delta represent the innermost environments of the Río de la Plata that were affected by the late Pleistocene-Holocene post-glacial transgression. Thus, they evolved in the context of the evolution of the entire Río de La Plata as a result of the combined effect of relative sea-level rise and fall, the coastal dynamic in the former littoral environments, climatic chang (mas) es and substrate topography. The sedimentary record consists of a sequence of estuarine deposits, resulting from migration of a muddy depocentre during the transgression, underlying deposits representing beach-ridges, plains, dunes, low-energy beaches and deltas that evolved during the regressive event. These sediments respectively constitute two system tracts, transgressive and highstand, which are part of the sequences extended all along the entire La Plata river. There were three evolutionary stages. The first corresponds to the transition from transgression to highstand during times of higher temperature and humidity than at present, when the estuarine depocenter that had previously invaded the La Plata river reached its innermost position; minor deltas developed at the mouths of small rivers and beach ridges systems began to form. The second represents the first part of the highstand when drier climatic conditions prevailed, resulting in the interruption of progradation of small deltas and replacement by estuarine beaches formed by littoral drift and formation of dunes. The last stage elapsed from the moment when climatic conditions became more humid as the present conditions developed, such that an increase in water supply from the Paraná river induced the formation of the Paraná delta and the consequent isolation of the former innermost estuarine and beach-ridges environments. Regional correlations supported by radiocarbon dating reveal a synchronism between geomorphological events and features in the study area and in the southern margin of the Río de La Plata.

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CARACTERIZACIÓN GEOMORFOLÓGICA DE LA LLANURA DELTAICA DEL RIO MAGDALENA CON ÉNFASIS EN EL SISTEMA LAGUNAR DE LA CIÉNAGA GRANDE DE SANTA MARTA, COLOMBIA/ GEOMORPHOLOGIC CHARACTERIZATION OF THE MAGDALENA RIVER DELTAIC PLAIN WITH EMPHASIS IN THE LAGOONAL SYSTEM OF THE CIÉNAGA GRANDE DE SANTA MARTA, COLOMBIA

Bemal, Gladys
1996-12-01

Resumen en español La llanura localizada entre el río Magdalena y la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta ha sido subdividida en cinco unidades geomorfológicas: llanura de inundación del río Magdalena; sistema lagunar del delta actual; sistema lagunar marginal; playa e isla barrera y llanura aluvial de piedemonte. Los rasgos que se presentan en cada una son producto de eventos específicos en el tiempo. El sistema lagunar marginal y su isla barrera conforman un esquema de laguna costera - barra (mas) - mar. La costa de Salamanca es dominada por olas y está sometida a procesos recesivos. El perfil generalizado de la isla comprende mar - playa - dunas - planicie vegetada - salar - planicie vegetada - bosque de mangle - laguna. El sistema lagunar marginal (que incluye la Ciénaga Grande) es fuertemente dependiente de la vegetación. Hacia el noroeste domina la desertificación y hacia el noreste (planicie aluvial de piedemonte) domina la progradación de deltas menores con el subsecuente crecimiento vegetal. Resumen en inglés The plain located between Magdalena river and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta has been divided into five geomorphic units: Magdalena floodplain; present delta lagoon system; marginal lagoon system; beach and barrier island and alluvial foothill plain. The features of each one are product of specific events in time. The marginal lagoon system and its barrier island conform a scheme of lagoon - barrier - sea. Salamanca shore is dominated by waves and is subjected to recession. (mas) A general cross section of the island includes sea-beach-dunes-plain with vegetation-salt pan-plain with vegetation-mangrove-lagoon. The marginal lagoon system (which includes Ciénaga Grande) is strongly dependent of vegetation. Toward northwest desertification is the dominant process and toward northeast (alluvial foothill plain) it's important the minor deltaic progradation with vegetal growth.

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Las Secuencias Depositacionales del Plioceno-Cuaternario en la Plataforma Submarina adyacente al Litoral del Este Bonaerense/ Pliocene-Quaternary depositional sequences of the continental shelf adjacent to eastern Buenos Aires Province, Argentina

Parker, Gerardo; Violante, Roberto A; Paterlini, C. Marcelo; Costa, Irundo P; Marcolini, Susana I; Cavallotto, José L
2008-12-01

Resumen en español Se describen las características sismoestratigráficas, sedimentológicas y morfológicas del sector de plataforma submarina adyacente al este bonaerense. El trabajo se basa en los resultados obtenidos durante el desarrollo de sucesivos proyectos destinados al estudio de la cubierta sedimentaria del Plioceno-Cuaternario y reciente, utilizando metodologías de relevamiento sísmico de reflexión de media a alta resolución y muestreos de sedimentos. El sector de plataform (mas) a estudiado constituye una típica plataforma submarina silicoclástica de margen pasivo, de gran extensión y suave relieve. Su configuración morfológica está caracterizada por relieves aterrazados con una cobertura sedimentaria de depósitos arenosos relicto a palimpsestos que resultaron del retrabajamiento de sistemas costeros de playas, barreras y lagunas litorales durante el retroceso de la línea de costa como consecuencia del ascenso del nivel del mar durante la transgresión postglacial, con una etapa final de remodelado parcial durante el descenso del nivel del mar del Holoceno superior. Se diferencian dos ámbitos, la plataforma interior ("Terraza Rioplatense", entre la línea de costa y los 30/40 m de profundidad) con geoformas ajustadas a la hidrodinámica actual, y la plataforma exterior (entre la isobata de 70 m y el borde exterior de la plataforma en transición al talud), con sedimentos relicto de poca movilidad; en ambas se hallan relieves pre-transgresivos labrados en depósitos marinos y continentales del Plio-Pleistoceno que afloran bajo la cubierta sedimentaria reciente. Un escalón abrupto de 30/40 m de desnivel separa ambas plataformas. La secuencia estratigráfica estudiada está constituida por seis Secuencias Depositacionales (SD 1 a SD 6 de techo a base) que representan paquetes sedimentarios separados por discordancias. La SD 6 constituye la base de la secuencia, y corresponde a depósitos marinos del Mioceno correlacionables con las unidades costeras conocida como "Paranense-Entrerriense-Chapadmalense". La SD 5 son depósitos marinos en transición a continentales equivalentes a la Fm Barranca de los Lobos del litoral marplatense y a la unidad conocida como "Fm Puelches Equivalente" del Plioceno. La SD 4 está caracterizada por sedimentos marinos correspondientes al denominado "Interensenadense" en el litoral bonaerense, de edad aproximada a los 2,41 Ma (Plioceno superior), y se reconocen en ella diversas sismofacies de ambientes marinos, costeros y continentales con una secuencia litológica granodecreciente hacia arriba. La SD 3, marina, tiene la particularidad de tener una distribución saltuaria, a diferencia de las restantes que se extienden de manera uniforme en toda la región, lo que demuestra la ocurrencia, con posterioridad a su depositación, de importantes procesos erosivos probablemente asociados a tectónica y/o glacioeustatismo. La SD 2 representa a los depósitos marinos-costeros formados durante el estadío isotópico 5e (120 ka), que en las llanuras costeras vecinas se lo conoce como "Belgranense", y está constituida por diversas facies entre las que se destacan barreras-lagunas litorales, playas y estuarios. La SD 1 es la cobertura superficial formada durante la transgresión postglacial en ambientes de barreras-lagunas costeras-estuarios. La secuencia integrada por las SD 5 a 1 representa a las transgresiones glacioeustáticas del Plioceno- Cuaternario, con diferentes grados de preservación en la plataforma y el Río de la Plata en virtud de variantes tectónicas y morfológicas. Existe la posibilidad de que no todas las transgresiones marinas ocurridas en la región hayan quedado preservadas en el registro geológico. Resumen en inglés The Argentina Continental Shelf (ACS) is one of the largest and smoothest silicoclastic shelves in the world, condition that resulted from its geotectonic setting in a passive margin adjacent to a continental region with very extended and low-lying coastal plains. As a consequence, Pliocene-Quaternary glacio-eustatic sea-level fluctuations have been very important in its modelling and sedimentary characteristics. The study area is located between 35 and 39º S, the wester (mas) n boundary is the coastline and the eastern boundary in around 55º W that includes the outer shelf border (Fig. 1). The research is based on middle to high-resolution seismic reflection surveys and bottom/ subbottom sampling (piston cores), carried out in the context of several projects that are part of the Framework Project "Reconocimiento Geológico Geofísico del Margen Continental". The information obtained during these projects, as well as the results coming from previous projects and bibliographic compilation, allowed to gather around 4.000 km of seismic lines, 1.200 bottom samples and 92 piston cores (Fig. 2). Morphology: The ACS shows two major features (Figs. 1 and 3): inner shelf (corresponds to Terrace I, Parker et al., 1997, 1999; Violante, 2005) and outer shelf (northern part of Terrace II, Parker et al., 1997; Violante, 2005). The inner shelf extends from the coastline (or the prodelta front in the de la Plata River outlet) to the 30/40 m isobath, and includes the "Rioplatense Terrace" (RT) which represents the surface that has been modelled during the postglacial transgression but not covered by the late Holocene coastal wedge that constitutes the coastal plains. Several lower-order features modelled by the postglacial transgressive and regressive events developed on the RT surface, as the de la Plata river delta, the linear shoals systems and the La Plata Bank (Fig. 1). On the other hand, relict features composed of semiconsolidated plio-pleistocene sediments as Punta Piedras-Alto Marítimo and Restinga de los Pescadores, are significant elements in the inner shelf morphology. The outer shelf is separated from the inner shelf by a high-gradient step between 40-80 m depth (outer border of RT), which becomes, south and southeast Mar del Plata, of lower relief with a rough surface cut by transverse channels and depressions. Further east from the 80 m contourline, the outer shelf can be subdivided in two sectors: north of Querandí lighthouse it is uniformly dipping towards the shelf border, whereas in the southern part it shows a western depression (90 m depth) closer to the outer border of RT, and a eastern shoal-like elevation (75/80 m depth) near the shelf-slope transition (Fig. 3). Sedimentology: The ACS is a silicoclastic shelf where sediment characteristics and distribution are the result of dynamic, oceanographic and climatic factors. The shelf surface is covered by a relict to palimpsestic terrigenous sandy mantle which is the remnant of reworking of the deposits that constituted ancient coastal environments (barriers, coastal lagoons, estuaries) during the coastline retreat that occurred as a result of the postglacial transgressive event as well as during the sediment redistribution during the late Holocene regressive event (Urien and Ewing, 1974; Parker and Violante, 1982; Parker et al., 1999; Violante and Parker, 2000, 2004). The sandy mantle constitutes in the inner shelf a "shoal retreat massif" (in the sense of Swift, 1976) partially reworked in linear shoals systems; outcrops of the underlying plio-pleistocene substratum - partially covered by a discontinuous sheet of pebbles composed of rock fragments and caliche, beach rocks (coquinas) and sand- are common in some parts of the inner shelf. On the other hand, the outer shelf is mainly characterized by outcrops of the same substratum with minor patches of post-transgressive relict sands with a shoal-like morphology (Fig. 4). Sediment dynamic: Coastal dynamic that influenced Holocene and recent sedimentation is the result of three main sediment transport pathways: a) from the south and southeast as a consequence of the dominant oceanic circulation, that brings the relict sands stored on the shelf surface towards the coastal system, b) the regional northwards littoral transport (coastal currents) parallel to the coastline, although local inversions in the general circulation (littoral cells) are evident in the geological record, as in the Mar Chiquita Lagoon area; this transport redistributes along the coast both the shelf sands and the products of coastal erosion, c) The southwards transport of fine (muddy) sediments from the de la Plata River. Stratigraphy: The Neogene stratigraphy was defined by the application of the seismic stratigraphic method following de concepts of Mitchum et al. (1977). Six Depositional Sequences (named SD 1 to 6 from top to bottom) bounded by major seismic reflectors identified by their seismic attributes (amplitude, frequency and continuity) were recognized (Figs. 4 and 5). SD 6 (base of the sequence): corresponds to marine deposits correlated with the Miocene-Pliocene sediments known as "Paranense-Entrerriense-Chapadmalense" in the adjacent coastal areas (Parker et al., 1994, 2005). SD 5: it has seismic and sedimentological characteristics that indicate marine facies at sea changing to nearshore and fluvial facies towards the coast, and is correlated with the upper Pliocene Barranca de los Lobos Fm as well as with the Puelches Equivalente Fm defined by Yrigoyen (1975) and Parker et al. (1994). SD 4: this unit is broadly extended on the shelf with diverse seismic and litho-facies of marine, nearshore, sublittoral, low-energy coastal and continental environments, with an upwards decreasing grain-size sequence; SD 4 is equivalent to the unit known as "Interensenadense" in the adjacent coastal plains and has an upper Pliocene (2.41 Ma) age. SD 3: it is also marine/littoral and has a unique characteristic given by its discontinuous distribution in the nearshore and coastal regions as well as in some places of the shelf (Figs. 4 and 6) as a consequence of deep post-depositional erosive processes probably produced by intensification of tectonic and/ or glacioisostatic adjustments. SD 2: this unit has again a broad regional distribution, and shows different facies that represent diverse nearshore, coastal and continental environments with the particular characteristic of having been deposited as extensive barriers-coastal lagoon systems (Parker et al., 1999; Violante, 2003); it is correlated with the unit known as "Belgranense" in the adjacent coastal areas, and corresponds to the isotopic stage 5e (120 ka). SD 1: represents the uppermost sedimentary sequence formed during the last postglacial transgressive event; it is constituted by a lower transgressive system tract with different environments such as barriers/lagoons systems and estuaries, and an upper highstand system tract with regressive coastal plains, deltas and a mantle of palimpsestic and relict sands formed by reworking of the previous transgressive deposits; in most of the inner shelf surface their deposits are adjusted to the present hydrodynamic conditions (Urien and Ewing, 1974; Parker et al., 1982). Conclusive remarks: The following conclusions can be highlighted: 1) Major geomorphological features are the inner and outer shelf, which correspond to two topographically and sedimentologically different terraces separated by a step. The upper terrace (inner shelf) is a significant feature in the region which is named "Rioplatense Terrace". 2) From the sedimentological point of view, the shelf is silicoclastic; surface deposits resulted from the postglacial transgressive-regressive event. The main difference between the inner and outer shelf is given by the predominance of palimpsestic deposits in the first one and relict deposits with outcrops of the underlying Pliocene-Pleistocene substratum in the second one. 3) The Neogene stratigraphy is defined by seismicstratigraphic units representing Depositional Sequences (SD), which have been characterized on the basis of their seismic and lithological aspects and correlated with geological units known in the adjacent coastal regions. In this way it was described an uppermost, postglacial unit, followed below by a sequence of three transgressiveregressive units equivalent to the "Pampean" (Plio-Pleistocene) deposits, then a underlying unit corresponding to the "Puelches" (upper Pliocene) sands and finally the basal unit correlated with the "Paranense-Entrerriense- Chapadmalense" (Miocene-Pliocene) sequence. 4) Each SD shows a vertical sequence grading from marine (in the base) to continental (in the top) deposits in an upward decreasing grain-size distribution, therefore representing an individual and complete transgressive-regressive event. 5) The different degree of preservation of the SD in the shelf and the de la Plata River not only indicates different tectonic-glacioisostatic behaviours between both regions, but also determines the possibility that other transgressive events than those preserved in the shelf could have occurred but later completely eroded without leaving any record of their deposition.

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Geomorfología y dinámica del Canal San Blas, provincia de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Cuadrado, Diana G.; Gómez, Eduardo A.
2010-07-01

Resumen en español Se estudió la geomorfología submarina y se efectuaron mediciones de corrientes de marea en el canal San Blas para determinar la dinámica sedimentaria actual. Se relevó un sector del fondo del canal con el sistema batimétrico GeoSwath para describir exhaustivamente la morfología de un campo de dunas. Su asimetría permite inferir un transporte residual del material del fondo hacia el interior de la Bahía Anegada sobre el veril NE del canal. Se realizó un estudio de (mas) la dinámica de las corrientes de marea, determinándose sus velocidades y direcciones durante un ciclo completo de marea en toda la columna de agua y a lo largo de un perfil transversal a la costa mediante un ADCP. A pesar que el ambiente corresponde a un régimen micromareal (rango de marea alrededor de 2 m), en el canal San Blas existen fuertes corrientes de marea que desde el sector medio transportan todo el material inconsolidado del fondo, formando un delta de reflujo en la boca externa del canal y un delta de flujo en la Bahía Anegada. Se reconocieron diferentes geoformas costeras que permiten inferir un transporte litoral hacia el exterior del canal sobre la costa sur del mismo. Basándose en sus características morfodinámicas, es posible definir el canal San Blas como una entrada de marea que conecta el mar abierto con la Bahía Anegada. Resumen en inglés The Bahía Anegada is the coastal zone of the southern part of Buenos Aires Province (Argentina), where several environments are recognized: islands, inlets, marshes, tidal plains and different types of beaches. The Bahía San Blas is located at the southern part of the Bahía Anegada, where the San Blas channel separates the mainland from an island (Fig. 1). The San Blas channel is 2.5 km wide and 12 km long. The study area has a tidal amplitude characterized by a mean o (mas) f 1.62 m, being 2.20 and 0.58 m the high and low tide respectively. The present study shows the results of a bathymetric survey of the San Blas channel and an analysis of the behavior of the tidal currents that affect sediment transport and promote the generation of different bedforms. The aim of this study was to analyze the submarine geomorphology related to the dynamic conditions in order to characterize in detail the sedimentary conditions in this area. A detailed bathymetric study was conducted over a zone of 50 km², covering the San Blas channel, through a digital echosounder Bathy-500 positioned by DGPS operating in real time. Fifteen transversal tracks and three longitudinal tracks were made at the San Blas channel in order to obtain the necessary bathymetric profiles to make a bathymetric chart of the area. Over a zone of 1.5 km², characterized by a field of subaqueous dunes, a Phase Measuring Bathymetric System (FMBS), called swath bathymetry system "GeoSwath Plus" from GeoAcoustics Lt. (UK), was employed in order to determine the detailed dune morphology. This survey yielded details and disposition of the bedforms present on the channel bed with centimetric precision. Bottom sediment samples were collected and tidal currents were measured using an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) mounted on a ship. The tidal currents were measured during a whole tidal cycle, obtaining the distribution of velocity and direction over the water column, on a track carried out transversally to the channel. These values were computed with the associated WinRiver software. The entire field work (bathymetry, sampling, FMBS and ADCP) was performed with the 6.5 m long boat IADO IV. The coastal features display geomorphological differences in response to a changing dynamic regimen along the channel (Fig. 2). Remarkable morphological and textural differences occur along the coast. Close to the mouth, a dissipative beach, with medium sand and a gentle slope is present. Mobile coastal dunes are common crowning the beach. Nearly the central part, the beach is steeper and composed of gravels developing then a reflective beach. Towards the north, in the inner part of the Bahía Anegada (north of Punta Ramirez), wave-cut platforms and marshes covered with Spartina alterniflora appear, sheltered by cliffs formed by deposits from the Río Negro Formation. The bathymetric map allows distinguishing the existence of significant changes in the morphology throughout the San Blas channel. Based on these differences, the area was divided into 4 zones (Fig. 3), each one with distinctive profiles (Fig. 4). Zones I and II are characterized by a 28 m-depth flat bottom, free of unconsolidated sediments and with steep flanks. These features allow establishing an analogy with a tidal throat. A subaqueous dune field, covering an area of more than 1.5 km², was found in Zone III. Zone IV is a shallow area where sand bars are exposed during low tide. The dune field was characterized by large dunes, with spacing between 40-80 m and heights of 2.5 m, identified at 21 m depth (Fig. 5). Higher dunes occur in deeper zones, reaching values of 4.5-5 m height at around 24 m depths. Most of the subaqueous dunes located on the southern portion of the dune field exhibit a symmetrical cross section and are covered by smaller bedforms of 0.3-1 m high and 0.7 to 0.9 m of spacing. On the other hand, dunes located on the northern side of the field are asymmetrical, with the steeper side towards the inner part of the channel. The mean grain size in the field dune is between medium and coarse sand (1.8 a 0.28 phi) that is in equilibrium with the strong velocities of tidal currents. The results obtained from the current measurements over a tidal cycle show that maximum velocities measured in the San Blas channel reached 2 m s-1 during flood and 1.8 m s-1 during ebb (Fig. 6). The maximum velocities of the flood currents were attained mainly on the northern flank and central part of the channel almost reaching the bottom. On the other hand, the maximum velocities of the ebb currents were found on the deepest site of the profile, on the southern flank, from mid-water up to the surface. At both ends of the channel, sand accumulates due to the reduction in the carrying capacity which leads to the formation of an ebb and a flood tidal deltas. The sand bars exposed in low tide in the inward shallow part in the Anegada Bay is the tidal flood delta formed by the loss in the sediment transport capacity caused by the widening of the channel section. This unconsolidated granular sediment is available to be transported by the tidal currents. Towards the outer part of the channel, the bathymetric map shows shallower depths while nautical charts confirm the presence of submarine bars at the entrance of the San Blas channel (Fig. 7). These bars might be evidence of the occurrence of an ebb tidal delta. The present study allowed concluding that the San Blas channel is a narrow strait between the mainland and an island, connecting the Anegada Bay with the outer sea and showing different submarine topography. Towards the mouth, the channel presents a flat bottom over 80% of its width, showing a U shape. The bottom is free of unconsolidated sediments due to the strong currents that wash away any loose material. The submarine topography of the San Blas channel corresponds very well with the tidal inlet significance.

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Use of chemometric and geostatistical methods to evaluate pesticide pollution in the irrigation and drainage channels of the Ebro river delta during the rice-growing season

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The sea-floor morphology of a Mediterranean shelf fed by small rivers, northern Alboran Sea margin

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The combined use of chemical and biochemical markers to assess water quality along the Ebro River

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The Plio-Quaternary Magdalena Turbidite System

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Organic contaminant loads into the Western Mediterranean Sea: Estimate of Ebro River inputs

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Natural and anthropogenic effects on the sediment geochemistry of Nestos river, Northern Greece

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Mediterranean water resources in a global change scenario

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Litterfall production in forests located at the Pre-delta areaof the Paraná River (Argentina)

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Litterfall production in forests located at the Pre-delta area of the Paraná River (Argentina)

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High-resolution architecture of late Holocene highstand prodeltaic deposits from southern Spain: the imprint of high-frequency climatic and relative sea-level changes.

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Hidrogeología del delta del Río Adra

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Decabrominated diphenyl ether in river fish and sediment samples collected downstream an industrial park

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Contaminants orgànics persistents a la conca mediterrània. El cas del delta de l’Ebre

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Combined use of biomarkers and in situ bioassays in Daphnia magna to monitor environmental hazards of pesticides in the field

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Blood biomarkers and contaminant levels in feathers and eggs to assess environmental hazards in heron nestlings from impacted sites in Ebro basin (NE Spain)

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Aplicación de la teledetección en la estimación de las emisiones extraordinarias de CO2 por quemas de áreas insulares en el complejo litoral de Río Paraná (R. Argentina)

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