Accession Number : AD0618039

Title :   THE HYDROGRAPHY AND SEDIMENTS OF THE GULF OF DARIEN.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION MASS

Personal Author(s) : Zeigler,John M. ; Athearn,William D.

Report Date : JUN 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : Circulation in the Gulf of Darien at the juncture of Central America and South America is that of a typical estuary; fresh water flowing seaward over salt water which is moving landward. Details of the circulation seem to be complex, with faster flowing currents adjacent to the eastern coast; but variations in climate probably cause current distribution to change from season to season. Inasmuch as the Atrato River has been mentioned as a possible site for a new canal between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, it is of great interest that sedimentation seems to be much greater off the mouths of the southern distributaries than off the mouth of the northern channel at Playa Tarena. This indicates that the northern distributary may be easier to maintain as a canal. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*GULFS, COLOMBIA), (*INLAND WATERWAYS, FEASIBILITY STUDIES), (*HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEYING, COLOMBIA), (*ESTUARIES, COLOMBIA), OCEANOGRAPHY, SOUTH AMERICA, RIVERS, SEDIMENTATION, OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE