Garcia, Marcelo H. Department of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.
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A flow of water laden with sediment that moves downslope in an otherwise still body of water. The driving force of a turbidity current is obtained from the sediment, which renders the turbid water heavier than the clear water above. Turbidity currents occur in oceans, lakes, and reservoirs. They may be triggered by the direct inflow of turbid water, by wave action, by subaqueous slumps, or by anthropogenic activities such as dumping of mining tailings and dredging operations.
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