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Measurement and Correlation of Acoustic Reflection and Sediment Properties Off Panama City, Florida.
NAVAL COASTAL SYSTEMS LAB PANAMA CITY FLA
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Continuous fathometer echo measurements were made along a 1200-mile track in the Gulf of Mexico off Panama City, Florida. Bottom samples were taken at 160 locations in the 3500 square mile test area. The amplitude and length of the echoes at the 160 locations were compared with results of the laboratory measurements of various sediment parameters. The echo parameters are readily correlatable with sediment water content, porosity, and the fraction of silt- and clay-sized particles. The length of the echo is suggested as a good indicator of the grain size fraction. Author
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