Bathymetric and Oceanographic Survey of the Santa Lucia Bank (A Small Seamount in the Ligurian Sea)
SACLANT ASW RESEARCH CENTRE LA SPEZIA (ITALY)
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A bathymetric and oceanographic survey was made of the Santa Lucia Bank, a small seamount in the northeastern Ligurian Sea having a minimum depth of 125-130 m. A three-day observation of currents at its crest shows a steady average flow of about 23 cms to the west and west-south-west. Analysis of a grab sample of the debris on the bank showed that it was apparently the product of beach erosion and that the seamount had been uncovered within the past 7-8 million years. Many fish, observed on the echo sounder as strong individual and collective scatterers, were generally present around the crest of the seamount. The Bank appears to have valuable potential as a submerged platform near La Spezia on which to anchor ships and buoys to make seaair interaction, oceanographic, and acoustic observations.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography