Hydraulics and Dynamics of New Corpus Christi Pass, Texas: A Case History, 1972-73.
TEXAS UNIV PORT ARANSAS MARINE SCIENCE INST
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In 1972, a 2-mile channel was dredged through Mustang Island, Texas, to increase water exchange and fish migration between Corpus Christi Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The pass initial adjustment to tides, waves, and other forces was measured the first year following the opening. Hydraulic and sedimentary effects of the pass were studied by obtaining detailed bathymetric, topographic, and hydraulic surveys of the pass and adjacent gulf beaches, daily wave observations provided information on the seasonal variability in wave height, period and direction. The pass was marginally stable during the first year, but the wide range of climatic conditions in the region will probably cause the pass to be stable in some years and unstable in others. Although the pass undoubtedly influences bay water within the immediate vicinity, no significant effect on flushing of Corpus Christi Bay resulted from the pass construction.
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
- Fluid Mechanics