turbidity currentturbidity current
a current of highly turbid water carrying large amounts of suspended sediment that increase its density and cause it to flow downward through less dense water along the bottom slope of a sea or lake
A swift downhill current in water, air, or other fluid, triggered by the weight of suspended material such as silt in a current flowing down a continental shelf or snow in an avalanche.
(plural turbidity currents)
- (geology) A fast-flowing downhill current (of air or water) that carries silt