Benthic Storms: Temporal Variability in a Deep-Ocean Nepheloid Layer

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Science  17 Jul 1981:
Vol. 213, Issue 4505, pp. 329-331
DOI: 10.1126/science.213.4505.329


Time series measurements of light scattering were made for 2½ months at 20 meters above the bottom in the western North Atlantic. The highest values recorded with the nephelometer exceeded all previous measurements worldwide. Rapid changes indicated a high degree of activity near the sea floor, and some increases may have been related to atmospheric storms.