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Ciencias marinas

versión impresa ISSN 0185-3880

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CUEVAS, Eduardo et al. Morphological and sedimentological assessment of submarine dune fields on the coast of Yucatan, Mexico. Cienc. mar [online]. 2013, vol.39, n.1, pp.83-99. ISSN 0185-3880.  http://dx.doi.org/dx.doi.org/10.7773/cm.v39i1.2152.

Conspicuous sedimentary deposits forming well-structured and prominent submarine dunes are found on the coast of Yucatan (Mexico), close to the ports of Dzilam de Bravo, San Felipe, and El Cuyo. The objective of this study was to evaluate the morphological and sedimentological features of these submarine dunes. Sub-bottom seismologic profiles were obtained and standardized sedimentological analyses were performed on sediment samples collected at the three study sites. Both the height and wavelength of dunes were different between the three sites, mean heights ranging from 0.84 to 2.28 m and mean wavelengths from 98 to 330 m. Most of the dunes showed a well-marked asymmetry, which is related to the direction of their movements. Their granulometric composition was dominated by medium, moderately well-sorted sand. This study provides bases for future systematic monitoring of these peculiar ecosystems, including information to be considered for the evaluation of their ecological role in the marine system.

Palabras llave : dune field; dune morphology; sub-bottom profiles; sedimentology.

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