Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
Earth Surf. Dynam., 7, 377–391, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-7-377-2019
Earth Surf. Dynam., 7, 377–391, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-7-377-2019

Research article 26 Apr 2019

Research article | 26 Apr 2019

Potential erosion capacity of gravity currents created by changing initial conditions

Jessica Zordan et al.

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AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (10 Jul 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (16 Oct 2018) by Daniel Parsons
RR by Octavio Sequeiros (30 Oct 2018)
RR by Chris Stevenson (29 Nov 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (12 Dec 2018) by Daniel Parsons
AR by Jessica Zordan on behalf of the Authors (07 Feb 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (15 Mar 2019) by Douglas Jerolmack
AR by Jessica Zordan on behalf of the Authors (29 Mar 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (13 Apr 2019) by Douglas Jerolmack
ED: Publish as is (13 Apr 2019) by Douglas Jerolmack(Editor)
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Short summary
The effect of buoyancy and bottom slope on the runout and entrainment capacity of experimentally reproduced saline gravity currents is studied. The shape of the current is modified due to the entrainment of ambient water, particularly within the body region. For steep slopes, two opposite mechanisms of mass exchange are identified: the current entrainment of water from the upper surface due to the enhanced friction at the interface and the head feeding by a rear-fed current.