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Sediment transport in the Tanana River near Fairbanks, Alaska, 1980-81

Water-Resources Investigations Report 83-4064

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Abstract

Suspended-sediment- and bedload-transport rates for the Tanana River near Fairbanks, Alaska, can be related to water discharge. Annual sediment loads can be computed using these relations. For a site at Fairbanks, the annual loads in 1980 were 22.0 million metric tons of suspended sediment and 272,000 metric tons of bedload; in 1981, 27.3 million metric tons of suspended sediment and 333,000 metric tons of bedload passed the Fairbanks site. Data collected at five other locations within a 40 km reach of the river indicate very similar suspended-sediment transport relations, but bedload-transport relations vary from site to site and between 1980 and 1981. For all sites bedload is usually 1 to 1.5 percent of suspended-sediment load. Particle-size distribution for suspended sediment is similar at all six sites. Median particle size is generally in the silt range; only occasionally is it in the very fine sand range. Median particle size of bedload varied from the gravel range to the medium sand range for five of the six sampling sites in both years. At the sixth site, the most downstream location, median particle size of bedload was in the sand range. (USGS)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Sediment transport in the Tanana River near Fairbanks, Alaska, 1980-81
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
83-4064
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1983
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
vii, 122 p. :ill., map ;28 cm.