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Physical Model Investigation on the Mixing of Oil-Dispersed Substances in Mobile Bay Navigation Canal

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Auburn University


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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Physical Aspects Research

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Salinity currents within Mobile Bay are potential paths by which oil-related substances enter and spread, harming natural ecosystems. The average depth of Mobile Bay is very small, ranging between 3 and 4 meters, except at the shipping canal where the maintained depth is around 14 m. This navigation canal is about 50 km in a north-south direction and spans the mouth of Mobile River and the bay entrance, with an average width of about 130 meters.


Jose G. Vasconcelos
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