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Flux of particulate inorganic matter through the Niger River into the Atlantic Ocean
Martins, O. (1988). Flux of particulate inorganic matter through the Niger River into the Atlantic Ocean. Neth. J. Sea Res. 22(2): 91-97
In: Netherlands Journal of Sea Research. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ): Groningen; Den Burg. ISSN 0077-7579, more
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  • Martins, O.

Abstract
    The solid load level in the Niger River proved to be subject to distinct seasonal variations, the highest concentration being attained well before peak river discharge. A total of 25.4x109 kg of sediment was flushed into the Atlantic through the drainage system in 1980-81, representing an upward review of a previous estimate stated in MARTINS (1982). The specific erosion rate then becomes 20.5·10³kg·km-2·y-1, the highest so far measured in Africa. The composition of the transported sediment reflects the chemical disintegration of silicate rocks predominant in the basin.

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