Measurements of diffusive sublayer thicknesses in the ocean by alabaster dissolution, and their implications for the measurements of benthic fluxes Academic Article uri icon


  • A simple method to compare flow levels consists of measurements of gypsum dissolution rates inside benthic chambers and on the sea floor. The measurement of the diffusion-controlled dissolution rate of gypsum allows the estimation of the diffusive sublayer thickness and the time-averaged bottom stress on the seafloor. This method had previously been intercalibrated with the stress sensor method in flumes and inside benthic chambers. We describe here free-vehicle deployments of alabaster plates on the bottom of the ocean which gave results consistent with hydrodynamic theory. -from Authors

published proceedings

  • Journal of Geophysical Research

author list (cited authors)

  • Santschi, P. H., Anderson, R. F., Fleisher, M. Q., & Bowles, W.

citation count

  • 57

complete list of authors

  • Santschi, Peter H||Anderson, Robert F||Fleisher, Martin Q||Bowles, Walter

publication date

  • June 1991