CiteWeb id: 20150000029

CiteWeb score: 3079

DOI: 10.1086/628741

New data and new estimates from old data show that rivers with large sediment loads (annual discharges greater than about $15 \times 10^{6}$ tons) contribute about $7 \times 10^{9}$ tons of suspended sediment to the ocean yearly. Extrapolating available data for all drainage basins, the total suspended sediment delivered by all rivers to the oceans is about $13.5 \times 10^{9}$ tons annually; bedload and flood discharges may account for an additional $1-2 \times 10^{9}$ tons. About 70% of this total is derived from southern Asia and the larger islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, where sediment yields are much greater than for other drainage basins.