This is an evolving (and admittedly messy) page that is a collection of the coolest videos I have found of certain sedimentary processes.  I use them for visualization when teaching about sediment gravity flows, particularly the ones we can’t easily film (i.e. subaqueous density currents).  I plan to mature this list and provide blog posts about the videos in order to explain their utility in learning about sedimentary processes.  Enjoy!

First off, here is an animation of annual sediment flux to the world’s oceans.

Turbidity currents and their analogs:

ROV video footage of turbidity current, Eel Canyon, CA (link to paper)

Turbidity current made out of chocolate milk

Flow transformation and turbidity currents (start at 1:40)

How mud clasts are ripped up and entrained in a flow

Pyroclastic flow destroying trees, Santaiguito volcano, Guatemala

Pyroclastic flow, thermal image, Mt. Etna

Direct Numerical Simulation (with unstructured adaptive mesh)

Mass transport deposits:

Aerial view of debris flow, Mt Sulzer, Alaska (video) (blog post)

Landslide with large blocks crossing a road (link)

Landslide in Dagestan (landslide blog)

Route 168, Japan (animation and explanation)

Debris flow with lots of trees filmed from boat

The Pantai Remis landslide, Malaysia  (wiki page)

Slow moving landslide in Russia across road

Slo-Mo video with people for scale, Snake River Canyon, Wyoming

Aconcagua debris flow

Aconcagua debris flow 2

How it feels to be a clast in a debris flow

Rockfall sends boulder through building, Italy

Luckiest car in the world, Taiwan

Bank collapse of the Amazon River, Port of Manuas, Brazil

Classic debris flow in Clear Creek County, Colorado

Transitional flow in California neighborhood

Surging debris flow with levees, India

Illgraben, near Leuk, Switzerland (infamous spot for debris flow videos)

  1. Large blocks in debris flow, start at 0:40
  2. Classic, slow moving, ploughing debris flow
  3. Surges in concrete-like consistency debris flow
  4. Webpage describing a hike to visit Illgraben

Large debris apron in the Alps

 landslide on railroad tracks, Canada

meltwater debris flow on a steep slope in the French Alps

Other interesting videos:

Hypopycnal flow video from Matt Wells (@EFD_Toronto)

Basic description of turbidity currents and turbidites (IODP 354)

Granite dome exfoliation, Twain Harte Rock, CA

Bruce Heezen describing the 1929 Grand Banks turbidity current

Very basic description of a turbidity current

Charlie Paull talking about turbidity currents


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