Did you hear?... Shallow streams winding through mountains carry more sediment than giant rivers

Shallow streams that wind through the mountains of New Zealand and Taiwan carry more sediment into the ocean than giant rivers like the Amazon or the Nile, according to a study by Ohio State University geologists.
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Shallow streams that wind through the mountains of New Zealand and Taiwan carry more sediment into the ocean than giant rivers like the Amazon or the Nile, according to a study by Ohio State University geologists. The finding means that even small, mountainous islands may have a big impact on the environmental condition of the world's oceans. The geologists found that rivers in Taiwan yield up to 75 times more sediment than the average river worldwide, and rivers in New Zealand yield up to 175 times more. "People who study sediments originally overlooked these small islands, because the volume of water they release into the oceans is correspondingly small," Carey Nezat said. "But the role of these islands in the ocean's geochemistry is important." To read more, go to: www.osu.edu/researchnews/archive/sediment.htm

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