Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Bedform Sedimentology Site: “Bedforms and Cross-Bedding in Animation”
FIG. 42a. Structures formed by bedforms with along-crest- migrating in-phase sinuosities. Fig. 42a (A) Rate of along-crest migration of sinuosities is equal to the rate of lateral migration of the main bedform. Fig. 42b (B) Rate of along-crest migration of sinuosities is approximately four times the rate of lateral migration of the main bedform.
RECOGNITION: These structures are most easily recognized in horizontal sections, because such sections display both the lateral migration of the bedforms and the along-crest displacement of the crestline sinuosities. Like other structures deposited by oblique bedforms, this structure has dip patterns in which cross-beds and bounding surfaces are asymmetrically distributed relative to the center of the plot and relative to each other. Note the divergence between the trough axes and the cross-bed dip directions.
ORIGIN: Deposition of these structures requires sinuous bedforms that are oblique to the resultant transport direction. An example of real bedforms with along-crest-migrating sinuosities is shown in Figure 70.