Rate of sedimentation in Lake Kinneret, Israel: Spatial and temporal variations

Nir Koren, Micha Klein

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The rate of sedimentation in Lake Kinneret was measured over several years by means of sediment traps, in up to seven different locations in the lake. Gross sedimentation rates measured in the sediment traps vary from about 1·5 kg m-2 a-1 in the deepest part of the lake up to 10 kg m12 a-1 near the mouth of the upper Jordan river. The rate of sedimentation near the Jordan's inflow is highly correlated to flow discharge in the river, while in the centre of the lake seasonal sedimentation pattern is mainly correlated to the bloom period of Peridinium gatunense. During the bloom period of Peridinium gatunense sedimentation rates all over the lake are very similar, indicating that the Peridinium is evenly distributed in the lake. The average suspended sediment discharge of the upper Jordan river flowing into the lake is 41 000 ton a-1. Copyright (C) 2000 John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)895-904
Number of pages10
JournalEarth Surface Processes and Landforms
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2000


  • Israel
  • Lake Kinneret
  • Sediment trap
  • Sedimentation rates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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