A tsunami is a series of three to four seismic waves that form as gravity equalizes a significant amount of oceanic water that was displaced by a natural disturbance, such as a seaquake or marine or continental landslide. Though a tsunami’s peak wave may occur at any point in the series (Bryant, 2001), all waves within a tsunami wave series have common characteristics.
Turbidity currents are a mechanism involved with transporting vast quantities of shallow-water sediments to the abyssal depths. A turbidity current is a type of density current, where gravity acts upon the differences in density between fluids (Kneller, 2000). Kneller and Buckee’s journal article does good job defining what a turbidity current is. In terms of turbidity currents, the density difference is attributed to the suspension of sediments due to fluid turbulence.
The Coriolis Effect is the perceived motion of an object outside a rotating reference frame to an observer in the reference frame. In other words, an object, in this case a fluid in our environment such as air or water, changes its motion in a way inexplicable to a person viewing it on the earth’s surface.