Geo-Marine Environment and Sediment Properties of the Modern Yellow River Delta

  • Yonggang JiaEmail author
  • Xiaolei Liu
  • Shaotong Zhang
  • Hongxian Shan
  • Jiewen Zheng
Part of the Springer Oceanography book series (SPRINGEROCEAN)


In this chapter, the geological background and marine dynamics are reviewed. Such information is important for the research works of this book. River channel evolution history, topography and geomorphology, marine dynamics, bottom sediment types, and the properties of shallow layer sediments of the modern Yellow River Delta is introduced in sequence. Among them, topography and geomorphology, marine dynamics, and bottom sediment types are key factors controlling erosion and resuspension process, and properties of shallow layer sediments are often critical in seabed sediment dynamic response to waves.


  1. Chen JQ, Li XJ, Yang JR et al (2009) Analysis on the reclamation of Xinkou gate in Yellow River between 1996 to 2007 31(3): 101–102Google Scholar
  2. Chen SL, Zhang GA, Gu GC (2004) Mechanism of heavy coastal erosion on Yellow River delta and its countermeasures. J Hydraulic Eng 7:1–6Google Scholar
  3. Chen SL, Gu GC, Wu SY (2007) Storm surge disasters on the Yellow River delta and countermeasures. Geogr Geo-Inf Sci 23(3):100–112Google Scholar
  4. Cheng GD, Xue CT (1997) Sedimentary geology of the yellow river delta. Geology Publishing House, BeijingGoogle Scholar
  5. Chu ZX, Sun XG, Zhai SK et al (2006) Changing pattern of accretion/erosion of the modern Yellow River (Huanghe) subaerial delta, China: Based on remote sensing images. Mar Geol 227(1):13–30CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Ding D, Dong W (1988) A preliminary study on the erosion of the modern Huanghe River delta. Mar Geol Quat Geol 8(3):53–60Google Scholar
  7. Dong NH, Wang GY (1997) Residual current analysis of the Yellow River mouth area in Bohai gulf. J Ocean Huanghai Bohai Seas 15(1):64–69Google Scholar
  8. Fan H, Huang HJ, Thomas QZ et al (2006) River mouth bar formation, riverbed aggradation and channel migration in the modern Huanghe (Yellow) River delta, China. Geomorphology 74:124–136CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Feng XL, Qi HS, Wang T, et al (2004) Geomorphological evolution and geological disasters analysis in Chengdao sea area of the Yellow River delta. Rock Soil Mech 25(supp): 17–20Google Scholar
  10. Feng XL, Lin L, Zhuang ZY (1999) Relationship between geotechnical engineering parameters and sedimentary environment of the modern Yellow River underwater delta since the Holocene [J]. Coast Eng 4:1–7Google Scholar
  11. Geng XS, Zhang QN, Fu MZ et al (1988) Quantitative analysis and evaluation on the erosion and deposition of Haigang in Yellow River mouth. Acta Oceanol Sin 10(6):712–719Google Scholar
  12. Huang HJ, Fan H (2004) Monitoring changes of nearshore zones in the Huanghe (Yellow River) delta since 1976. Ocean Limnol Sin 35(4):306–314Google Scholar
  13. Huang HJ, Le KT, Li F (2005) Interaction between Yellow River delta and Bohai and Huanghai sea. Science Press, BeijingGoogle Scholar
  14. Jiang MX, Yang FD, Huo RJ et al (2004) On the evolution of the Huanghe River delta and its relation to the riverway and sand entering the sea. Trans Ocean Limnol 3:6–15Google Scholar
  15. Jia YG, Shan HX, Yang XJ et al (2011) Sediment dynamics and geologic hazards in the Estuary of Yellow River. Science Press, Beijing, ChinaGoogle Scholar
  16. Li AL, Li GX, Cao LH et al (2004) The coast erosion and evolution of abandoned lobe of the Yellow River delta. Acta Geogr Sin 59(5):731–737Google Scholar
  17. Li Y, Mehta AJ (1997) Mud fluidization by water waves. Cohesive sediments, Wiley, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  18. Li ZG (1984) Analysis of tidal currents in the sea area near the Yellow River delta. Mar Sci Bull 3(5):12–16Google Scholar
  19. Liu DS (1964) Loess in middle course of Yellow River. Sciences Press, BeijingGoogle Scholar
  20. Meng XM, Jia YG, Shan HX (2012) An experimental study on erodibility of intertidal sediments in the Yellow River delta. Int J Sedim Res 27(2):240–249CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Prior DB, Suhayda JN, Lu NZ et al (1989) Storm wave reactivation of a submarine landslide. NatureGoogle Scholar
  22. Prior DB, Yang ZS, Bornhold BD et al (1986) Active slope failure, sediment collapse, and silt flows on the modern subaqueous Huanghe (Yellow River) delta. Geo-Mar Lett (2)Google Scholar
  23. Ren YC, Zhou YQ (1994) Morphological features and evolution of the abandoned Huanghe River delta. Mar Geol Quat Geol 14(2):19–28Google Scholar
  24. Shi MC, Zhao JP (1985) The analysis of hydrographical characteristics in the nontidal region M2 near delta of the Huanghe River. J Ocean Univ China 15(1):129–131Google Scholar
  25. Si SH, Zhang GQ (1985) Variation in depth at area of Huanghe River delta and assumption for choicing a more suitable site for deepwater port constructing. Coast Eng 4(1):18–24Google Scholar
  26. Wang ZY, Wang WL, Tian SM (2007) Mineral composition and distribution of the sediment in the Yellow River basin. J Sediment Res 5:1–8Google Scholar
  27. Well JT, Coleman JM (1987) Wetland loss and the subdelta life cycle. Estuar Coast Shelf Sci 25(1):111–125CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  28. Xue CT (1994) Division and recorgnition of modern Yellow River delta lobes. Geogr Res 13(2):59–66Google Scholar
  29. Yan TS, Pu GJ, Zhang JH (2006) Costal erosion and protection of Shengli Oilfield in Yellow River Delta. Yellow River Conservancy Press, ZhengzhouGoogle Scholar
  30. Yang XJ, Jia YG, Liu HJ (2009) Discussion on consolidation pressure of silty soil in the Yellow River Delta [J]. J East China Norm Univ (Natural Sciences) 03:146–152Google Scholar
  31. Yang ZS, Wang T (1993) Chengdao oilfield exploration and development. Ocean University of China Press, QingdaoGoogle Scholar
  32. Yin YH, Zhou YQ, Ding D (2004) Evolution of modern Yellow River delta coast. Mar Sci Bull 23(2):32–39Google Scholar
  33. Zang QY (1996) Onshore sediment in Yellow River Delta. China Ocean Press, BeijingGoogle Scholar
  34. Zhao DB (2004) The study of the erosion of Diaokou course coast in Yellow River delta (Master’s thesis). Qingdao, Ocean Unversity of China, pp 1–75Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press and Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yonggang Jia
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xiaolei Liu
    • 1
  • Shaotong Zhang
    • 2
  • Hongxian Shan
    • 1
  • Jiewen Zheng
    • 3
  1. 1.Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Marine Environment and Geological Engineering, College of Environmental Science and EngineeringOcean University of ChinaQingdaoChina
  2. 2.College of Marine GeosciencesOcean University of ChinaQingdaoChina
  3. 3.Pilot National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (Qingdao)QingdaoChina

Personalised recommendations