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  1. Secondary natural gas recovery in mature fluvial sandstone reservoirs, Frio Formation, Agua Dulce Field, South Texas

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    Ambrose, W.A.; Levey, R.A. ); Vidal, J.M. ); Sippel, M.A. ); Ballard, J.R. ); Coover, D.M. Jr. ); Bloxsom, W.E. )

    1993-09-01

    An approach that integrates detailed geologic, engineering, and petrophysical analyses combined with improved well-log analytical techniques can be used by independent oil and gas companies of successful infield exploration in mature Gulf Coast fields that larger companies may consider uneconomic. In a secondary gas recovery project conducted by the Bureau of Economic Geology and funded by the Gas Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy, a potential incremental natural gas resource of 7.7 bcf, of which 4.0 bcf may be technically recoverable, was identified in a 490-ac lease in Agua Dulce field. Five wells in this lease had previously produced 13.7 bcf from Frio reservoirs at depths of 4600-6200 ft. The pay zones occur in heterogeneous fluvial sandstones offset by faults associated with the Vicksburg fault zone. The compartments may each contain up to 1.0 bcf of gas resources with estimates based on previous completions and the recent infield drilling experience of Pintas Creek Oil Company. Uncontacted gas resources occur in thin (typically less than 10 ft) bypassed zones that can be identified through a computed log evaluation that integrates open-hole logs, wireline pressure tests, fluid samples, and cores. At Agua Dulce field, such analysis identified at 4-ft bypassed zone uphole from previously produced reservoirs. This reservoir contained original reservoir pressure and flowed at rates exceeding 1 mmcf/d. The expected ultimate recovery is 0.4 bcf. Methodologies developed in the evaluation of Agua Dulce field can be successfully applied to other mature gas fields in the south Texas Gulf Coast. For example, Stratton and McFaddin are two fields in which the secondary gas recovery project has demonstrated the existence of thin, potentially bypassed zones that can yield significant incremental gas resources, extending the economic life of these fields.

  2. Three-dimensional seismic fluvial architecture of the basal middle Frio Formation, Stratton and Agua Dulce fields, south Texas

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    El-Mowafy, Hamed Zeidan

    Facies architectural models are developed for the Oligocene basal middle Frio meandering fluvial system at Stratton and Agua Dulce fields in south Texas. These models are based on detailed mapping and are important to understand reservoir heterogeneities. The basal middle Frio is characterized in terms of a hierarchy of architectural elements at different heterogeneity levels. In order from small-scale to large-scale, these are facies, channel-belt, systems tract, and depositional sequence. A structural architecture model integrating well logs and 3-D seismic data is developed for the basal middle Frio. It indicates that growth faults are syndepositional and cut through the basal middle Frio Formation and younger sediments in the Stratton-Agua Dulce area. These affect the architecture of the sandstone bodies stacked in that interval. The dimensions, directions, and spatial locations of the basal middle Frio facies architectural elements are predicted from log facies maps and confirmed from seismic amplitude maps. RMS amplitude was related to rock properties and can be used to predict, among other things, facies type and net sand thickness. Seismic sequence stratigraphic models constructed for the basal middle Frio non-marine fluvial strata predict the location of new reservoirs that offer potential reserve growth in the Stratton-Agua Dulce field area. Observations from well logs and 3-D seismic data suggest that accommodation changes and nodal avulsions are possible factors controlling the basal middle Frio fluvial architecture. A 2-D facies architectural model is developed which describes the changes in the stacking patterns of the basal middle Frio sandstone deposits. Changes in the stacking patterns are a reflection of changes in accommodation space, avulsion frequency and sediment accumulation rate. The integrated 3-D fluvial facies architecture model of the basal middle Frio indicates that growth faults controlled the stacking patterns of the basal middle Frio sandstone reservoirs. Results of this study are significant in exploring for and developing similar meandering fluvial reservoirs affected by growth faulting in the Texas Gulf Coast and in similar geological settings worldwide.

  3. Simulations of Fluvial Landscapes

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    Cattan, D.; Birnir, B.

    2013-12-01

    The Smith-Bretherton-Birnir (SBB) model for fluvial landsurfaces consists of a pair of partial differential equations, one governing water flow and one governing the sediment flow. Numerical solutions of these equations have been shown to provide realistic models in the evolution of fluvial landscapes. Further analysis of these equations shows that they possess scaling laws (Hack's Law) that are known to exist in nature. However, the simulations are highly dependent on the numerical methods used; with implicit methods exhibiting the correct scaling laws, but the explicit methods fail to do so. These equations, and the resulting models, help to bridge the gap between the deterministic and the stochastic theories of landscape evolution. Slight modifications of the SBB equations make the results of the model more realistic. By modifying the sediment flow equation, the model obtains more pronounced meandering rivers. Typical landsurface with rivers.

  4. The Fluvial Information System

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    Dugdale, S. J.; Carbonneau, P.; Clough, S.

    2009-12-01

    River ecologists have long been aware that our understanding of lotic ecology is limited by our lack of methods applicable to catchment scale processes. Furthermore, the EU’s Water Framework Directive states that surface waters must be managed at catchment scales. This has created a need for a new approach to high-resolution catchment scale data collection in fluvial environments. In response to this, remote sensing has been the focus of increasing interest in river science, and it is now possible to map parameters such as water depth, grain size and habitat type with sub-metric resolutions over large areas. These techniques are capable of yielding unprecedented amounts of information about river systems, and with such levels of information, crucial questions about catchment scale ecology can now be addressed. However, this intensive approach produces vast amounts of raster data leading to significant issues in terms of data management, and extracting spatially explicit information from large image databases poses a significant challenge which must be resolved if fluvial remote sensing methods are to deliver their potential. GIS has already been successfully applied to manage remotely sensed data. Unfortunately, when applied to fluvial remote sensing raster data, traditional GIS appears limited and unsuited to the specific tasks required by river scientists and managers, and experience with GIS packages has shown that they become overwhelmed when faced with datasets comprising thousands of rasters. Another fundamental issue with traditional GIS packages is the use of established Cartesian map projection systems. Given that rivers are curvilinear entities, the use of Cartesian grid map projections is mismatched and curvilinear coordinate systems unique to each river will be required. This paper introduces the Fluvial Information System (FIS), a raster based GIS-type system designed to manage fluvial remote sensing data and automatically extract meaningful information. The FIS rests on a 2D river coordinate system. Modelled after the curvilinear system presented by Legleiter and Kyriakidis, 2006, the downstream axis of this system follows the river path as modelled by cubic splines whilst the cross-stream direction is locally orthogonal to the main axis. This river coordinate system is generated automatically by automatically detecting and digitizing successive channel midpoints from classified georeferenced imagery. The end result is a coordinate system which allows for a unique spatial localization of each image pixel and an accurate determination of the inter-image spatial relationships. This adaptation of GIS to fluvial systems is a significant innovation with consequences to fundamental river science and management. With the FIS, managers can make effective use of the information contained in high resolution imagery. For example, such information can now allow us to quantify the available habitat for important species such as salmonids and be used to support river management decisions. Additionally, this information can be used in fundamental investigations on large scale patterns of habitat distribution and spatial ecology. The Fluvial Information System offers a unique tool which promises to modernise our understanding of lotic ecology and our ability to manage rivers.

  5. Fluvial networks of the Iberian Peninsula: a chronological framework

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    Santisteban, Juan I.; Schulte, Lothar

    2007-11-01

    Knowledge of the evolution of Spanish fluvial networks has improved during recent years as more river systems have been studied and more geochronological data has become available. However, the chronological framework is a major issue as the range of applications is limited by methodological constraints and spatial coverage is sparse. Integration of 'absolute' dating methods with biostratigraphy and palaeomagnetism permits the recent evolution of these river systems to be reviewed. The timing of incision from the Late Neogene to the present varies between the major Iberian fluvial systems, depending on the substrata and tectonic settings. Early Pleistocene and older fluvial sequences in the core areas of the Iberian Peninsula provide a more extensive record of fluvial evolution and are better preserved than the terrace flights in the coastal lowlands. Middle Pleistocene sequences are well developed in most of the major river systems in Iberia, particularly those of the Tajo, Guadalquivir and Aguas River, and frequently represent the principal climatic cycles of that period, although tectonic and sea-level effects can also be seen. For Late Pleistocene to Holocene times, the scheme becomes more complex. Our review suggests that each river system has responded differently to local and regional climate control, glacial and periglacial processes in headwaters in high mountain areas, glacio-eustatic sea-level changes and local and regional tectonic patterns.

  6. Progress in Understanding Fluvial Processes.

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    Prestegaard, Karen L.

    1984-01-01

    Discusses two of the major research trends that are broadening the understanding of fluvial processes and changing the approach to investigations of stream behavior. These trends include research on rivers that do not flow in alluvial channels and detailed field studies on the mechanics of fluvial processes. (JN)

  7. Floods and Fluvial Wood

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    Comiti, F.

    2014-12-01

    Several studies have recently addressed the complex interactions existing at various spatial scales among riparian vegetation, channel morphology and wood storage. The majority of these investigations has been carried out in relatively natural river systems, focusing mostly on the long-term vegetation-morphology dynamics under "equilibrium" conditions. Little is still known about the role of flood events - of different frequency/magnitude - on several aspects of such dynamics, e.g. entrainment conditions of in-channel wood, erosion rates of vegetation from channel margins and from islands, transport distances of wood elements of different size along the channel network. Even less understood is how the river's evolutionary trajectory may affect these processes, and thus the degree to which conceptual models derivable from near-natural systems could be applicable to human-disturbed channels. Indeed, the different human pressures - present on most river basins worldwide - have greatly impaired the morphological and ecological functions of fluvial wood, and the attempts to "restore" in-channel wood storage are currently carried out without a sufficient understanding of wood transport processes occurring during floods. On the other hand, the capability to correctly predict the magnitude of large wood transport during large floods is now seen as crucial - especially in mountain basins - for flood hazard mapping, as is the identification of the potential wood sources (e.g. landslides, floodplains, islands) for the implementation of sound and effective hazard mitigation measures. The presentation will first summarize the current knowledge on fluvial wood dynamics and modelling at different spatial and temporal scales, with a particular focus on mountain rivers. The effects of floods of different characteristics on vegetation erosion and wood transport will be then addressed presenting some study cases from rivers in the European Alps and in the Italian Apennines featuring different degrees of human alteration. Finally, several conclusions about the applicability of wood transport modelling and on rationale vegetation/wood management strategies will be drawn.

  8. Quaternary fluvial archives: achievements of the Fluvial Archives Group

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    Bridgland, David; Cordier, Stephane; Herget, Juergen; Mather, Ann; Vandenberghe, Jef; Maddy, Darrel

    2013-04-01

    In their geomorphological and sedimentary records, rivers provide valuable archives of environments and environmental change, at local to global scales. In particular, fluvial sediments represent databanks of palaeoenvironment and palaeoclimatic (for example) of fossils (micro- and macro-), sedimentary and post-depositional features and buried soils. Well-dated sequences are of the most value, with dating provided by a wide range of methods, from radiometric (numerical) techniques to included fossils (biostratigraphy) and/or archaeological material. Thus Quaternary fluvial archives can also provide important data for studies of Quaternary biotic evolution and early human occupation. In addition, the physical disposition of fluvial sequences, be it as fragmented terrace remnants or as stacked basin-fills, provides valuable information about geomorphological and crustal evolution. Since rivers are long-term persistent features in the landscape, their sedimentary archives can represent important frameworks for regional Quaternary stratigraphy. Fluvial archives are distributed globally, being represented on all continents and across all climatic zones, with the exception of the frozen polar regions and the driest deserts. In 1999 the Fluvial Archives Group (FLAG) was established, as a working group of the Quaternary Research Association (UK), aimed at bringing together those interested in such archives. This has evolved into an informal organization that has held regular biennial combined conference and field-trip meetings, has co-sponsored other meetings and conference sessions, and has presided over two International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) projects: IGCP 449 (2000-2004) 'Global Correlation of Late Cenozoic Fluvial Deposits' and IGCP 518 (2005-2007) 'Fluvial sequences as evidence for landscape and climatic evolution in the Late Cenozoic'. Through these various activities a sequence of FLAG publications has appeared, including special issues in a variety of journals, amassing a substantial volume of information on fluvial archives worldwide. This presentation will highlight some of these data and will describe important patterns observed and interpretations arising therefrom.

  9. Fluvial valleys on Martian volcanoes

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    Baker, Victor R.; Gulick, Virginia C.

    1987-01-01

    Channels and valleys were known on the Martian volcanoes since their discovery by the Mariner 9 mission. Their analysis has generally centered on interpretation of possible origins by fluvial, lava, or viscous flows. The possible fluvial dissection of Martian volcanoes has received scant attention in comparison to that afforded outflow, runoff, and fretted channels. Photointerpretative, mapping, and morphometric studies of three Martian volcanoes were initiated: Ceraunius Tholus, Hecate Tholus, and Alba Patera. Preliminary morphometric results indicate that, for these three volcanoes, valley junction angles increase with decreasing slope. Drainage densities are quite variable, apparently reflecting complex interactions in the landscape-forming factors described. Ages of the Martian volcanoes were recently reinterpreted. This refined dating provides a time sequence in which to evaluate the degradational forms. An anomaly has appeared from the initial study: fluvial valleys seem to be present on some Martian volcanoes, but not on others of the same age. Volcanic surfaces characterized only by high permeability lava flows may have persisted without fluvial dissection.

  10. Fluvial network dynamics during the agricultural period

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    Kuznetsova, Yulia; Golosov, Valentin; Feoktistov, Artem

    2015-04-01

    It is well-known that start of extensive land-use leads to activation of gully erosion in many agricultural areas. But the dynamics of fluvial forms, including gullies and small valleys, during the period of cultivation is not so well-defined and greatly depends on local topography. Monitoring of individual gully systems evolution, widespread overgrown gullies and small valleys point at the impulsive, undulated development of upper parts of fluvial systems. Our investigation of fluvial network dynamics was conducted for a few key study river basins (Seim, Zusha and upper part of Desna basin) located in different parts of Central Russian Plain with various geomorphic structure. A set of historic topographic maps (from 1860s to 1980s), up-to-date satellite images and field studies were used as a basement for the fluvial patterns comparison and the networks dynamics reconstruction. The general increase of total length of fluvial forms during the period of cultivation was detected for almost all studied basins. However the relations between morphologic differences of interfluvial areas, depth of relief dissection, duration of agricultural period, and the particular changes of fluvial patterns were found. The general impulsive, undulated character is natural to fluvial network dynamics. There are interchanging periods of dominant erosion or accumulation, and the duration and intensity of these periods are heavily dependent on local geomorphic structure. It was found that in the areas with gentle, long slopes and small elevation difference pre-anthropogenic gullies keep developing and almost no new forms appear due to the land use. But the thickening of fluvial network can be found in the strongly dissected areas with steep slopes and high elevation differences.

  11. Laser Scanning Applications in Fluvial Geomorphology

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    Alho, P.

    2014-12-01

    During recent decades, the use of high-resolution laser scanning data in fluvial studies has rapidly increased. Airborne laser scanning (ALS) can be used to extensively map riverine topography. Laser scanning data have great potential to improve the effectiveness of topographical data acquisition and the accuracy and resolution of DTMs (Digital Terrain Models) needed in fluvial geomorphology. Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS) is applicable for mapping areas varying from reach to catchment scale and these data are, therefore, particularly suitable, especially for hydraulic modelling, mapping of flood inundation, and the detection of macro-scale fluvial geomorphology. With Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) a spatial resolution of less than 1 mm and a range accuracy of few millimetres can be achieved. Mobile Laser Scanning (MLS) enables a remarkably faster survey approach compared to the conventional TLS method. One of the newest applications of MLS approaches involves a boat/cart/backpack -based mobile mapping system. This set-up includes laser scanning and imaging from a platform moving along a river course or floodplain and may be used to expand the spatial extent of terrestrial scanning. Detailed DTMs derived from laser scanning data can be used to improve the recognition of fluvial landforms, the geometric data of hydraulic modelling, and the estimation of flood inundation extents and the associated fluvial processes. Fluvial environments also offer challenges for the application of laser scanning techniques. Factors such as vegetation cover, terrain undulation, coarse surface materials and water surfaces may distort a laser scanning survey.

  12. Fluvial mudstone breccias and their petroleum significance

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    Putnam, P.E.

    1987-05-01

    The classic fining-upward model of fluvial deposition places mudstone breccia fragments as basal channel lag deposits. Basal breccias can form by bank erosion and collapse by migrating channels and channel down-cutting into preexisting mudstones. However, mudstone breccias associated with fluvial sediments display much wider distributions and can be found at the top of channel fills. Some formative mechanisms for breccias found toward the tops of fluvial sequences are (1) gravity sliding down point bar surfaces; (2) bank erosion and collapse by migrating underfit streams found within abandoned channel reaches undergoing vertical accretion and; (3) oversteepening and collapse of channel banks in response to stage fluctuations. Thus, breccia deposits can be located above or adjacent to well-sorted porous and permeable sands. In the subsurface, fluvial breccias are difficult to recognize in core if individual clasts are larger than the borehole diameter and flat lying. Dense concentrations of clasts also influence log readings by displaying high gamma-ray and relatively positive spontaneous potential responses. Core analyses commonly give misleadingly low indications of porosity and permeability because of the relatively small sample sizes available. It is very easy to mistake thick, dense concentrations of mudstone breccia for the deposits of shale-filled channels. Breccias found at the top of fluvial sequences are commonly overlooked reservoirs because hydrocarbons will be found in zones characterized by very large impervious blocks formed of muddy sediment. Recognition of the presence and distribution of breccias is crucial in the exploration and development of channel reservoirs.

  13. The fluvial record of climate change.

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    Macklin, M G; Lewin, J; Woodward, J C

    2012-05-13

    Fluvial landforms and sediments can be used to reconstruct past hydrological conditions over different time scales once allowance has been made for tectonic, base-level and human complications. Field stratigraphic evidence is explored here at three time scales: the later Pleistocene, the Holocene, and the historical and instrumental period. New data from a range of field studies demonstrate that Croll-Milankovitch forcing, Dansgaard-Oeschger and Heinrich events, enhanced monsoon circulation, millennial- to centennial-scale climate variability within the Holocene (probably associated with solar forcing and deep ocean circulation) and flood-event variability in recent centuries can all be discerned in the fluvial record. Although very significant advances have been made in river system and climate change research in recent years, the potential of fluvial palaeohydrology has yet to be fully realized, to the detriment of climatology, public health, resource management and river engineering. PMID:22474679

  14. Applied fluvial geomorphology. Report No. 31

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    MacBroom, J.G.

    1981-03-01

    The first portion of this report discusse the geologic properties and characteristics of natural rivers and floodplains. The second part outlines the influence of man on fluvial geomorphology, ecological considerations, and the natural characteristics of rivers that should be applied in the design of river and bridge projects.

  15. Applied fluvial geomorphology. Report No. 31

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    MacBroom, J.G.

    1981-03-01

    The first portion of this report discusses the geologic properties and characteristics of natural rivers and floodplains. The second part outlines the influence of man on fluvial geomorphology, ecological considerations, and the natural characteristics of rivers that should be applied in the design of river and bridge projects.

  16. A Field Exercise in Fluvial Sediment Transport.

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    Tharp, Thomas M.

    1983-01-01

    Describes an investigation which introduces the mathematical principles of stream hydraulics and fluvial sediment in a practical context. The investigation has four stages: defining hydrology of the stream; defining channel hydraulics in a study reach; measuring grain size; and calculating transportable grain size and comparing measure stream-bed…

  17. A Field Exercise in Fluvial Sediment Transport.

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    Tharp, Thomas M.

    1983-01-01

    Describes an investigation which introduces the mathematical principles of stream hydraulics and fluvial sediment in a practical context. The investigation has four stages: defining hydrology of the stream; defining channel hydraulics in a study reach; measuring grain size; and calculating transportable grain size and comparing measure stream-bed

  18. The Modification of Mars Fluvial Surfaces

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    Bourke, M. C.; Zimbelman, J. R.; Finnegan, D.; Banerdt, B.

    2001-01-01

    The identification of fluvial deposits on Mars is impaired by modifying geological processes. An analysis of surface patterns of superimposed dunes and channels in paleoflood environments in Washington State and Australia can yield information on buried surfaces. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  19. A fluvial mercury budget for Lake Ontario.

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    Denkenberger, Joseph S; Driscoll, Charles T; Mason, Edward; Branfireun, Brian; Warnock, Ashley

    2014-06-01

    Watershed mercury (Hg) flux was calculated for ten inflowing rivers and the outlet for Lake Ontario using empirical measurements from two independent field-sampling programs. Total Hg (THg) flux for nine study watersheds that directly drain into the lake ranged from 0.2 kg/yr to 13 kg/yr, with the dominant fluvial THg load from the Niagara River at 154 kg/yr. THg loss at the outlet (St. Lawrence River) was 68 kg/yr and has declined approximately 40% over the past decade. Fluvial Hg inputs largely (62%) occur in the dissolved fraction and are similar to estimates of atmospheric Hg inputs. Fluvial mass balances suggest strong in-lake retention of particulate Hg inputs (99%), compared to dissolved total Hg (45%) and methyl Hg (22%) fractions. Wetland land cover is a good predictor of methyl Hg yield for Lake Ontario watersheds. Sediment deposition studies, coupled atmospheric and fluvial Hg fluxes, and a comparison of this work with previous measurements indicate that Lake Ontario is a net sink of Hg inputs and not at steady state likely because of recent decreases in point source inputs and atmospheric Hg deposition. PMID:24783951

  20. Large Fluvial Fans and Exploration for Hydrocarbons

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    Wilkinson, Murray Justin

    2005-01-01

    A report discusses the geological phenomena known, variously, as modern large (or large modern) fluvial fans or large continental fans, from a perspective of exploring for hydrocarbons. These fans are partial cones of river sediment that spread out to radii of 100 km or more. Heretofore, they have not been much recognized in the geological literature probably because they are difficult to see from the ground. They can, however, be seen in photographs taken by astronauts and on other remotely sensed imagery. Among the topics discussed in the report is the need for research to understand what seems to be an association among fluvial fans, alluvial fans, and hydrocarbon deposits. Included in the report is an abstract that summarizes the global distribution of large modern fluvial fans and a proposal to use that distribution as a guide to understanding paleo-fluvial reservoir systems where oil and gas have formed. Also included is an abstract that summarizes what a continuing mapping project has thus far revealed about the characteristics of large fans that have been found in a variety of geological environments.

  1. Agua Caliente and Their Music.

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    Ryterband, Roman

    1979-01-01

    Discusses the traditional music of the Agua Caliente band of California's Desert Cahuilla Indian tribe, including accompanying instruments, types of songs, thematic material, and performance routines. Exploring the structure of the music, the article describes meter, tempo, harmony and tonal gravitations, and use of words. (DS)

  2. Martian fluvial conglomerates at Gale crater.

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    Williams, R M E; Grotzinger, J P; Dietrich, W E; Gupta, S; Sumner, D Y; Wiens, R C; Mangold, N; Malin, M C; Edgett, K S; Maurice, S; Forni, O; Gasnault, O; Ollila, A; Newsom, H E; Dromart, G; Palucis, M C; Yingst, R A; Anderson, R B; Herkenhoff, K E; Le Moulic, S; Goetz, W; Madsen, M B; Koefoed, A; Jensen, J K; Bridges, J C; Schwenzer, S P; Lewis, K W; Stack, K M; Rubin, D; Kah, L C; Bell, J F; Farmer, J D; Sullivan, R; Van Beek, T; Blaney, D L; Pariser, O; Deen, R G

    2013-05-31

    Observations by the Mars Science Laboratory Mast Camera (Mastcam) in Gale crater reveal isolated outcrops of cemented pebbles (2 to 40 millimeters in diameter) and sand grains with textures typical of fluvial sedimentary conglomerates. Rounded pebbles in the conglomerates indicate substantial fluvial abrasion. ChemCam emission spectra at one outcrop show a predominantly feldspathic composition, consistent with minimal aqueous alteration of sediments. Sediment was mobilized in ancient water flows that likely exceeded the threshold conditions (depth 0.03 to 0.9 meter, average velocity 0.20 to 0.75 meter per second) required to transport the pebbles. Climate conditions at the time sediment was transported must have differed substantially from the cold, hyper-arid modern environment to permit aqueous flows across several kilometers. PMID:23723230

  3. Martian Fluvial Conglomerates at Gale Crater

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    Williams, R. M. E.; Grotzinger, J. P.; Dietrich, W. E.; Gupta, S.; Sumner, D. Y.; Wiens, R. C.; Mangold, N.; Malin, M. C.; Edgett, K. S.; Maurice, S.; Forni, O.; Gasnault, O.; Ollila, A.; Newsom, H. E.; Dromart, G.; Palucis, M. C.; Yingst, R. A.; Anderson, R. B.; Herkenhoff, K. E.; Le Moulic, S.; Goetz, W.; Madsen, M. B.; Koefoed, A.; Jensen, J. K.; Bridges, J. C.; Schwenzer, S. P.; Lewis, K. W.; Stack, K. M.; Rubin, D.; Kah, L. C.; Bell, J. F.; Farmer, J. D.; Sullivan, R.; Van Beek, T.; Blaney, D. L.; Pariser, O.; Deen, R. G.; Kemppinen, Osku; Bridges, Nathan; Johnson, Jeffrey R.; Minitti, Michelle; Cremers, David; Edgar, Lauren; Godber, Austin; Wadhwa, Meenakshi; Wellington, Danika; McEwan, Ian; Newman, Claire; Richardson, Mark; Charpentier, Antoine; Peret, Laurent; King, Penelope; Blank, Jennifer; Weigle, Gerald; Schmidt, Mariek; Li, Shuai; Milliken, Ralph; Robertson, Kevin; Sun, Vivian; Baker, Michael; Edwards, Christopher; Ehlmann, Bethany; Farley, Kenneth; Griffes, Jennifer; Miller, Hayden; Newcombe, Megan; Pilorget, Cedric; Rice, Melissa; Siebach, Kirsten; Stolper, Edward; Brunet, Claude; Hipkin, Victoria; Lveill, Richard; Marchand, Genevive; Sobrn Snchez, Pablo; Favot, Laurent; Cody, George; Steele, Andrew; Flckiger, Lorenzo; Lees, David; Nefian, Ara; Martin, Mildred; Gailhanou, Marc; Westall, Frances; Isral, Guy; Agard, Christophe; Baroukh, Julien; Donny, Christophe; Gaboriaud, Alain; Guillemot, Philippe; Lafaille, Vivian; Lorigny, Eric; Paillet, Alexis; Prez, Ren; Saccoccio, Muriel; Yana, Charles; Aparicio, Carlos Armiens; Caride Rodrguez, Javier; Carrasco Blzquez, Isaas; Gmez Gmez, Felipe; Elvira, Javier Gmez; Hettrich, Sebastian; Lepinette Malvitte, Alain; Marn Jimnez, Mercedes; Fras, Jess Martnez; Soler, Javier Martn; Torres, F. Javier Martn; Molina Jurado, Antonio; Sotomayor, Luis Mora; Muoz Caro, Guillermo; Navarro Lpez, Sara; Gonzlez, Vernica Peinado; Garca, Jorge Pla; Rodriguez Manfredi, Jos Antonio; Planell, Julio Jos Romeral; Alejandra Sans Fuentes, Sara; Sebastian Martinez, Eduardo; Torres Redondo, Josefina; O'Callaghan, Roser Urqui; Zorzano Mier, Mara-Paz; Chipera, Steve; Lacour, Jean-Luc; Mauchien, Patrick; Sirven, Jean-Baptiste; Manning, Heidi; Fairn, Alberto; Hayes, Alexander; Joseph, Jonathan; Squyres, Steven; Thomas, Peter; Dupont, Audrey; Lundberg, Angela; Melikechi, Noureddine; Mezzacappa, Alissa; DeMarines, Julia; Grinspoon, David; Reitz, Gnther; Prats, Benito; Atlaskin, Evgeny; Genzer, Maria; Harri, Ari-Matti; Haukka, Harri; Kahanp, Henrik; Kauhanen, Janne; Paton, Mark; Polkko, Jouni; Schmidt, Walter; Siili, Tero; Fabre, Ccile; Wray, James; Wilhelm, Mary Beth; Poitrasson, Franck; Patel, Kiran; Gorevan, Stephen; Indyk, Stephen; Paulsen, Gale; Bish, David; Schieber, Juergen; Gondet, Brigitte; Langevin, Yves; Geffroy, Claude; Baratoux, David; Berger, Gilles; Cros, Alain; Uston, Claude d.; Lasue, Jrmie; Lee, Qiu-Mei; Meslin, Pierre-Yves; Pallier, Etienne; Parot, Yann; Pinet, Patrick; Schrder, Susanne; Toplis, Mike; Lewin, ric; Brunner, Will; Heydari, Ezat; Achilles, Cherie; Oehler, Dorothy; Sutter, Brad; Cabane, Michel; Coscia, David; Szopa, Cyril; Robert, Franois; Sautter, Violaine; Nachon, Marion; Buch, Arnaud; Stalport, Fabien; Coll, Patrice; Franois, Pascaline; Raulin, Franois; Teinturier, Samuel; Cameron, James; Clegg, Sam; Cousin, Agns; DeLapp, Dorothea; Dingler, Robert; Jackson, Ryan Steele; Johnstone, Stephen; Lanza, Nina; Little, Cynthia; Nelson, Tony; Williams, Richard B.; Jones, Andrea; Kirkland, Laurel; Treiman, Allan; Baker, Burt; Cantor, Bruce; Caplinger, Michael; Davis, Scott; Duston, Brian; Fay, Donald; Hardgrove, Craig; Harker, David; Herrera, Paul; Jensen, Elsa; Kennedy, Megan R.; Krezoski, Gillian; Krysak, Daniel; Lipkaman, Leslie; McCartney, Elaina; McNair, Sean; Nixon, Brian; Posiolova, Liliya; Ravine, Michael; Salamon, Andrew; Saper, Lee; Stoiber, Kevin; Supulver, Kimberley; Van Beek, Jason; Zimdar, Robert; French, Katherine Louise; Iagnemma, Karl; Miller, Kristen; Summons, Roger; Goesmann, Fred; Hviid, Stubbe; Johnson, Micah; Lefavor, Matthew; Lyness, Eric; Breves, Elly; Dyar, M. Darby; Fassett, Caleb; Blake, David F.; Bristow, Thomas; DesMarais, David; Edwards, Laurence; Haberle, Robert; Hoehler, Tori; Hollingsworth, Jeff; Kahre, Melinda; Keely, Leslie; McKay, Christopher; Bleacher, Lora; Brinckerhoff, William; Choi, David; Conrad, Pamela; Dworkin, Jason P.; Eigenbrode, Jennifer; Floyd, Melissa; Freissinet, Caroline; Garvin, James; Glavin, Daniel; Harpold, Daniel; Mahaffy, Paul; Martin, David K.

    2013-05-01

    Observations by the Mars Science Laboratory Mast Camera (Mastcam) in Gale crater reveal isolated outcrops of cemented pebbles (2 to 40 millimeters in diameter) and sand grains with textures typical of fluvial sedimentary conglomerates. Rounded pebbles in the conglomerates indicate substantial fluvial abrasion. ChemCam emission spectra at one outcrop show a predominantly feldspathic composition, consistent with minimal aqueous alteration of sediments. Sediment was mobilized in ancient water flows that likely exceeded the threshold conditions (depth 0.03 to 0.9 meter, average velocity 0.20 to 0.75 meter per second) required to transport the pebbles. Climate conditions at the time sediment was transported must have differed substantially from the cold, hyper-arid modern environment to permit aqueous flows across several kilometers.

  4. Martian fluvial conglomerates at Gale Crater

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    Williams, Rebecca M.E.; Grotzinger, J.P.; Dietrich, W.E.; Gupta, S.; Sumner, D.Y.; Wiens, R.C.; Mangold, N.; Malin, M.C.; Edgett, K.S.; Maurice, S.; Forni, O.; Gasnault, O.; Ollila, A.; Newsom, Horton E.; Dromart, G.; Palucis, M.C.; Yingst, R.A.; Anderson, Ryan B.; Herkenhoff, K. E.; Le Mouélic, S.; Goetz, W.; Madsen, M.B.; Koefoed, A.; Jensen, J.K.; Bridges, J.C.; Schwenzer, S.P.; Lewis, K.W.; Stack, K.M.; Rubin, D.; Kah, L.C.; Bell, J.F., III; Farmer, J.D.; Sullivan, R.; Van Beek, T.; Blaney, D.L.; Pariser, O.; Deen, R.G.

    2013-01-01

    Observations by the Mars Science Laboratory Mast Camera (Mastcam) in Gale crater reveal isolated outcrops of cemented pebbles (2 to 40 millimeters in diameter) and sand grains with textures typical of fluvial sedimentary conglomerates. Rounded pebbles in the conglomerates indicate substantial fluvial abrasion. ChemCam emission spectra at one outcrop show a predominantly feldspathic composition, consistent with minimal aqueous alteration of sediments. Sediment was mobilized in ancient water flows that likely exceeded the threshold conditions (depth 0.03 to 0.9 meter, average velocity 0.20 to 0.75 meter per second) required to transport the pebbles. Climate conditions at the time sediment was transported must have differed substantially from the cold, hyper-arid modern environment to permit aqueous flows across several kilometers.

  5. Lowland fluvial phosphorus altered by dams

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    Zhou, Jianjun; Zhang, Man; Lin, Binliang; Lu, Pingyu

    2015-04-01

    Dams affect ecosystems, but their physical link to the variations in fluvial fluxes and downstream ecological consequences are inadequately understood. After estimating the current effects of the Three Gorges project and other reservoirs upstream on the Yangtze River on the fluvial phosphorus (P) in the middle and lower Yangtze River, we further investigated the long-term effects of dams on the fluvial regimes of P and P-enriched sediment (PES). Simultaneously measured P distributions with sediment size (PDSS) from the Three Gorges Reservoir (TGR) proved that the areal density of particulate P (PP) bound on graded sediment can be measured using the surface area concentration of the total sediment. A PDSS relationship is obtained and the selective transport and long-term sedimentation of P are simulated using a nonuniform suspended sediment model, which incorporates the PDSS formula. The computations revealed that a reservoir would significantly lower the downstream availability of P in the dry season and promote high pulses of P in summer when the reservoir is flushed as sedimentation accumulates. As a result, the P buffering and replenishing mechanism in the pristine ecosystem from upstream supplies and local re-suspension are permanently eliminated when a regulating reservoir is built upstream. This change is irreversible if reservoir regulation continues. Changes could potentially aggravate the existing P-limitation, decrease the water's ability to adjust nutrient/pollutant fluctuations, accumulate a greater surplus of carbon and nitrogen, and even exacerbate blooms in favorable conditions.

  6. Can anomalous diffusion describe depositional fluvial profiles?

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    Voller, V. R.; Paola, C.

    2010-06-01

    Diffusion models have been widely applied to describe fluvial long profiles. However, aggrading rivers simulated in laboratory experiments typically display much less profile curvature than a diffusion model would predict, whether aggradation is driven by subsidence or by base-level rise. Here we explore the possibility that this is due to nonclassical or non-Fickian, anomalous sediment transport in braided networks, which are known to have fractal planform geometry. We solve a fractional diffusion equation for a steady state aggrading fluvial profile for fractional exponents in the spatial derivative α in the range 1.1 < α + 1 < 2. The domain is bounded at both ends, and a constant sediment sink forces extraction of all of the imposed, constant sediment supply. We assume the fractional behavior is expressed solely by a nonlocal sediment flux term. Using the right-hand Caputo fractional derivative, we are able to construct a fractional diffusion equation that admits an analytical fluvial profile closely matching the laboratory-scale physical observations. We show that this solution is also in good agreement with a Monte Carlo simulation obtained using step lengths drawn from a Lévy probability density. However, despite the clear nonlocal behavior, we are unable to establish a direct physical link between the power law statistics of the fluvial transport system and the mathematical ingredients in a fractional diffusion model. In general, we expect the fractional behavior to be most pronounced when the length scale of significant downstream sediment extraction is comparable to the scale range of the fractal channel pattern behavior. This is typically the case for laboratory experiments but not at field scales, which could explain why anomalously flat fluvial long profiles have not been reported from the field. Applying fractional calculus to depositional river profiles, at any scale, exposes problems in applying fractional calculus posed by the bounded domain and the presence of a distributed sink associated with sediment extraction. With present understanding, the benefit of fractional calculus, which is its ability to capture effects of power law statistics in the underlying dynamics, comes at a significant cost in terms of flexibility to handle other physical effects such as complex domains, boundary conditions, and source terms.

  7. Fluvial architecture and reservoir compartmentalization in the Oligocene middle Frio Formation of south Texas

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    Kerr, D.R.; Jirik, L.A. )

    1990-09-01

    Seeligson, Stratton, and Agua Dulce fields are being studied as part of a Gas Research Institute/Department of Energy/State of Texas cosponsored program designed to develop and test methodologies and technologies for gas reserve growth in conventional reservoirs in mature gas fields. Over the last four decades, each field has produced approximately 2 tcf of gas from middle Frio reservoirs alone. Recent drilling and workover results and reservoir pressure data, however, point to the possibility of additional reserves. Stratigraphic and sedimentologic studies based on well logs and cores indicate that middle Frio reservoirs are architecturally complex. Deposition on an aggrading coastal plain resulted in a continuum of architectural styles that has important implications for reservoir compartmentalization. The middle Frio is composed of sand-rich channel-fill and splay deposits interstratified with floodplain mudstones, all forming part of the Gueydan fluvial system. Relatively slow aggradation resulted in laterally stacked channel systems; whereas more rapid aggradation resulted in vertically stacked channel systems. Laterally stacked sandstone bodies predominate at Seeligson field, leading to separate but potentially leaky reservoir compartments. By contrast, vertically stacked sandstone bodies predominate at Stratton and Agua Dulce fields, favoring more isolated reservoir compartments. Thus, a high potential for reserve growth through the identification of untapped compartments, poorly drained acreage, and bypassed zones exists for each of these fields, but differences in reservoir architecture must be taken into account as part of exploitation strategies.

  8. Fluvial Processes in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona: A natural laboratory for studying urbanized dryland fluvial systems

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    Tok, N. A.; Arrowsmith, J. R.

    2006-12-01

    Maricopa County is characterized by low relief basins with intervening bedrock mountain ranges. Fluvial processes are driven by low frequency but high intensity rainfall events that convey runoff and sediment from adjacent uplands and urbanized desert piedmonts to tributaries of the lower Colorado River. Since the 1950's, the population of metropolitan Phoenix has increased tenfold. Now, approximately 3.5 million people live within 1500 square kilometers of developed land. With so much growth, the fluvial system has been significantly altered. Urbanization and attempts to control flooding have led to 1) an increase in impermeable landcover, 2) straightening and channelization of piedmont distributaries and washes, 3) alteration or removal of riparian vegetation, 4) diversion of runoff and sediment into localized retention basins, 5) development of artificial local wetlands and lakes as part of groundwater recharge projects and municipal amenities, and 6) damming of the previously non-ephemeral Salt, Verde, and Gila Rivers of the lower Colorado River system. The ongoing urbanization surrounding greater Phoenix represents a special opportunity to explore the responses of dryland fluvial processes to these types of changes. Existing urban catchments are monitored by the Maricopa County flood control district; therefore precipitation and hydrograph data mining in conjunction with historical land use mapping and drainage basin delineations reveal valuable information about the urban fluvial system. Phoenix's continued growth provides an opportunity to establish monitoring experiments to study fluvial responses during the initiation of new urban developments. Additionally, geomorphic mapping and stratigraphic analyses of urban sediments provides data to compare with geomorphic investigations of undeveloped piedmonts. Through these analyses and substituting space for time we will be able to better assess how urbanization transforms drainage basin architecture and thus how water, sediment, and chemicals move through and are stored within the urban landscape. This knowledge will also help us understand how fluvial processes within the urban landscape influence and feedback between biological and social parts of the urban ecosystem.

  9. Fluvial landscapes of the Harappan civilization.

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    Giosan, Liviu; Clift, Peter D; Macklin, Mark G; Fuller, Dorian Q; Constantinescu, Stefan; Durcan, Julie A; Stevens, Thomas; Duller, Geoff A T; Tabrez, Ali R; Gangal, Kavita; Adhikari, Ronojoy; Alizai, Anwar; Filip, Florin; VanLaningham, Sam; Syvitski, James P M

    2012-06-26

    The collapse of the Bronze Age Harappan, one of the earliest urban civilizations, remains an enigma. Urbanism flourished in the western region of the Indo-Gangetic Plain for approximately 600 y, but since approximately 3,900 y ago, the total settled area and settlement sizes declined, many sites were abandoned, and a significant shift in site numbers and density towards the east is recorded. We report morphologic and chronologic evidence indicating that fluvial landscapes in Harappan territory became remarkably stable during the late Holocene as aridification intensified in the region after approximately 5,000 BP. Upstream on the alluvial plain, the large Himalayan rivers in Punjab stopped incising, while downstream, sedimentation slowed on the distinctive mega-fluvial ridge, which the Indus built in Sindh. This fluvial quiescence suggests a gradual decrease in flood intensity that probably stimulated intensive agriculture initially and encouraged urbanization around 4,500 BP. However, further decline in monsoon precipitation led to conditions adverse to both inundation- and rain-based farming. Contrary to earlier assumptions that a large glacier-fed Himalayan river, identified by some with the mythical Sarasvati, watered the Harappan heartland on the interfluve between the Indus and Ganges basins, we show that only monsoonal-fed rivers were active there during the Holocene. As the monsoon weakened, monsoonal rivers gradually dried or became seasonal, affecting habitability along their courses. Hydroclimatic stress increased the vulnerability of agricultural production supporting Harappan urbanism, leading to settlement downsizing, diversification of crops, and a drastic increase in settlements in the moister monsoon regions of the upper Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh. PMID:22645375

  10. Fluvial geomorphology and river engineering: future roles utilizing a fluvial hydrosystems framework

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    Gilvear, David J.

    1999-12-01

    River engineering is coming under increasing public scrutiny given failures to prevent flood hazards and economic and environmental concerns. This paper reviews the contribution that fluvial geomorphology can make in the future to river engineering. In particular, it highlights the need for fluvial geomorphology to be an integral part in engineering projects, that is, to be integral to the planning, implementation, and post-project appraisal stages of engineering projects. It should be proactive rather than reactive. Areas in which geomorphologists will increasingly be able to complement engineers in river management include risk and environmental impact assessment, floodplain planning, river audits, determination of instream flow needs, river restoration, and design of ecologically acceptable channels and structures. There are four key contributions that fluvial geomorphology can make to the engineering profession with regard to river and floodplain management: to promote recognition of lateral, vertical, and downstream connectivity in the fluvial system and the inter-relationships between river planform, profile, and cross-section; to stress the importance of understanding fluvial history and chronology over a range of time scales, and recognizing the significance of both palaeo and active landforms and deposits as indicators of levels of landscape stability; to highlight the sensitivity of geomorphic systems to environmental disturbances and change, especially when close to geomorphic thresholds, and the dynamics of the natural systems; and to demonstrate the importance of landforms and processes in controlling and defining fluvial biotopes and to thus promote ecologically acceptable engineering. Challenges facing fluvial geomorphology include: gaining full acceptance by the engineering profession; widespread utilization of new technologies including GPS, GIS, image analysis of satellite and airborne remote sensing data, computer-based hydraulic modeling and geophysical techniques; dovetailing engineering approaches to the study of river channels which emphasize reach-scale flow resistance, shear stresses, and material strength with catchment scale geomorphic approaches, empirical predictions, bed and bank processes, landform evolution, and magnitude-frequency concepts; producing accepted river channel typologies; fundamental research aimed at producing more reliable deterministic equations for prediction of bed and bank stability and bedload transport; and collaboration with aquatic biologists to determine the role and importance of geomorphologically and hydraulically defined habitats.

  11. Metapopulation capacity of evolving fluvial landscapes

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    Bertuzzo, Enrico; Rodriguez-Iturbe, Ignacio; Rinaldo, Andrea

    2015-04-01

    The form of fluvial landscapes is known to attain stationary network configurations that settle in dynamically accessible minima of total energy dissipation by landscape-forming discharges. Recent studies have highlighted the role of the dendritic structure of river networks in controlling population dynamics of the species they host and large-scale biodiversity patterns. Here, we systematically investigate the relation between energy dissipation, the physical driver for the evolution of river networks, and the ecological dynamics of their embedded biota. To that end, we use the concept of metapopulation capacity, a measure to link landscape structures with the population dynamics they host. Technically, metapopulation capacity is the leading eigenvalue ?M of an appropriate "landscape" matrix subsuming whether a given species is predicted to persist in the long run. ?M can conveniently be used to rank different landscapes in terms of their capacity to support viable metapopulations. We study how ?M changes in response to the evolving network configurations of spanning trees. Such sequence of configurations is theoretically known to relate network selection to general landscape evolution equations through imperfect searches for dynamically accessible states frustrated by the vagaries of Nature. Results show that the process shaping the metric and the topological properties of river networks, prescribed by physical constraints, leads to a progressive increase in the corresponding metapopulation capacity and therefore on the landscape capacity to support metapopulationswith implications on biodiversity in fluvial ecosystems.

  12. Fluvial processes on Mars: Erosion and sedimentation

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    Squyres, Steven W.

    1988-01-01

    One of the most important discoveries of the Mariner 9 and Viking missions to Mars was evidence of change of the Martian surface by the action of liquid water. From the standpoint of a Mars Rover/Sample Return Mission, fluvial activity on Mars is important in two ways: (1) channel formation has deeply eroded the Martian crust, providing access to relatively undisturbed subsurface units; and (2) much of the material eroded from channels may have been deposited in standing bodies of liquid water. The most striking fluvial erosion features on Mars are the outflow channels. A second type of channel apparently caused by flow of liquid water is the valley systems. These are similar to terrestial drainage systems. The sedimentary deposits of outflow channels are often difficult to identfy. No obvious deposits such as deltaic accumulations are visible in Viking images. Another set of deposits that may be water lain and that date approx. from the epoch of outflow channels are the layered deposits in the Valles Marineris. From the standpoint of a Mars Rover/Sample Return mission, the problem with all of these water-lain sediments is their age, or rather the lack of it.

  13. AGUA TIBIA PRIMITIVE AREA, CALIFORNIA.

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    Irwin, William P.; Thurber, Horace K.

    1984-01-01

    The Agua Tibia Primitive Area in southwestern California is underlain by igneous and metamorphic rocks that are siilar to those widely exposed throughout much of the Peninsular Ranges. To detect the presence of any concealed mineral deposits, samples of stream sediments were collected along the various creeks that head in the mountain. As an additional aid in evaluating the mineral potential, an aeromagnetic survey was made and interpreted. A search for records of past or existing mining claims within the primitive area was made but none was found. Evidence of deposits of metallic or nonmetallic minerals was not seen during the study.

  14. Fluvial terraces of the lower Susquehanna River

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    Pazzaglia, Frank J.; Gardner, Thomas W.

    1993-11-01

    Fluvial terraces of the lower Susquehanna River offer a unique opportunity to investigate the late stage geologic and geomorphic evolution of the U.S. Atlantic passive margin. Petrography and elevation distinguish and provide a basis for correlation of two groups of terraces, the upland terraces and lower terraces, through the Piedmont, Newark Basin, and Great Valley. Downstream correlation to dated upper Coastal Plain and Fall Zone fluvial deposits, relative weathering, and soil profile development characteristics establish terrace age. Upland terraces (Tg1, Tg2, and Tg3), middle to late Miocene strath terraces 80 to 140 m above the present channel, occur only along the Piedmont reach. They are underlain by unstratified, texturally-mature, quartz-dominated roundstone diamictons. Lower terraces (QTg, Qt1-Qt6), Pliocene and Pleistocene strath and thin aggradational terraces within 45 m of the present channel, are underlain by stratified and unstratified, texturally and compositionally immature sand, gravel, and pebbly silt. Terrace age and longitudinal profiles suggest complex interactions among relative base level, long-term flexural isostatic processes, climate, and river grade. Our model for terrace genesis requires the Susquehanna River to attain and maintain a characteristics graded longitudinal profile over graded time. For the U.S. Atlantic margin, we propose that straths are continually cut along this graded profile during periods of relative base level stability, achieved by slow, steady, isostatic continental uplift acting in concert with eustatic rise. Change in an external modulating factor, such as eustatic fall or climate change, results in fluvial incision and subsequent genesis of strath terraces. Longitudinal profiles of lower Susquehanna River terraces, which converge at the river mouth, diverge through the Piedmont, and reconverge north of the Piedmont, contrast with their hypothesized, original concave-up profiles. Progressive and cumulative flexural upwarping of the Atlantic margin accounts for terrace profile deformation suggesting flexural isostasy as a first-order, regional deformation mechanism. These results offer new interpretations of terrace age, correlation, and geologic significance that require modification of previous studies suggesting uplifted or anticlinically-warped peneplains on the U.S. Atlantic margin.

  15. Predicting Facies Patterns within Fluvial Channel Belts

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    Willis, B. J.; Sech, R.; Sun, T.; Pyrcz, M.

    2014-12-01

    Reservoirs (aquifers) in fluvial channel belt sandstones can have very different subsurface flow behavior depending on the degree and distribution of internal heterogeneities. Fluvial channel belts are composed of multiple "storeys" formed as individual channel segments increase in sinuosity and then are cut off and abandoned. Heterogeneities are defined by depositional variations across storeys and inter-story connectivity patterns along the channel belt. Although commonly inferred to reflect the formative river pattern (sinuosity & braiding), the spatial arrangement of facies depend most directly on the relative preservation of deposits formed within different areas of the migrating channels and the lateral stacking arrangement of storeys due to style of bend cutoff. Grains are poorly sorted across the inner bank along upstream parts of channel bends and become better sorted laterally in downstream areas adjacent to a deeper thalweg scour. If deposition occurs evenly along the entire inner bank (bar), this grain size pattern leads to an elliptical body in planview with weak vertical grain size trends upstream and more fining-upward trend downstream. As channel bend segments migrate to a greater extent downstream, preserved inner-bank-bar deposits are increasingly dominated by upward-fining deposits and more outer-bank-deposits are preserved ("concave bank" deposits). Although concave bank deposits have highly variable character in different systems, vertical-grainsize trends tend to be weaker in straighter systems dominated by downstream-accretion, and more strongly upward-fining in higher sinuosity systems where these deposits form by eddy accretion or low flow aggradation. River cutoffs of straighter channel segments abandon slowly, leading to more gradual vertical fining. Subsurface heterogeneity prediction requires documentation of shape and character of deposits preserved in different zones within the channel (upstream and downstream inner bank, concave bank, thalweg scour lags, and abandonment fill). Systems with similar paleochannel pattern can leave deposits with very different subsurface heterogeneity arrangement.

  16. The Response of Fluvial Landscapes to Glaciation

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    Brocklehurst, S. H.; Whipple, K. X.

    2004-12-01

    A major consequence of climate cooling is the growth of glaciers in mountain ranges previously sculpted by fluvial and hillslope processes. Climate change and the tectonics of mountain ranges are linked if glacial erosion either alters the relief structure, or exhumes material in a different fashion from rivers. Glacial erosion carves cirques and U-shaped valleys, and cooler climates also affect hillslope processes, as freeze-thaw, rockfall, landsliding and debris flows start to dominate. The signature of glacial erosion on the landscape is readily identified from digital elevation model (DEM) analyses, including hypsometry and longitudinal profiles, and comparison with the evolution of fluvial landscapes can be made using a landscape evolution model. These techniques demonstrate that the evolution of glaciated landscapes is not a simple function of regional climate change. In smaller drainage basins in the eastern Sierra Nevada, California, glaciers have generated modest relief, and have incised the valley floor at higher elevations. In larger drainage basins, where accumulation areas are greater and the rainshadow effect is less, glaciers have carved a strikingly different morphology. There is more relief, and valley floor incision occurs at much lower elevations. The Sangre de Cristo Range, Colorado, has evolved similarly, although with pronounced asymmetry, caused by the prevailing winds from the west. Accumulation of wind-blown snow on the eastern side of the range causes much more substantial erosion and deposition of spectacular moraines. In more tectonically active regions, such as the Southern Alps of New Zealand, and the Nanga Parbat region of Pakistan, smaller glacial valley floors steepen in response to rapid rock uplift, whereas larger glaciers maintain shallow gradients despite rapid rock uplift. Hillslope processes are apparently slower than valley floor incision, at least for some period, allowing dramatic relief production and decoupling of valley floor and hillslope processes. Potential causes of the nonlinear response of basins of different sizes to regional climate cooling include the increased longevity and discharge of larger glaciers, and their more complex subglacial hydrology.

  17. Dating of Malaysian fluvial tin placers

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    Batchelor, Daud A. F.

    The richest tin placers in Malaysiafluviatile and piedmont fan placersformed mainly within the "Boulder Beds" (BB fan facies), "Old Alluvium" (OA alluvial plain facies) and "Transitional Unit" (TU) which are regional lithostratigraphic units that can be correlated throughout western Peninsular Malaysia. Palaeomagnetic studies show that the TU was deposited during the early part of the Brunhes Normal Polarity Epoch (0-0.73 Ma) whereas the OA and BB mainly formed during the Matuyama Reversed Epoch (0.73-2.48 Ma). Present environments are mostly unfavorable for tin placer formation. Economic placers are generally covered on land by Young Alluvium (YA) overburden or are submerged offshore. As many of the rich OA/BB near-source placers are now largely worked out, the transported TU fluvial placers are becoming more important economically. The latest Pliocene to Mid Pleistocene period represented the principal phase of economic tin placer formation. Evidence from palaeomagnetism and the stratigraphic context of placers, and the relationship between sea level change, climatic change and placer genesis, suggest that the bulk of OA placers formed during a Lower Pleistocene interglacial period. A Mid Pleistocene age for TU placers is indicated by vertebrate fossils, palaeomagnetism, and their stratigraphic position below Upper Quaternary YA and above OA which is older than 0.73 Ma.

  18. Paleosols as exploration tool for fluvial reservoirs

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    Kraus, M.J.; Uhlir, D.M.

    1989-03-01

    Well log or coring programs typically focus on fluvial sand bodies rather than nonproducing overbank deposits. The Ecoene Willwood Formation in Wyoming demonstrates the potential of paleosols that formed on overbank deposits for predicting the location and geometry of channel-sand bodies. Nearly all Willwood overbank deposits were pedogenically modified and consist of vertically stacked paleosols. Five types are distinguished on the basis of features recognizable in core, including color, color sequence and contacts, nodules, and geochemical properties. They represent different stages of maturity and show a progressive lateral transition from the least to the most mature with increase distance from a coeval channel sandstone. Therefore, a specific paleosol type provides an approximation of distance to a channel-sand body. Immature paleosols are abundant close to ancient channel systems and highlight possible reservoirs. This is potentially useful in predicting the trend of ribbon sand bodies, which are difficult to correlate. Vertical sequences of paleosols show upward changes in maturity over tens of meters that record the direction the channel and resulting sand body moved through time. The maturity of larger packages of paleosols varies with basin subsidence. Packages of less mature paleosols characterize more rapidly subsiding areas of a basin, where channels tend to locate Paleosol maturity trends across a basin can also help establish basin axis location. In addition, sand-body geometry is partly regulated by subsidence rate. The maturity of paleosols in a particular stratigraphic interval is a good indication of subsidence rate and thus sand-body geometry.

  19. Erosion of biofilm-bound fluvial sediments

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    Vignaga, Elisa; Sloan, David M.; Luo, Xiaoyu; Haynes, Heather; Phoenix, Vernon R.; Sloan, William T.

    2013-09-01

    The movement of fluvial sediment shapes our rivers. Understanding sediment entrainment has been a goal of hydraulic engineers for almost a century. Previous sediment entrainment models have been informed by laboratory experiments using grains that were free from biological material. In natural river settings, however, sediments are invariably covered by bacteria, often forming visible biofilms, which comprise diverse consortia of species housed in sticky extracellular polysaccharides. Here we report experiments in a laboratory flume with cyanobacteria grown over sediment. We show that the prevailing model, where grains roll over one another at some critical threshold in shear velocity, does not hold for biofilm-bound sediments. Instead, biostabilized sediment behaves more like an elastic membrane. Fluid flow produces oscillations in the membrane, which can become unstable. Beyond a particular threshold in velocity, the membrane fails catastrophically by ripping and clumps of biofilm-bound sediment become entrained. We use a mathematical model of an oscillating membrane in incompressible flow to show that unstable oscillations will occur over a wide range of elastic material properties at realistic river flow velocities. We find that the horizontal length scale over which oscillations occur is a controlling factor for incipient sediment entrainment of biostabilized sediments.

  20. Linking fluvial bed sediment transport across scales

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    Zhang, Yong; Meerschaert, Mark M.; Packman, Aaron I.

    2012-10-01

    We present a new random walk model for bed load sediment transport that explains the scale-dependency generally observed in transport rates and captures the transient anomalous dispersion often seen in rivers. Particles alternate between mobile and resting phases, with a tempered stable probability distribution for both particle step length and resting time. Tempered fractional mobile-immobile differential equations model the ensemble average of particle dynamics. The model is tested against data from three sediment dispersion experiments. Using tempering in both space and time, the new model is able to capture the full range of observed ensemble particle dynamics. The random walk model illuminates the physical meaning of all transport parameters in the mobile-immobile equations and explains transitions between observed super-diffusive, sub-diffusive, and regular diffusive ensemble particle dynamics. By explicitly predicting the effects of spatial and temporal averaging on particle dynamics, this method can be used to link observations of fluvial sediment dynamics across scales. This approach is also generally applicable to a wide variety of geophysical and ecological dynamics, such as ecological dispersal, pathogen transmission in rivers, nutrient export from watersheds, and large-scale geomorphodynamics associated with infrequent phenomena such as avalanches and turbidity currents.

  1. Bar morphodynamics in the tidally-influenced fluvial zone

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    Parsons, Daniel; Ashworth, Philip; Best, James; Nicholas, Andrew; Prokocki, Eric; Sambrook-Smith, Greg; Keevil, Claire; Sandbach, Steve

    2015-04-01

    The hydrodynamics and deposits of the Tidally-Influenced Fluvial Zone (TIFZ) are complex because it experiences competing fluvial and tidal flows and spatially and temporally variable rates of sediment transport and deposition. This paper presents a new integrated field dataset from the Columbia River Estuary, USA, that quantifies the morphodynamic response the bed morphology and bar stratigraphy to fluvial-tidal flows. A 3-year, field and modelling program that started in 2011, has been monitoring the dynamics and deposits of a 40 km-reach of the Columbia River Estuary. Data obtained so far throughout the TIFZ include: bathymetry using MBES, flow using ADCP, subsurface sedimentology using GPR and shallow coring to 5 m. Initial results from the programme suggest there is a complex spatial and temporal lag in the response of the bed morphology and deposits to the fluvial-tidal flows. Zones of strong ebb and flood flow do not necessarily produce channel beds dominated by bi-directional bedforms. Many mid-channel bars are stable over decadal time periods. This paper will illustrate the variety in bar morphologies and channel change throughout the fluvial-tidal zone and contrast these bar dynamics with examples from purely fluvial environments.

  2. Fluvial erosion on Mars: Implications for paleoclimatic change

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    Gulick, Virginia C.; Baker, Victor R.

    1993-01-01

    Fluvial erosion on Mars has been nonuniform in both time and space. Viking orbiter images reveal a variety of different aged terrains exhibiting widely different degrees of erosion. Based on our terrestrial analog studies, rates of fluvial erosion associated with the formation of many of the valleys on Mars is probably on the order of hundreds of meters per million years, while rates of erosion associated with the formation of the outflow channels probably ranged from tens to hundreds of meters in several weeks to months. However, estimated rates of erosion of the Martian surface at the Viking Lander sites are extremely low, on the order of 1 micron/yr or less. At most this would result in a meter of material removed per million years, and it is unlikely that such an erosion rate would be able to produce the degree of geomorphic work required to form the fluvial features present elsewhere on the surface. In addition, single terrain units are not eroded uniformly by fluvial processes. Instead fluvial valleys, particularly in the cratered highlands, typically are situated in clusters surrounded by vast expanses of uneroded surfaces of the same apparent lithologic, structural, and hydrological setting. Clearly throughout its geologic history, Mars has experienced a nonuniformity in erosion rates. By estimating the amount of fluvial erosion on dissected terrains and by studying the spatial distribution of those locations which have experienced above normal erosion rates, it should be possible to place further constraints on Mars' paleoclimatic history.

  3. Distributive Fluvial Systems of the Chaco Plain - Satellite Image Assessment of Fluvial Form and Facies Distributions

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    Weissmann, G. S.; Hartley, A. J.; Scuderi, L.; Bhattacharyya, P.; Buehler, H.; Leleu, S.; Mather, A.

    2009-12-01

    Distributive fluvial systems (DFS) dominate fluvial deposition inside modern continental sedimentary basins and are particularly extensive in modern foreland basins. The largest of these DFS are found in the Chaco Plain, Andean Foreland Basin, South America. We use published literature, field and satellite data (Landsat, Modis, and SRTM) to construct preliminary hypotheses about the geomorphic form and fluvial facies distributions on the DFSs in this basin. The Pilcomayo River DFS extends over 700 km from apex to toe. The river enters the DFS apex as a large braided river with a bankfull channel width of 2500 m. Gravels and cobbles occur in terraces cut through the apex. At ~70-km downstream the bankfull channel width is ~2000 m and the channel is dominated by fine sand with cut banks 2-3 m high. The proximal channel belt is surrounded by floodplain sediments, however many sandy abandoned channel belts are present across the DFS, indicating a mobile channel system. Abandoned channels have a similar form to the modern channel, with minor reworking by underfit meandering streams. At ~75-km downfan, the river system diminishes in size (bankfull channel width up to 2 km but generally <1.5 km) and becomes increasingly sinuous in planform. This point appears to serve as a node for a series of recently abandoned meander belts and splays associated with discrete channels surrounded by floodplain material. At 100 km downstream the planform is highly sinuous and bankfull width has decreased to 1500 m or less. Downstream of this area abandoned meander belts dominate along the flanks of the modern channel with oxbow lakes present adjacent to the active channel. At 150 km downstream the bankfull channel belt width is 500 m or less and the river bifurcates into splays and multiple active channels which extend downstream for a further 200 km. Vegetation maps derived from Modis imagery indicate an increase in tree density around the DFS at this elevation (230 m). Along the distal portion of the DFS, a springline at ~150 m elevation separates the upper, well drained, aridisol dominated dry Chaco area of the DFS from the poorly drained wet Chaco at the toe. Channels below this line remain wet, are mud-dominated, and associated soils are hydromorphic. At the termination of the DFS the main Pilcomayo channel has a bankfull width of 120 m with sediments consisting of interbedded fine sand and mudstone. The observations from the Pilcomayo can serve as important analogues for the development of DFS in ancient foreland basin successions, particularly the recognition of the radial distribution of distinct facies types and the downstream changes in soil types associated with the spring line.

  4. Global effects of agriculture on fluvial dissolved organic matter

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    Graeber, Daniel; Boëchat, Iola G.; Encina-Montoya, Francisco; Esse, Carlos; Gelbrecht, Jörg; Goyenola, Guillermo; Gücker, Björn; Heinz, Marlen; Kronvang, Brian; Meerhoff, Mariana; Nimptsch, Jorge; Pusch, Martin T.; Silva, Ricky C. S.; von Schiller, Daniel; Zwirnmann, Elke

    2015-11-01

    Agricultural land covers approximately 40% of Earth’s land surface and affects hydromorphological, biogeochemical and ecological characteristics of fluvial networks. In the northern temperate region, agriculture also strongly affects the amount and molecular composition of dissolved organic matter (DOM), which constitutes the main vector of carbon transport from soils to fluvial networks and to the sea, and is involved in a large variety of biogeochemical processes. Here, we provide first evidence about the wider occurrence of agricultural impacts on the concentration and composition of fluvial DOM across climate zones of the northern and southern hemispheres. Both extensive and intensive farming altered fluvial DOM towards a more microbial and less plant-derived composition. Moreover, intensive farming significantly increased dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) concentrations. The DOM composition change and DON concentration increase differed among climate zones and could be related to the intensity of current and historical nitrogen fertilizer use. As a result of agriculture intensification, increased DON concentrations and a more microbial-like DOM composition likely will enhance the reactivity of catchment DOM emissions, thereby fuelling the biogeochemical processing in fluvial networks, and resulting in higher ecosystem productivity and CO2 outgassing.

  5. Global effects of agriculture on fluvial dissolved organic matter.

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    Graeber, Daniel; Boëchat, Iola G; Encina-Montoya, Francisco; Esse, Carlos; Gelbrecht, Jörg; Goyenola, Guillermo; Gücker, Björn; Heinz, Marlen; Kronvang, Brian; Meerhoff, Mariana; Nimptsch, Jorge; Pusch, Martin T; Silva, Ricky C S; von Schiller, Daniel; Zwirnmann, Elke

    2015-01-01

    Agricultural land covers approximately 40% of Earth's land surface and affects hydromorphological, biogeochemical and ecological characteristics of fluvial networks. In the northern temperate region, agriculture also strongly affects the amount and molecular composition of dissolved organic matter (DOM), which constitutes the main vector of carbon transport from soils to fluvial networks and to the sea, and is involved in a large variety of biogeochemical processes. Here, we provide first evidence about the wider occurrence of agricultural impacts on the concentration and composition of fluvial DOM across climate zones of the northern and southern hemispheres. Both extensive and intensive farming altered fluvial DOM towards a more microbial and less plant-derived composition. Moreover, intensive farming significantly increased dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) concentrations. The DOM composition change and DON concentration increase differed among climate zones and could be related to the intensity of current and historical nitrogen fertilizer use. As a result of agriculture intensification, increased DON concentrations and a more microbial-like DOM composition likely will enhance the reactivity of catchment DOM emissions, thereby fuelling the biogeochemical processing in fluvial networks, and resulting in higher ecosystem productivity and CO2 outgassing. PMID:26541809

  6. Global effects of agriculture on fluvial dissolved organic matter

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    Graeber, Daniel; Boëchat, Iola G.; Encina-Montoya, Francisco; Esse, Carlos; Gelbrecht, Jörg; Goyenola, Guillermo; Gücker, Björn; Heinz, Marlen; Kronvang, Brian; Meerhoff, Mariana; Nimptsch, Jorge; Pusch, Martin T.; Silva, Ricky C. S.; von Schiller, Daniel; Zwirnmann, Elke

    2015-01-01

    Agricultural land covers approximately 40% of Earth’s land surface and affects hydromorphological, biogeochemical and ecological characteristics of fluvial networks. In the northern temperate region, agriculture also strongly affects the amount and molecular composition of dissolved organic matter (DOM), which constitutes the main vector of carbon transport from soils to fluvial networks and to the sea, and is involved in a large variety of biogeochemical processes. Here, we provide first evidence about the wider occurrence of agricultural impacts on the concentration and composition of fluvial DOM across climate zones of the northern and southern hemispheres. Both extensive and intensive farming altered fluvial DOM towards a more microbial and less plant-derived composition. Moreover, intensive farming significantly increased dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) concentrations. The DOM composition change and DON concentration increase differed among climate zones and could be related to the intensity of current and historical nitrogen fertilizer use. As a result of agriculture intensification, increased DON concentrations and a more microbial-like DOM composition likely will enhance the reactivity of catchment DOM emissions, thereby fuelling the biogeochemical processing in fluvial networks, and resulting in higher ecosystem productivity and CO2 outgassing. PMID:26541809

  7. 72. Headgates for Agua Fria project canal on east end ...

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    72. Headgates for Agua Fria project canal on east end of diversion dam. Photographer Mark Durben. Source: Salt River Project. - Waddell Dam, On Agua Fria River, 35 miles northwest of Phoenix, Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ

  8. 54. Downstream face of Agua Fria project's diversion dam showing ...

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    54. Downstream face of Agua Fria project's diversion dam showing initial masonry construction and poured concrete capping. Photographer Mark Durben, 1986. Source: Salt River Project. - Waddell Dam, On Agua Fria River, 35 miles northwest of Phoenix, Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ

  9. 61. View of the Agua Fria River stream bed from ...

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    61. View of the Agua Fria River stream bed from atop Waddell Dam. Photographer Mark Durben. Source: Salt River Project. - Waddell Dam, On Agua Fria River, 35 miles northwest of Phoenix, Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ

  10. 74. View of flume crossing the Agua Fria River from ...

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    74. View of flume crossing the Agua Fria River from the east embankment. Photographer Mark Durben. Source: Salt River Project. - Waddell Dam, On Agua Fria River, 35 miles northwest of Phoenix, Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ

  11. Fluvial network organization imprints on microbial co-occurrence networks

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    Widder, Stefanie; Besemer, Katharina; Singer, Gabriel A.; Ceola, Serena; Bertuzzo, Enrico; Quince, Christopher; Sloan, William T.; Rinaldo, Andrea; Battin, Tom J.

    2014-01-01

    Recent studies highlight linkages among the architecture of ecological networks, their persistence facing environmental disturbance, and the related patterns of biodiversity. A hitherto unresolved question is whether the structure of the landscape inhabited by organisms leaves an imprint on their ecological networks. We analyzed, based on pyrosequencing profiling of the biofilm communities in 114 streams, how features inherent to fluvial networks affect the co-occurrence networks that the microorganisms form in these biofilms. Our findings suggest that hydrology and metacommunity dynamics, both changing predictably across fluvial networks, affect the fragmentation of the microbial co-occurrence networks throughout the fluvial network. The loss of taxa from co-occurrence networks demonstrates that the removal of gatekeepers disproportionately contributed to network fragmentation, which has potential implications for the functions biofilms fulfill in stream ecosystems. Our findings are critical because of increased anthropogenic pressures deteriorating stream ecosystem integrity and biodiversity. PMID:25136087

  12. Fluvial network organization imprints on microbial co-occurrence networks.

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    Widder, Stefanie; Besemer, Katharina; Singer, Gabriel A; Ceola, Serena; Bertuzzo, Enrico; Quince, Christopher; Sloan, William T; Rinaldo, Andrea; Battin, Tom J

    2014-09-01

    Recent studies highlight linkages among the architecture of ecological networks, their persistence facing environmental disturbance, and the related patterns of biodiversity. A hitherto unresolved question is whether the structure of the landscape inhabited by organisms leaves an imprint on their ecological networks. We analyzed, based on pyrosequencing profiling of the biofilm communities in 114 streams, how features inherent to fluvial networks affect the co-occurrence networks that the microorganisms form in these biofilms. Our findings suggest that hydrology and metacommunity dynamics, both changing predictably across fluvial networks, affect the fragmentation of the microbial co-occurrence networks throughout the fluvial network. The loss of taxa from co-occurrence networks demonstrates that the removal of gatekeepers disproportionately contributed to network fragmentation, which has potential implications for the functions biofilms fulfill in stream ecosystems. Our findings are critical because of increased anthropogenic pressures deteriorating stream ecosystem integrity and biodiversity. PMID:25136087

  13. Fluvial to Lacustrine Facies Transitions in Gale Crater, Mars

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    Sumner, Dawn Y.; Williams, Rebecca M. E.; Schieber, Juergen; Palucis, Marisa C.; Oehler, Dorothy Z.; Mangold, Nicolas; Kah, Linda C.; Gupta, Sanjeev; Grotzinger, John P.; Grant, John A., III; Edgar, Lauren A.; Dietrich, William E.

    2015-01-01

    NASA's Curiosity rover has documented predominantly fluvial sedimentary rocks along its path from the landing site to the toe of the Peace Vallis alluvial fan (0.5 km to the east) and then along its 8 km traverse across Aeolis Palus to the base of Aeolis Mons (Mount Sharp). Lacustrine facies have been identified at the toe of the Peace Vallis fan and in the lowermost geological unit exposed on Aeolis Mons. These two depositional systems provide end members for martian fluvial/alluvial-lacustrine facies models. The Peace Vallis system consisted of an 80 square kilometers alluvial fan with decimeter-thick, laterally continuous fluvial sandstones with few sedimentary structures. The thin lacustrine unit associated with the fan is interpreted as deposited in a small lake associated with fan runoff. In contrast, fluvial facies exposed over most of Curiosity's traverse to Aeolis Mons consist of sandstones with common dune-scale cross stratification (including trough cross stratification), interbedded conglomerates, and rare paleochannels. Along the southwest portion of the traverse, sandstone facies include south-dipping meter-scale clinoforms that are interbedded with finer-grained mudstone facies, interpreted as lacustrine. Sedimentary structures in these deposits are consistent with deltaic deposits. Deltaic deposition is also suggested by the scale of fluvial to lacustrine facies transitions, which occur over greater than 100 m laterally and greater than 10 m vertically. The large scale of the transitions and the predicted thickness of lacustrine deposits based on orbital mapping require deposition in a substantial river-lake system over an extended interval of time. Thus, the lowermost, and oldest, sedimentary rocks in Gale Crater suggest the presence of substantial fluvial flow into a long-lived lake. In contrast, the Peace Vallis alluvial fan onlaps these older deposits and overlies a major unconformity. It is one of the youngest deposits in the crater, and requires only short-lived, transient flows.

  14. Progressive Poleward Migration of Fluvial Processes on Titan

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    Moore, Jeffrey M.; Howard, A. D.

    2012-04-01

    Titan may have acquired its massive atmosphere relatively recently in solar system history. The warming sun may have been key to generating Titans atmosphere over time, starting from a thin atmosphere with condensed surface volatiles like Triton, with increased luminosity releasing methane, and then large amounts of nitrogen (perhaps suddenly), into the atmosphere This thick atmosphere, initially with much more methane than at present, resulted in global fluvial erosion that has over time retreated towards the poles with the removal of methane from the atmosphere. Basement rock, as manifested by bright, rough, ridges, scarps, crenulated blocks, or aligned massifs, mostly appears within 30 of the equator. This landscape was intensely eroded by fluvial processes as evidenced by numerous valley systems, fan-like depositional features and regularly-spaced ridges (crenulated terrain). Much of this bedrock landscape, however, is mantled by dunes, suggesting that fluvial erosion no longer dominates in equatorial regions. High mid-latitude regions on Titan exhibit dissected sedimentary plains at a number of localities, suggesting deposition (perhaps by sediment eroded from equatorial regions) followed by erosion. These dissected plains may be evidence for the poleward retreat of rain erosion. The polar regions are mainly dominated by deposits of fluvial and lacustrine sediment. Fluvial processes are active in polar areas as evidenced by alkane lakes and occasional cloud cover. Figure 1. High mid-latitude region exhibiting a partially-dissected surface (Dissected Plateau). The dissection is interpreted to be fluvial due to dendritic valleys draining southward. The undissected surface to the left Upper Plain may be alluvial lowlands or an undissected part of the plateau bordering it to the right. The smooth radar-dark surface in center right is suggested to be Alluvial Lowlands because it is crossed by several broad, sinuous valleys or channels (arrow). Portion of swath T39, ~50S, 210W.

  15. River Self-Restoration: Interactions between Plants and Fluvial Processes

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    Gurnell, Angela

    2014-05-01

    This paper presents evidence from European rivers of the nature and consequences of plant-fluvial process interactions. While the examples are representative of different climates, riparian and aquatic plant species, and river geomorphological types, they are linked by a general conceptual model of plant-fluvial process interactions that can be adapted to local conditions. Riparian and aquatic plants both affect and respond to fluvial processes. Their above ground biomass modifies the flow field and retains sediment, whereas their below-ground biomass affects the hydraulic and mechanical properties of the substrate and consequently the moisture regime and erodibility of the land surface. At the same time plants are disturbed, removed and buried by fluvial processes. Thus the margins of river systems provide a critical zone where plants and fluvial processes interact to produce a diverse mosaic of dynamic landforms that are characteristic of naturally-functioning river ecosystems. It is important to understand these interactions between aquatic and riparian plants and fluvial processes, and to recognize how they contribute to trajectories of natural river channel recovery from human interventions. The interactions have a significant influence on river systems across space scales from individual plants to entire river corridors. Plant-scale phenomena structure patch-scale geomorphological forms and processes. Interactions between patches contribute to larger-scale and longer-term river geomorphological phenomena. Furthermore, the influence of plants varies through time as above and below ground biomass alter within the annual growth cycle, over longer-term growth trajectories, and in response to drivers of change such as climatic and hydrological fluctuations and extremes. If river management and restoration works with these natural interactions and recovery processes, outcomes have the best chance of being cost-effective and sustainable.

  16. Fluvial-deltaic sedimentation and stratigraphy of the ferron sandstone

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    Anderson, P.B.; Chidsey, T.C., Jr.; Ryer, T.A.

    1997-01-01

    East-central Utah has world-class outcrops of dominantly fluvial-deltaic Turonian to Coniacian aged strata deposited in the Cretaceous foreland basin. The Ferron Sandstone Member of the Mancos Shale records the influences of both tidal and wave energy on fluvial-dominated deltas on the western margin of the Cretaceous western interior seaway. Revisions of the stratigraphy are proposed for the Ferron Sandstone. Facies representing a variety of environments of deposition are well exposed, including delta-front, strandline, marginal marine, and coastal-plain. Some of these facies are described in detail for use in petroleum reservoir characterization and include permeability structure.

  17. Evidence from Fluvial Deposits for Changes in Water Surface Levels of a Sea or Large Lake at Aeolis Dorsa, Mars

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    Cardenas, B. T.; Mohrig, D.

    2014-07-01

    Fluvial deposits at Aeolis Dorsa are arranged in a stratigraphic sequence common to the fluvial fill of incised valleys on Earth. On Earth, this type of fluvial stratigraphy is a common response to ocean level falls and rises.

  18. The Persistence of Fluvial Features on Clasts: Results of Wind Tunnel Abrasion Experiments

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    Bourke, M. C.; Nicoli, J.; Viles, H. A.; Holmlund, J.

    2007-03-01

    Wind tunnel experiments show that there is differential persistence of fluvial transport signatures on clasts. We identify features, diagnostic of fluvial transport, that may survive in a muted form or have been loci for enhanced aeolian abrasion on Mars.

  19. 2. William Beardsley standing along the Agua Fria River near ...

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    2. William Beardsley standing along the Agua Fria River near construction site of the Agua Fria project. Photographer James Dix Schuyler, 1903. Source: Schuyler, James D. 'Report on the Water Supply of the Agua Fria River, and the Storage Reservoir Project of the Agua Fria Water and Land Company For Irrigation in the Gila River Valley, Arizona,' (September 29, 1903). Arizona Historical Collection, Hayden Library, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. (Typewritten.) - Waddell Dam, On Agua Fria River, 35 miles northwest of Phoenix, Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ

  20. 7. Photocopy of map of the Agua Fria Valley and ...

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    7. Photocopy of map of the Agua Fria Valley and lands to be irrigated by the Agua Fria Water and Land Company. Photographer Mark Durben, 1987 Source: 'Map of the Agua Fria Valley and the Western Portion of the Salt River Valley Showing the System of Reservoirs and Canals of the Agua Fria Water and Land Company and the Land to be Irrigated Thereby 160,000 Acres of New Land to be Reclaimed in the Maricopa County, Arizona Territory,' (Brochure) Union Photo Engraving Company, c. 1895, Salt River Project Research Archives, Tempe, Arizona. - Waddell Dam, On Agua Fria River, 35 miles northwest of Phoenix, Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ

  1. Heavy mineral analyses as a powerful tool in fluvial geomorphology

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    von Suchodoletz, Hans; Grtner, Andreas; Faust, Dominik

    2014-05-01

    The Marneuli depression is a tectonic sub-basin of the Transcaucasian depression in eastern Georgia, filled with several decametres of fluvial, lacustrine and aeolian Quaternary sediments. In order to reconstruct past landscape evolution of the region we studied Late Quaternary fluvial sediments found along several rivers that flow through that depression. Whereas Holocene river sediments could generally easily be assigned to corresponding rivers, this was not always the case for older fluvial sediments. For this reason, we studied the heavy mineral contents of five recent rivers and of four sedimentary deposits of potential precursors. A total of 4088 analysed heavy mineral grains enabled us to set up the characteristic heavy mineral distribution pattern for each sample. Using these data, we were able to reconstruct the most likely source areas of the Late Pleistocene fluvial sediments and to link them with the catchment areas of recent rivers. This allowed us to identify and to substantiate significant Late Quaternary river diversions that could at least partly be assigned to ongoing tectonic processes.

  2. Bank stability analysis for fluvial erosion and mass failure

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    The central objective of this study was to highlight the differences in magnitude between mechanical and fluvial streambank erosional strength with the purpose of developing a more comprehensive bank stability analysis. Mechanical erosion and ultimately failure signifies the general movement or coll...

  3. Architectural studies of Jurassic-Cretaceous fluvial units, Colorado Plateau

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    Miall, A.D.; Bromley, M.H.; Cowan, E.J.; Turner-Peterson, C.E.

    1989-03-01

    A sixfold hierarchy of architectural elements and bounding surfaces evolved from outcrop studies of three fluvial units: Westwater Canyon member (WCM), Morrison Formation, Upper Jurassic; Torrivio sandstone member (TSM), Gallup Sandstone, Upper Cretaceous, northwestern New Mexico; and Kayenta Formation (KF), Lower Jurassic, southwestern Colorado. This hierarchy is discussed.

  4. The Australian Paleoflood Model for Unconfined Fluvial Deposition on Mars

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    Bourke, M. C.; Zimbelman, J. R.

    2001-01-01

    Paleoflood deposits in central Australia represent a new model for possible fluvial deposits on Mars. The distinct Australian assemblage of landforms and sediments is used to identify potential unconfined paleoflood deposits in Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) images of Mars. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  5. The Pliocene and Quaternary fluvial archives of the Rhine system

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    Boenigk, Wolfgang; Frechen, Manfred

    2006-03-01

    The River Rhine is one of the few major fluvial systems that connect the areas of the Alpine glaciers and Scandinavian ice sheet and so provides a key for correlating the two glacial areas in northern and middle Europe. The fluvial sequences of the Rhine Valley include at least 11 Pleistocene terraces in the Lower Rhine area, 2 Pliocene and 12 Pleistocene terraces in the Middle Rhine area resulting in 15 different Pliocene and Pleistocene terraces based on the correlation between Lower and Middle Rhine. The formation of fluvial terraces is significantly influenced by climatic and tectonic processes. The terrace staircases are a result of uplift in the Middle Rhine area and the southern part of the Lower Rhine area, whereas subsidence in the northern part of the Lower Rhine area resulted in buried stacked sequences. Magnetostratigraphic data provide chronological constraints for the terrace deposits in the Lower Rhine embayment and Middle Rhine region. The Matuyama/Brunhes boundary is a reliable marker horizon for the Upper Terrace fluvial deposits exposed in the Krlich clay pit in the Middle Rhine area. The first appearance of volcanic heavy mineral grains in the terrace sediments, in loess and soils can be correlated from the Middle Rhine area through the Lower Rhine embayment to the Netherlands. The first occurrence of Nordic components in terrace sediments of the Lower Rhine area is known from gravel on top of the Kempen-Krefeld beds and so are younger than the Holsteinian but older than the penultimate glaciation. In the lower Middle Rhine area, 40Ar/ 39Ar dating of tephra layers intercalated in the aeolian and fluvial sediments provide age constraints. The Upper Pleistocene aeolian sediments overlying the terrace deposits have been dated by luminescence methods, and the tephra from the Laacher See eruption (12,860 BP) is present in the Younger Lower Terrace deposits.

  6. A classification scheme for fluvial-aeolian system interaction in desert-margin settings

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    Al-Masrahy, Mohammed A.; Mountney, Nigel P.

    2015-06-01

    This study examines 130 case examples from 60 desert regions to propose a generalised framework to account for the diverse types of interaction known to exist between active aeolian and fluvial depositional systems at modern dune-field margins. Results demonstrate the significance of aeolian and fluvial system type, orientation of aeolian versus fluvial landforms, distribution of open versus closed interdune corridors, and fluvial flow processes in controlling the distance and type of penetration of fluvial systems into aeolian dune fields. Ten distinct types of fluvial-aeolian interaction are recognised: fluvial incursions aligned parallel to trend of linear chains of aeolian dune forms; fluvial incursions oriented perpendicular trend of aeolian dunes; bifurcation of fluvial flow between isolated aeolian dune forms; through-going fluvial channel networks that cross entire aeolian dune fields; flooding of dune fields due to regionally elevated water-table levels associated with fluvial floods; fluvial incursions emanating from a single point source into dune fields; incursions emanating from multiple sheet sources; cessation of the encroachment of entire aeolian dune fields by fluvial systems; termination of fluvial channel networks in aeolian dune fields; long-lived versus short-lived modes of fluvial incursion. Quantitative relationships describing spatial rates of change of desert-margin landforms are presented. The physical boundaries between geomorphic systems are dynamic: assemblages of surface landforms may change gradationally or abruptly over short spatial and temporal scales. Generalised models for the classification of types of interaction have application to the interpretation of ancient preserved successions, especially those known only from the subsurface.

  7. From archive to process in past fluvial systems

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    Dikau, R.

    2009-04-01

    The reconstruction of sediment fluxes through palaeo ecological systems is based on effect (sediment record) - cause (soil erosion, fluvial transport, sediment deposition) relationships using abduction as central methodology. In philosophy of science abduction means, that the effect of a palaeo process is known. e.g. a recent sediment body including specific properties of this archive. There are, however, potentially a range of laws that could be applied to explain the cause, e.g. a human or a climatic impact or internal system behaviour. From a methodological point of view this means that the coupling of cause and effect has to consider several potential starting points of the sediment flux system and a range of laws or explanations which increases the degree of uncertainty significantly. Particularly in modelling plaeo sediment flux systems no reliable transfer functions exist which translate sediment archive properties into flux processes. This general methodological challenge for reconstructing palaeo systems is a particular problem in fluvial systems. Fluvial systems act as a filter whose properties for past time scales are widely unknown. This represents a decoupled cause-effect relationship. The filter function of these system types means, that the external signal that drives the sediment flux record cannot be read directly from that record and that e.g. climatic hypotheses eventually are not testable. The methodology to link archive and process therefore requires spatially-structured storage and release models including abductive interpretation laws for internal feedbacks, thresholds and complex non-linear dynamics. Based on these arguments the aim this presentation is a discussion of a methodological framework in past fluvial system understanding.

  8. Headwaters are critical reservoirs of microbial diversity for fluvial networks

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    Besemer, Katharina; Singer, Gabriel; Quince, Christopher; Bertuzzo, Enrico; Sloan, William; Battin, Tom J.

    2013-01-01

    Streams and rivers form conspicuous networks on the Earth and are among nature's most effective integrators. Their dendritic structure reaches into the terrestrial landscape and accumulates water and sediment en route from abundant headwater streams to a single river mouth. The prevailing view over the last decades has been that biological diversity also accumulates downstream. Here, we show that this pattern does not hold for fluvial biofilms, which are the dominant mode of microbial life in streams and rivers and which fulfil critical ecosystem functions therein. Using 454 pyrosequencing on benthic biofilms from 114 streams, we found that microbial diversity decreased from headwaters downstream and especially at confluences. We suggest that the local environment and biotic interactions may modify the influence of metacommunity connectivity on local biofilm biodiversity throughout the network. In addition, there was a high degree of variability in species composition among headwater streams that could not be explained by geographical distance between catchments. This suggests that the dendritic nature of fluvial networks constrains the distributional patterns of microbial diversity similar to that of animals. Our observations highlight the contributions that headwaters make in the maintenance of microbial biodiversity in fluvial networks. PMID:24089333

  9. A Search for Unconfined Fluvial Outflow Deposits on Mars

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    Zimbelman, J. R.; Bourke, M. C.

    2000-01-01

    Fluvial processes have been active during a large portion of Martian history, as evidenced by a variety of erosional features, ranging from concentrations of small channels to scour features generated by floods that affected enormous areas on Mars. Most research efforts prior to Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) focused on channelized reaches since these were some of the most convincing fluvial features on the planet. Since MGS reached its planned mapping orbit in 1999, a new era of Mars exploration has been opened. The m-scale resolution of the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC), the precise elevation measurements of the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA), and the compositional constraints derived from the Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) allows one now to search for deposits as well as erosional landforms. Here we describe our initial efforts at a search for deposits on Mars where flow was no longer confined within a topographic channel. We are using both new MGS and existing Viking data, in conjunction with field results of fluvial deposits in unconfined reaches from central Australia and elsewhere as analogues for the deposit characteristics to search for on Mars. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  10. Discrepancy between fluvial incision and erosion rates in Pamir

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    Fuchs, Margret; Gloaguen, Richard; Pohl, Eric

    2015-04-01

    Understanding mountain evolution relies on quantitative estimates of surface processes. Variations in magnitude allow to decipher the control of tectonic and climatic factors. However, significant discrepancies exist between fluvial incision and erosion rates in Pamir. Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL)-based terrace incision along the Panj at the western Pamir margin outpaces cosmogenic nuclide (CN)-based erosion of marginal basins by up to 10 times. Differences in the captured time interval of both methods are not convincing to explain the contrast. The millennial erosion rates are highest (1.0 - 1.5 mm/yr) where long-term (104 years) fluvial incision is moderate (2 - 5 mm/yr). In contrast, erosion is lower (~0.8 mm/yr) where incision is highest (7 - 10 mm/yr), although the millennial scale of rates suggests to represent the most recent stage of adjustment to base level lowering. Analyses of fluvial incision and erosion patterns in Pamir reveal differing control factors. The longitudinal profile and valley profiles of the Panj highlight links between fluvial incision and tectonic structures. Several river captures across Pamir domes correspond to intense incision, while southern dome boundaries coincide with base levels of successive river segments. The interpretation of river captures implies sudden base level drops for basins at the Pamir margins. The generally high erosion at the Pamir margins (0.5 - 1.5 mm/yr) correlate with the resulting steep slopes (0.75 quartiles of values within a basin) with an R2 of ~0.8. The coincidence of the highest erosion rates with increased moisture supply from the Westerlies indicates an additional role of precipitation that becomes evident in multiple linear regression of erosion with the 0.75 quartiles of steep slopes and precipitation (R2 of 0.93). Hence, steep slopes are the primary precondition for high erosion, but sufficient winter precipitation (snow) and the related concentrated discharge during the melting season are needed for an efficient sediment transport out of basins. Accordingly, the discrepancy between erosion in marginal basins and fluvial incision along the Panj is lowest (~2 - 3 times) where a minimum of precipitation facilitates the sediment transport from hillslopes into the river channels and out of basins. We propose that river captures are responsible for the strong base level drop driving the incision along the Panj and consequently, initiate steep hillslopes that will contribute to high erosion at the Pamir margins. Precipitation may act as limiting factor to hillslope adjustment and consequently to erosion processes.

  11. Estuarine fluvial floodplain formation in the Holocene Lower Tagus valley (Central Portugal) and implications for Quaternary fluvial system evolution

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    van der Schriek, Tim; Passmore, David G.; Rolo, Jose; Stevenson, Anthony C.

    2007-11-01

    We present a brief synthesis of the Quaternary fluvial record in the Lower Tagus Basin (central Portugal), concentrating on factors controlling infill and incision. The Holocene part of the record forms the focus of this paper and guides the questioning of the basic assumptions of the established Quaternary fluvial evolution model, in particular the link between sea-level change and fluvial incision-deposition. We suggest that several incision-aggradation phases may have occurred during glacial periods. Major aggradation events may overlap with cold episodes, while incision appears to concentrate on the warming limb of climate transitions. The complex stratigraphy of the Quaternary record in the Lower Tagus valley is influenced by repeated base-level and climate changes. This paper submits the first chronostratigraphic framework for valley fill deposits in the Lower Tagus area. Sea-level rise forced aggradation and controlled deposition of the fine-grained sedimentary wedge underlying the low-gradient Lower Tagus floodplain. Investigations have focused on the lower Muge tributary, where rapidly aggrading estuarine and fluvial environments were abruptly established (?8150 cal BP) as sea level rose. Base level at the valley mouth controlled the upstream extent of the fine-grained backfill. Tidal environments disappeared abruptly (?5800 cal BP) when the open estuary at the Muge confluence was infilled by the Tagus River. The decrease and final still stand of sea-level rise led to floodplain stabilisation with peat (?6400-5200 cal BP) and soil formation (?5200-2200 cal BP). Localised renewed sedimentation (?2200-200 cal BP) is linked to human activity.

  12. Fluvial geomorphology: where do we go from here?

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    Smith, Derald G.

    1993-07-01

    The evolution of geomorphology and in particular, fluvial geomorphology, is at a crossroads. Currently, the discipline is dismally organized, without focus or direction, and is practised by individualists who rarely collaborate in numbers significant enough to generate major research initiatives. If the discipline is to mature and to prosper, we must make some very difficult decisions that will require major changes in our ways of thinking and operating. Either the field stays in its current operational mode and becomes a backwater science, or it moves forward and adopts the ways of the more competitive sectors of the earth and biosciences. For the discipline to evolve, fluvial geomorphologists must first organize an association within North America or at the international level. The 3rd International Geomorphology Conference may be a start, but within that organization we must develop our own divisional and/or regional organizations. Within the Quaternary geology/geomorphology divisions of the Geological Socieity of America (GSA), Association of American Geographers (AAG), American Geophysical Union (AGU) and British Geomorphology Research Group (BGRG) the voice of fluvial geomorphology is lost in a sea of diverse and competitive interests, though there is reason for hope resulting from some recent initiatives. In Canada, we have no national geomorphology organization per se; our closest organization is Canqua (Canadian Quaternary Association). Next, fluvial researchers must collaborate, by whatever means, to develop "scientific critical mass" in order to generate ideas and long-range goals of modest and major scientific importance. These projects will help secure major research funding without which, research opportunities will diminish and initiating major new research will become nearly impossible. Currently, we are being surpassed by the glaciologists, remote sensors, ecologists, oceanographers, climatologists-atmospheric researchers and some Quaternary scientists, because they are organized and successfully promote and sell a variety of global change research and other large-scale projects for major funding. Moreover, I see no end to their current success and future prospects as research councils and the public perceives continued deterioration of climate and ecosystems. Next, senior fluvial researchers must work more closely with junior researchers to instill collaborative attitudues, generate group synergism and to provide the inspiration to help "kick start" their careers so they can quickly reach critical momentum. Finally, we must embrace the model of success used by our colleagues in associated, more successful parts of the sciences. An issue we must debate now is whether our only hope is to climb onto the global change and sustainable development bandwagons or to evolve our own mega-projects and scientific agendas. Governments are financially constrained and future lean and competitive times are a certainty. The good old days are over; we are at a historical break point. University and government budget cuts are eliminating ever increasing numbers of geomorphology faculty and research positions. The discipline must take action or suffer the consequences. If we do nothing, the decision-making powers may reclassify the field as scientifically irrelevant. Our current situation will require more than repackaging of existing concepts, suggesting "band-aid" paradigms, and proposing "quick-fix" gimmicks. We must make some fundamental changes in the way we think and operate in order to develop a survival plan before it is too late. We must get together and talk about what kind of future we want and how to achieve it before geomorphology falls into a state of irreversible decay. This article is not about how wonderful the future will be. Its aim is to awaken fluvial geomorphologists from complacency so that they can take action and prepare for tough competitive times ahead. In the following paragraphs I outline some of my deep concerns about the future of our field and suggest some survival remedies.

  13. Western Mediterranean environmental changes: Evidences from fluvial archives

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    Wolf, Daniel; Faust, Dominik

    2015-08-01

    When dealing with current and past landscape evolution, a key issue addresses responses of geomorphic systems to the large number of influencing variables. Identifying morphodynamic phases and revealing interrelations with specific driving forces are demanding tasks for Quaternary research. In this paper, we present late Pleistocene and Holocene fluvial sedimentation patterns of three Western Mediterranean river catchments, namely Jarama River, Guadalete River and Guadalquivir River that extent along a climatic transect from semi-humid SW-Spain to semi-arid central Spain. These studies are based on extensive fieldwork conducted on 36 exposures and 13 drillings in floodplain positions. Field data is supported by geochemical analyses, while the chronological framework was obtained from the analyses of 70 radiocarbon samples. Results show distinct patterns of fluvial sedimentation as well as soil formation linked to floodplain stability for each river catchment. On regional or catchment scale, pollen stratigraphical correlation and comparison with lacustrine records show that fluvial dynamics have a strong reaction to climatic shifts, with phases of high fragility characterized by catchment erosion and floodplain sedimentation in response to climatic aridification events and phases of climate change in general. The comparison of the examined river systems reveals that periods of supra-regional floodplain sedimentation in several catchments occurred from 8.0 to 7.0, 5.0 to 3.8, 2.2 to 1.5, and around 1.0 as well as 0.4 ka cal. BP, while we found periods of supra-regional soil formation from 13.3 to 12.7, 7.0 to 5.1 (with a short interruption around 6.0 to 5.5 ka), 2.8 to 2.3 ka, 1.4 to 1.2 ka, and 0.8 to 0.5 ka cal. BP. Beside these consistencies we found deviating dynamic patterns that are apparently expressed in terms of differing onset and offset, differing durations, or even the lack of fluvial system response. The main reasons for this can be seen in different regional climate condition and impacts of further influencing factors, or in different levels of sensitivity of the river catchments that may be controlled by initial hydrological conditions, catchment size, or the degree of anthropogenic influence. A larger scale assessment shows that fluvial dynamic patterns are hardly comparable across entire Spain due to strong spatial heterogeneity of physiographic and climatic conditions on the Iberian Peninsula, in particular when areas are influenced by different circulation systems (e.g. regions influenced by the Atlantic Ocean vs. regions influenced by the Mediterranean Sea). However, the consideration of North Atlantic marine records reveals a certain coupling between North Atlantic coolings, atmospheric processes leading to arid climate over large parts of Spain, as well as increased landscape instability including strong fluvial sedimentation activity. Attendant atmospheric conditions are discussed.

  14. Energy, time, and channel evolution in catastrophically disturbed fluvial systems

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    Simon, A.

    1992-01-01

    Two diverse fluvial systems show that with time, channels adjust such that the rate of energy dissipation is minimized. One fluvial system, characterized by high relief and coarse-grained sediment, was subjected to an explosive volcanic eruption; the other system, characterized by low relief and fine-grained sediment, was subjected to dredging and straightening. Study of the expenditure of kinetic- and potential-energy components of total-mechanical energy provide an energy-based rationale of the interdependency between processes and forms during channel evolution. Spatial and temporal trends of aggradation and degradation are similar although relative amounts of aggradation in the high-energy system are greatly enhanced by the deposition of large amounts of eroded bank material from upstream reaches. Degradation accompanied by widening is the most efficient means of energy dissipation because all components of total-mechanical energy decrease with time. Widening dominates energy dissipation in the coarse-grained system to offset increases in hydraulic depth caused by incision. In the low-energy fine-grained system, channel adjustment and energy dissipation are dominated by vertical processes because of low relative values of kinetic energy, and because eroded bank sediment is transported out of the drainage basin and does not aid in downstream aggradation, energy dissipation, or channel recovery. Specific energy is shown to decrease nonlinearly with time during channel evolution and provides a measure of reductions in available energy at the channel bed. Data from two sites show convergence towards a minimum specific energy with time. Time-dependent reductions in specific energy at a point act in concert with minimization of the rate of energy dissipation over a reach during channel evolution as the fluvial systems adjust to a new equilibrium. ?? 1992.

  15. Energy, time, and channel evolution in catastrophically disturbed fluvial systems

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    Simon, Andrew

    1992-08-01

    Two diverse fluvial systems show that with time, channels adjust such that the rate of energy dissipation is minimized. One fluvial system, characterized by high relief and coarse-grained sediment, was subjected to an explosive volcanic eruption; the other system, characterized by low relief and fine-grained sediment, was subjected to dredging and straightening. Study of the expenditure of kinetic- and potential-energy components of total-mechanical energy provide an energy-based rationale of the interdependency between processes and forms during channel evolution. Spatial and temporal trends of aggradation and degradation are similar although relative amounts of aggradation in the high-energy system are greatly enhanced by the deposition of large amounts of eroded bank material from upstream reaches. Degradation accompanied by widening is the most efficient means of energy dissipation because all components of total-mechanical energy decrease with time. Widening dominates energy dissipation in the coarse-grained system to offset increases in hydraulic depth caused by incision. In the low-energy fine-grained system, channel adjustment and energy dissipation are dominated by vertical processes because of low relative values of kinetic energy, and because eroded bank sediment is transported out of the drainage basin and does not aid in downstream aggradation, energy dissipation, or channel recovery. Specific energy is shown to decrease nonlinearly with time during channel evolution and provides a measure of reductions in available energy at the channel bed. Data from two sites show convergence towards a minimum specific energy with time. Time-dependent reductions in specific energy at a point act in concert with minimization of the rate of energy dissipation over a reach during channel evolution as the fluvial systems adjust to a new equilibrium.

  16. Introduction to the special issue on discontinuity of fluvial systems

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    Burchsted, Denise; Daniels, Melinda; Wohl, Ellen E.

    2014-01-01

    Fluvial systems include natural and human-created barriers that modify local base level; as such, these discontinuities alter the longitudinal flux of water and sediment by storing, releasing, or changing the flow path of those materials. Even in the absence of distinct barriers, fluvial systems are typically discontinuous and patchy. The size of fluvial discontinuities ranges across scales from 100 m, such as riffles, to 104 m, such as lava dams or major landslides. The frequency of occurrence appears to be inversely related to size, with creation and failure of the small features, such as beaver dams, occurring on a time scale of 100 to 101 years and a frequency of occurrence at scales as low as 101 m. In contrast, larger scale discontinuities, such as lava dams, can last for time scales up to 105 years and have a frequency of occurrence of approximately 104 m. The heterogeneity generated by features is an essential part of river networks and should be considered as part of river management. Therefore, we suggest that "natural" dams are a useful analog for human dams when evaluating options for river restoration. This collection of papers on the studies of natural dams includes bedrock barriers, log jams and beaver dams. The collection also addresses the discontinuity generated by a floodplain in the absence of an obvious barrier in the channel and tools for evaluation of riverbed heterogeneity. It is completed with a study of impact of human dams on floodplain sedimentation. These papers will help geomorphologists and river managers understand the factors that control river heterogeneity across scales and around the world.

  17. Large Fluvial Fans: Aspects of the Attribute Array

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    Wilkinson, Justin M.

    2015-01-01

    In arguing for a strict definition of the alluvial fan (coarse-grained with radii less than10 km, in mountain-front settings), Blair and McPherson (1994) proposed that there is no meaningful difference between large fluvial fans (LFF) and floodplains, because the building blocks of both are channel-levee-overbank deposits. Sediment bodies at the LFF scale (greater than 100 km long, fan-shaped in planform), are relatively unstudied although greater than 160 are now identified globally. The following perspectives suggest that the significance of LFF needs to be reconsidered.

  18. New Mesoscale Fluvial Landscapes - Seismic Geomorphology and Exploration

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    Wilkinson, M. J.

    2013-01-01

    Megafans (100-600 km radius) are very large alluvial fans that cover significant areas on most continents, the surprising finding of recent global surveys. The number of such fans and patterns of sedimentation on them provides new mesoscale architectures that can now be applied on continental fluvial depositional systems, and therefore on. Megafan-scale reconstructions underground as yet have not been attempted. Seismic surveys offer new possibilities in identifying the following prospective situations at potentially unsuspected locations: (i) sand concentrations points, (ii) sand-mud continuums at the mesoscale, (iii) paleo-valley forms in these generally unvalleyed landscapes, (iv) stratigraphic traps, and (v) structural traps.

  19. Downstream-migrating fluvial point bars in the rock record

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    Ghinassi, Massimiliano; Ielpi, Alessandro; Aldinucci, Mauro; Fustic, Milovan

    2016-04-01

    Classical models developed for ancient fluvial point bars are based on the assumption that meander bends invariably increase their radius as meander-bend apices migrate in a direction transverse to the channel-belt axis (i.e., meander bend expansion). However, many modern meandering rivers are also characterized by down-valley migration of the bend apex, a mechanism that takes place without a significant change in meander radius and wavelength. Downstream-migrating fluvial point bars (DMFPB) are the dominant architectural element of these types of meander belts. Yet they are poorly known from ancient fluvial-channel belts, since their disambiguation from expansional point bars often requires fully-3D perspectives. This study aims to review DMFPB deposits spanning in age from Devonian to Holocene, and to discuss their main architectural and sedimentological features from published outcrop, borehole and 3D-seismic datasets. Fluvial successions hosting DMFPB mainly accumulated in low accommodation conditions, where channel belts were affected by different degrees of morphological (e.g., valleys) or tectonic (e.g., axial drainage of shortening basins) confinement. In confined settings, bends migrate downstream along the erosion-resistant valley flanks and little or no floodplain deposits are preserved. Progressive floor aggradation (e.g., valley filling) allow meander belts with DMFPB to decrease their degree of confinement. In less confined settings, meander bends migrate downstream mainly after impinging against older, erosion-resistant channel fill mud. By contrast, tectonic confinement is commonly associated with uplifted alluvial plains that prevented meander-bend expansion, in turn triggering downstream translation. At the scale of individual point bars, translational morphodynamics promote the preservation of downstream-bar deposits, whereas the coarser-grained upstream and central beds are less frequently preserved. However, enhanced preservation of upstream-bar deposits can be controlled by aggradation at the scale of the entire meander belt. Despite their different preservation potential, the sedimentology of downstream-bar deposits is overall similar to that of expansional bars, since a downstream decrease in grain size and dominance of upbar-directed palaeoflows are observed in both cases. Bar-tail deposits are instead distinctive of DMFPB, specifically when channel-flow impinges at high angle against river outer banks. There, fine-grained counter-point bars or coarse-grained eddy-accretion deposits can accumulate. Channel belts dominated by DMFPB develop cross-sectional configurations featuring two main marginal trenches, commonly filled with bar tail deposits.

  20. Wilmington Submarine Canyon: a marine fluvial-like system.

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    McGregor, B.; Stubblefield, W.L.; Ryan, William B. F.; Twichell, D.C.

    1982-01-01

    Midrange sidescan sonar data show that a system of gullies and small channels feeds into large submarine canyons on the Middle Atlantic Continental Slope of the US. The surveyed canyons all have relatively flat floors, but they have different channel morphologies. Wilmington Canyon has a meandering channel that extends down the Continental Slope and across the Continental Rise, whereas two canyons south of Wilmington Canyon have straight channels that trend directly downslope onto the rise. The morphology of these submarine canyon systems is remarkably similar to that of terrestrial fluvial systems.-Authors

  1. The Agua Salud Project, Central Panama

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    Stallard, R. F.; Elsenbeer, H.; Ogden, F. L.; Hall, J. S.

    2007-12-01

    The Agua Salud Project utilizes the Panama Canal's central role in world commerce to focus global attention on the ecosystem services provided by tropical forests. It will be the largest field experiment of its kind in the tropics aimed at quantifying the environmental services (water, carbon, and biodiversity) provided by tropical forests. The Agua Salud Watershed is our principal field site. This watershed and the headwaters of several adjacent rivers include both protected mature forests and a wide variety of land uses that are typical of rural Panama. Experiments at the scale of entire catchments will permit complete water and carbon inventories and exchanges for different landscape uses. The following questions will be addressed: (1) How do landscape treatments and management approaches affect ecosystem services such as carbon storage, water quality and quantity, dry- season water supply, and biodiversity? (2) Can management techniques be designed to optimize forest production along with ecosystem services during reforestation? (3) Do different tree planting treatments and landscape management approaches influence groundwater storage, which is thought to be critical to maintaining dry-season flow, thus insuring the full operation of the Canal during periods of reduced rainfall and severe climatic events such as El Niño. In addition we anticipate expanding this project to address biodiversity, social, and economic values of these forests.

  2. Fluvial sediment fingerprinting: literature review and annotated bibliography

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    Williamson, Joyce E.; Haj, Adel E., Jr.; Stamm, John F.; Valder, Joshua F.; Prautzch, Vicki L.

    2014-01-01

    The U.S. Geological Survey has evaluated and adopted various field methods for collecting real-time sediment and nutrient data. These methods have proven to be valuable representations of sediment and nutrient concentrations and loads but are not able to accurately identify specific source areas. Recently, more advanced data collection and analysis techniques have been evaluated that show promise in identifying specific source areas. Application of field methods could include studies of sources of fluvial sediment, otherwise referred to as sediment “fingerprinting.” The identification of sediment is important, in part, because knowing the primary sediment source areas in watersheds ensures that best management practices are incorporated in areas that maximize reductions in sediment loadings. This report provides a literature review and annotated bibliography of existing methodologies applied in the field of fluvial sediment fingerprinting. This literature review provides a bibliography of publications where sediment fingerprinting methods have been used; however, this report is not assumed to provide an exhaustive listing. Selected publications were categorized by methodology with some additional summary information. The information contained in the summary may help researchers select methods better suited to their particular study or study area, and identify methods in need of more testing and application.

  3. Fluvial biogeomorphology in the Anthropocene: Managing rivers and managing landscapes.

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    Viles, Heather

    2015-04-01

    Biogeomorphology considers the many, and often complex, interactions between ecological and geomorphological processes. The concept of the Anthropocene deserves greater attention by scientists working on biogeomorphology, as will be demonstrated in this talk though a focus on fluvial environments. Rivers and river systems have been the subject of long-term human interference and management across the world, often in the form of direct manipulation of biogeomorphic interactions. Up to the present three broadly-defined phases of the Anthropocene can be identified - the Palaeoanthropocene, the Industrial Revolution and the Great Acceleration. Each of these broad phases of the Anthropocene has different implications for fluvial biogeomorphology and river management. The nature and dynamics of tufa-depositing systems provide good examples of the differing Anthropocene situations and will be focused on in this talk. We may now be entering a fourth phase of the Anthropocene called 'Earth system stewardship'. In terms of better understanding and managing the biogeomorphic interactions within rivers in such a phase, an improved conceptualisation of the Anthropocene and the complex web of interactions between human, ecological and geomorphological processes is needed.

  4. Fluvial ecosystem resilience and stability: the role of riparian vegetation

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    Corenblit, Dov; Steiger, Johannes

    2014-05-01

    Riparian vegetation impacts fluvial landform resistance and resilience. Here we analyse the spatial and temporal pattern of biogeomorphic equilibrium conditions within a high energy river system. We quantified rejuvenation and maturation of the biogeomorphic succession using a spatial explicit analysis based on aerial photographs at six dates between 1942 and 2000. The Mediterranean River Tech, France, was chosen because a catastrophic flood in 1940 (recurrence time > 100 years) nearly completely destroyed the riparian forest and thus rejuvenated the biogeomorphic succession, providing a reference state in 1942. Interactions between vegetation establishment and flood regime enhanced the replacement of the dense riparian forest removed in 1940 at the scale of the corridor. Following this major disturbance, the riparian landscape demonstrated a very high resilience related to a positive biogeomorphic feedback driven by pioneer riparian engineer plants trapping sediments. This positive feedback enhanced floodplain construction, vegetation succession and a non-linear increase in biogeomorphic stability. Biogeomorphic equilibrium (ratio between instable active tract and stabilised riparian margins) driven by the interplay of vegetation dynamics and hydrogeormorphic processes was reached thirty years after the catastrophic flood event. The results suggest the existence of abrupt transitions between alternative domains of stability and hysteresis cycles. Based on these findings we propose a topological model of riparian ecosystem resistance and resilience according to biogeomorphic feedbacks. Furthermore, the proposed model developed on the River Tech suggests that biogeomorphic feedbacks play a critical role for transitions between different fluvial styles which determine the evolutionary trajectories of rivers.

  5. western mediterranean fluvial history - an attempt to correlate

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    Faust, Dominik; Wolf, Daniel

    2013-04-01

    Western mediterranean fluvial history - an attempt to correlate Dominik Faust & Daniel Wolf (TU Dresden, Germany) Correlation of fluvial sediments over large distances is a challenging issue. However it is worth to try it when reliable and robust data are available. Location of the sites to be correlated play a decesive role. So we considered possible pitfalls (tectonic activity, halokinetic movements, sea level changes, disorder inherent to the system itself) to find and chose the best exposures in order to built up a standard profile for every single river system. Three selected rivers were worked out in detail, the Guadalquivir sequences however are used complementary . We attempt to correlate The Oued Medjerda standard profile from Northern Tunisia (Faust et al. 2004; Zielhofer & Faust 2008) The Rio Jarama standard profile for Central Spain (Wolf et al. 2013) The Rio Guadalete standard profile for Southern Spain (Wolf et al. in review) (The Rio Guadalquivir) We aim to propose a correlation scheme in order to visualize analog and inconsistent trends and to discuss possible driving forces. dominik.faust@tu-dresden.de

  6. Fluvial deposits as an archive of early human activity

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    Mishra, S.; White, M. J.; Beaumont, P.; Antoine, P.; Bridgland, D. R.; Limondin-Lozouet, N.; Santisteban, J. I.; Schreve, D. C.; Shaw, A. D.; Wenban-Smith, F. F.; Westaway, R. W. C.; White, T. S.

    2007-11-01

    River terraces are well established as an important source of Lower and Middle Palaeolithic artefacts in Europe, large collections having been assembled there during the years of manual gravel extraction. Now that many terrace sequences can be reliably dated and correlated with the oceanic record, potentially useful patterns can be recognized in the distribution of artefacts. The earliest appearance of artefacts in terrace staircases, marking the arrival of the first tool-making hominins in the region in question, is the first of several archaeological markers within fluvial sequences. The Lower to Middle Palaeolithic transition, with the appearance of Levallois, is another. Others may be more regional in significance: the occurrences of Clactonian (Mode 1) industry, twisted ovate handaxes and bout coup handaxes, for example. IGCP Project no. 449 instigated the compilation of fluvial records from all over the 'old world'. Comparison between British and Central European sequences confirms the established view that there is a demarcation between handaxe making in the west and flake/core industries in the east. Other centres of activity reported here have been in the Middle East (Syria), South Africa and India. Data from such areas will be key in deciphering the story of the earlier 'out-of-Africa' migration, that by pre-Homo sapiens people. There is clear evidence for diachroneity between the first appearances of different industries, in keeping with the well-established idea of northward migration.

  7. Fluvial channels on Titan: Initial Cassini RADAR observations

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    Lorenz, R.D.; Lopes, R.M.; Paganelli, F.; Lunine, J.I.; Kirk, R.L.; Mitchell, K.L.; Soderblom, L.A.; Stofan, E.R.; Ori, G.; Myers, M.; Miyamoto, H.; Radebaugh, J.; Stiles, B.; Wall, S.D.; Wood, C.A.

    2008-01-01

    Cassini radar images show a variety of fluvial channels on Titan's surface, often several hundreds of kilometers in length. Some (predominantly at low- and mid-latitude) are radar-bright and braided, resembling desert washes where fines have been removed by energetic surface liquid flow, presumably from methane rainstorms. Others (predominantly at high latitudes) are radar-dark and meandering and drain into or connect polar lakes, suggesting slower-moving flow depositing fine-grained sediments. A third type, seen predominantly at mid- and high latitudes, have radar brightness patterns indicating topographic incision, with valley widths of up to 3 km across and depth of several hundred meters. These observations show that fluvial activity occurs at least occasionally at all latitudes, not only at the Huygens landing site, and can produce channels much larger in scale than those observed there. The areas in which channels are prominent so far amount to about 1% of Titan's surface, of which only a fraction is actually occupied by channels. The corresponding global sediment volume inferred is not enough to account for the extensive sand seas. Channels observed so far have a consistent large-scale flow pattern, tending to flow polewards and eastwards. ?? 2008.

  8. Optimality approaches to describe characteristic fluvial patterns on landscapes

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    Paik, Kyungrock; Kumar, Praveen

    2010-01-01

    Mother Nature has left amazingly regular geomorphic patterns on the Earth's surface. These patterns are often explained as having arisen as a result of some optimal behaviour of natural processes. However, there is little agreement on what is being optimized. As a result, a number of alternatives have been proposed, often with little a priori justification with the argument that successful predictions will lend a posteriori support to the hypothesized optimality principle. Given that maximum entropy production is an optimality principle attempting to predict the microscopic behaviour from a macroscopic characterization, this paper provides a review of similar approaches with the goal of providing a comparison and contrast between them to enable synthesis. While assumptions of optimal behaviour approach a system from a macroscopic viewpoint, process-based formulations attempt to resolve the mechanistic details whose interactions lead to the system level functions. Using observed optimality trends may help simplify problem formulation at appropriate levels of scale of interest. However, for such an approach to be successful, we suggest that optimality approaches should be formulated at a broader level of environmental systems' viewpoint, i.e. incorporating the dynamic nature of environmental variables and complex feedback mechanisms between fluvial and non-fluvial processes. PMID:20368257

  9. Fluvial erosion of impact craters: Earth and Mars

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    Baker, V. R.

    1984-01-01

    Geomorphic studies of impact structures in central Australia are being used to understand the complexities of fluvial dissection in the heavily cratered terrains of Mars. At Henbury, Northern Territory, approximately 12 small meteorite craters have interacted with a semiarid drainage system. The detailed mapping of the geologic and structural features at Henbury allowed this study to concentrate on degradational landforms. The breaching of crater rims by gullies was facilitated by the northward movement of sheetwash along an extensive pediment surface extending from the Bacon Range. South-facing crater rims have been preferentially breached because gullies on those sides were able to tap the largest amounts of runoff. At crater 6 a probable rim-gully system has captured the headward reaches of a pre-impact stream channel. The interactive history of impacts and drainage development is critical to understanding the relationships in the heavily cratered uplands of Mars. Whereas Henbury craters are younger than 4700 yrs. B.P., the Gosses Bluff structure formed about 130 million years ago. The bluff is essentially an etched central peak composed of resistant sandstone units. Fluvial erosion of this structure is also discussed.

  10. Quantifying the transition from fluvial- to wave-dominance for river deltas with multiple active channels

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    Nienhuis, J.; Ashton, A. D.; Giosan, L.

    2012-12-01

    The plan-view morphologies of fluvial- and wave-dominated deltas are clearly distinctive, but transitional forms are numerous. A quantitative, process-based description of this transition remains unexplored, particularly for river deltas with multiple active channels. Previous studies focused on general attributes of the fluvial and marine environment, such as the balance between wave energy and river discharge. Here, we propose that the transition between fluvial and wave dominance is directly related to the magnitude of the fluvial bedload flux to the nearshore region versus the alongshore sediment transport capacity of waves removing sediment away from the mouth. In the case of a single-channel delta, this balance can be computed for a given distribution of waves approaching shore. Fluvial dominance occurs when fluvial sediment input exceeds the wave-sustained maximum alongshore sediment transport for all potential shoreline orientations both up- and downdrift of the river mouth. However, deltaic channels have the tendency to bifurcate with increasing fluvial strength. Initial bifurcation splits the fluvial sediment flux among individual channels, while the potential sediment transport by waves remains constant for both river mouths. At higher bifurcation orders, multiple channels interact with each other alongshore, a situation more complicated than the single channel case and one that cannot be simple addressed analytically. We apply a model of plan-view shoreline evolution to simulate the evolution of a deltaic environment with multiple active channels. A highly simplified fluvial domain is represented by deposition of sediment where channels meet the coast. We investigate two scenarios of fluvial delivery. The first scenario deposits fluvial sediment alongshore on a self-similar predefined network of channels. We analyze the effects of different network geometrical parameters, such as bifurcation length, bifurcation angle, and sediment partitioning. In the second scenario, local conditions help determine where channels form, distribute sediment and bifurcate, therefore allowing feedbacks between the marine and fluvial domains. With increasing fluvial sediment flux, the delta transitions from a classic cuspate morphology to a space-filling, radial fluvial delta. This simplified model allows us to quantify the transition from fluvial to wave dominance and enables comparisons with natural examples near this transition, such as the Tinajones lobe of the Sinu River Delta, Colombia, and the Po Delta, Italy.

  11. Fluvial sediment in Double Creek subwatershed No. 5, Washington County, Oklahoma

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    Bednar, Gene A.; Waldrep, Thomas E.

    1973-01-01

    A total of 21,370 tons of fluvial sediment was transported into reservoir No. 5 and a total of 19,930 tons was deposited. Seventy-eight percent of the total fluvial sediment was deposited during the first 9.2 years, or 63 percent of time of reservoir operation. The computed trap efficiency of reservoir No. 5 was 93 percent.

  12. Riparian shrub metal concentrations and growth in amended fluvial mine tailings

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    Fluvial mine tailing deposition has caused extensive riparian damage throughout the western United States. Willows are often used for fluvial mine tailing revegetation, but some species accumulate excessive metal concentrations which could be detrimental to browsers. In a greenhouse experiment, gr...

  13. Revegetation of Fluvial Mine Tailing Deposits: The Use of Five Riparian Shrub Species

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    Fluvial deposition of mine tailings has caused extensive damage to riparian ecosystems throughout the West. Willows are often used for revegetation of fluvial mine tailing deposits but some species accumulate toxic concentrations of metals in leaves and stems. A greenhouse experiment was conducted ...

  14. Lahar hazards at Agua volcano, Guatemala

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    Schilling, S.P.; Vallance, J.W.; Matías, O.; Howell, M.M.

    2001-01-01

    At 3760 m, Agua volcano towers more than 3500 m above the Pacific coastal plain to the south and 2000 m above the Guatemalan highlands to the north. The volcano is within 5 to 10 kilometers (km) of Antigua, Guatemala and several other large towns situated on its northern apron. These towns have a combined population of nearly 100,000. It is within about 20 km of Escuintla (population, ca. 100,000) to the south. Though the volcano has not been active in historical time, or about the last 500 years, it has the potential to produce debris flows (watery flows of mud, rock, and debris—also known as lahars when they occur on a volcano) that could inundate these nearby populated areas.

  15. Active tectonics coupled to fluvial erosion in the NW Himalaya

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    Vannay, J.-C.; Grasemann, B.; Rahn, M.; Frank, W.; Carter, A.

    2003-04-01

    Both syntaxial extremities of the Himalaya show a spatial correlation between active exhumation of deep crustal rocks and the presence of powerful rivers, the Indus and the Tsangpo-Brahmaputra, cutting across the range two of the deepest gorges on Earth. These features strongly suggests that vigorous fluvial erosion can locally enhance isostatic and tectonic uplift, which in turn contributes to heat advection and weakening of the crust, as well as to maintain steep topographic gradients [Zeitler et al., 2001]. In order to test this positive feedback model, we combined structural and geochronological data to constrain the tectono-thermal evolution along the Sutlej (NW India), the third largest river cross-cutting entirely the Himalaya. The Himalayan crystalline core zone exposed along the Sutlej Valley is composed of two gneiss sheets, that were successively underthrusted and tectonically extruded as a consequence of the foreland-directed propagation of deformation in the Indian plate margin. During Early to Middle Miocene, combined thrusting along the Main Central Thrust (MCT) and extension along the Sangla Detachment induced the rapid exhumation and cooling of the amphibolite facies to migmatitic High Himalayan Crystalline Sequence [Vannay &Grasemann, 2001]. Underthrusting beneath the MCT led to the creation of the amphibolite facies Lesser Himalayan Crystalline Sequence (LHCS). The LHCS cooled rapidly from Late Miocene to Pleistocene, as a consequence of tectonic extrusion controlled by thrusting along the Munsiari Thrust, and extension in the MCT hanging wall. This phase is still active, as indicated by: (1) cooling rates in excess of 100^oC/Myr during the past 3 Myr in the LHCS; (2) Holocene neo-tectonic activity; (3) present-day hydrothermal activity testifying to elevated near-surface geothermal gradients; and (4) seismic activity along the Munsiari Thrust. Modelling of fluvial erosion in the Himalaya indicate that the Sutlej Valley corresponds to the main zone of high erosion index between the syntaxes [Finlayson et al., 2002]. The correlation between active extrusion of deep crustal rocks and focused fluvial erosion along the Sutlej supports consequently the emerging view of a positive feedback between tectonics, topography, and surface processes during the Himalayan tectono-thermal evolution. Finlayson et al. (2002), Geology, 30, 219 222. Vannay &Grasemann (2001), Geological Magazine 138, 253-276. Zeitler et al. (2001), Tectonics, 20, 712-728.

  16. Probabilistic approaches to the modelling of fluvial processes

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    Molnar, Peter

    2013-04-01

    Fluvial systems generally exhibit sediment dynamics that are strongly stochastic. This stochasticity comes basically from three sources: (a) the variability and randomness in sediment supply due to surface properties and topography; (b) from the multitude of pathways that sediment may take on hillslopes and in channels, and the uncertainty in travel times and sediment storage along those pathways; and (c) from the stochasticity which is inherent in mobilizing sediment, either by heavy rain, landslides, debris flows, slope erosion, channel avulsions, etc. Fully deterministic models of fluvial systems, even if they are physically realistic and very complex, are likely going to be unable to capture this stochasticity and as a result will fail to reproduce long-term sediment dynamics. In this paper I will review another approach to modelling fluvial processes, which grossly simplifies the systems itself, but allows for stochasticity in sediment supply, mobilization and transport. I will demonstrate the benefits and limitations of this probabilistic approach to fluvial processes on three examples. The first example is a probabilistic sediment cascade which we developed for the Illgraben, a debris flow basin in the Rhone catchment. In this example it will be shown how the probability distribution of landslides generating sediment input into the channel system is transposed into that of sediment yield out of the basin by debris flows. The key role of transient sediment storage in the channel system, which limits the size of potential debris flows, is highlighted together with the influence of the landslide triggering mechanisms and climate stochasticity. The second example focuses on the river reach scale in the Maggia River, a braided gravel-bed stream where the exposed sediment on gravel bars is colonised by riparian vegetation in periods without floods. A simple autoregressive model with a disturbance and colonization term is used to simulate the growth and decline in the sediment covered area of the floodplain. The stochastic arrival of floods which erode riparian vegetation is a key ingredient of the dynamics in this model. This example will be used to illustrate how potential effects of flow regulation on sediment dynamics in rivers may statistically be quantified. The third example is a cellular automaton model of individual grain transport and storage in a steep mountain stream which captures the formation and collapse of step-like structures in the channel. In this model stochasticity is included in the input of grains, the probability that individual grains will be blocked by others in transport and form a step, and the probability that that step will collapse. It will be illustrated how this simple model generates complex behaviour in the sediment output, where periods of stasis and sediment storage are punctuated by rapid evacuation of grains as steps collapse. The three examples have one thing in common: the dynamics of sediment output depend not only on stochastic disturbance events but also on the state of the system at the time of the event. Both of these ingredients are needed to statistically describe sediment output in the models, and likely in nature as well. I will conclude by arguing that in the context of stochasticity, traditional notions of stability and equilibrium, of the attribution of cause and effect, and of the timescales of process and form in geomorphic systems, become increasingly difficult.

  17. Modeling fluvial erosion on regional to continental scales

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    Howard, Alan D.; Dietrich, William E.; Seidl, Michele A.

    1994-01-01

    The fluvial system is a major concern in modeling landform evolution in response to tectonic deformation. Three stream bed types (bedrock, coarse-bed alluvial, and fine-bed alluvial) differ in factors controlling their occurrence and evolution and in appropriate modeling approaches. Spatial and temporal transitions among bed types occur in response to changes in sediment characteristics and tectonic deformation. Erosion in bedrock channels depends upon the ability to scour or pluck bed material; this detachment capacity is often a power function of drainage area and gradient. Exposure of bedrock in channel beds, due to rapid downcutting or resistant rock, slows the response of headwater catchments to downstream baselevel changes. Sediment routing through alluvial channels must account for supply from slope erosion, transport rates, abrasion, and sorting. In regional landform modeling, implicit rate laws must be developed for sediment production from erosion of sub-grid-scale slopes and small channels.

  18. Modeling post-wildfire fluvial incision and terrace formation

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    Rengers, F. K.; Tucker, G. E.

    2013-12-01

    Wildfires often lead to rapid erosion, sedimentation, and morphologic change. One of the challenges in developing quantitative models of post-fire landscape dynamics is a lack of high-quality datasets that document fluvial system evolution in the years to decades following a destructive fire. This study takes advantage of a natural experiment in post-fire fluvial incision to explore how the magnitude and timing of large flow events following a wildfire can change fluvial channel patterns. The study site is the Spring Creek watershed located in the foothills of central Colorado approximately 26 miles southwest of Denver, Colorado. The site burned during the Buffalo Creek wildfire, which was contained in May 1996. Within the Spring Creek watershed, 79% of the basin was burned and 63% of the burned area was considered high severity (Moody and Martin, 2001). In July 1996 a large rain storm hit the burned watershed and 110 mm of rain fell in one hour (Jarrett, 2001). This storm was larger than the estimated 100-year rainfall intensity of 60 mm/hr. Due to the increased surface erodibility after the wildfire, rapid erosion occurred within the watershed, while the main valley of Spring Creek aggraded with up to 2 m of sediment after this storm. Spring Creek has been incising through this post-wildfire sediment since the 1996 storm, and the terraces from this initial storm are still prevalent and identifiable along the valley. Repeated measurements of valley cross-sections since 1996 provide a comprehensive dataset for testing models of fluvial-system evolution on a decadal time scale. We hypothesize that the current channel pattern results from the specific sequence of rain events that occurred within the four years after the initial 1996 storm filled the valley with sediment. This hypothesis was tested using a two-dimensional coupled model of shallow-water flow, sediment transport, and topographic evolution. Discharge data were obtained from a stream gage installed at Spring Creek in 1997, with records from April 1997 to October 2000. The initial channel topography was constructed by extrapolating the 1996 terraces across the channel. Thus the initial condition for the model is the aggradation after the 1996 storm. We calibrated the model using observed measured discharges and actual closely spaced (10-50 m) cross-sections that were measured before and after large discharges from 1997-2000. Model sensitivity tests are used to explore how the channel evolution might have differed under alternative discharge sequences. For example, the natural discharge from the study site showed three large floods in 1997, two in 1998, one in 1999, and none in 2000. We ran models that varied this sequence to identify the degree to which storm sequence, magnitude, and duration influence the tempo and nature of channel evolution. Early results show that the sequence of storms is indeed important in shaping the overall channel geomorphology.

  19. Identification and Evaluation of Fluvial-Dominated Deltaic Reservoirs.

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    Baken, Mary K.; Andrews, Richard

    1997-11-15

    This document is provided as a Quarterly Technical Progress Report for the program entitled `Identification and Evaluation of Fluvial- Dominated Deltaic (Class I Oil) Reservoirs in Oklahoma`, covering the reporting period of July 1 - September 30, 1997. Work is progressing as expected for the project. The Tonkawa Play workshop was completed as scheduled on July 9, 1997 in Norman Oklahoma. It was attended by 101 people of whom about 55 were operators. The Bartlesville workshop is scheduled for October and November 1997, in three different sites including Tulsa, Bartlesville, and Norman, Oklahoma. The FDD computer facility is fully operational. During this quarter, there were 10 industry individuals who used the computer facility. This project is serving an extremely valuable role in the technology transfer activities for the Oklahoma petroleum industry, with very positive industry feedback.

  20. Water soluble cations and the fluvial history of Mars

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    Silverman, M. P.; Munoz, E. F.

    1975-01-01

    The electrical conductivity and water soluble Na, K, Ca, and Mg of aqueous solutions of terrestrial soils and finely divided igneous and metamorphic rocks were determined. Soils from dry terrestrial basins with a history of water accumulation as well as soils from the topographic lows of valleys accumulated water soluble cations, particularly Na and Ca. These soils as a group can be distinguished from the rocks or a second group of soils (leached upland soils and soils from sites other than the topographic lows of valleys) by significant differences in their mean electrical conductivity and water-soluble Na + Ca content. Similar measurements on multiple samples from the surface of Mars, collected by an automated long-range roving vehicle along a highlands-to-basin transect at sites with morphological features resembling dry riverlike channels, are suggested to determine the fluvial history of the planet.

  1. Fluvial process and the establishment of bottomland trees

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    Scott, Michael L.; Friedman, Jonathan M.; Auble, Gregor T.

    1996-01-01

    The effects of river regulation on bottomland tree communities in western North America have generated substantial concern because of the important habitat and aesthetic values of these communities. Consideration of such effects in water management decisions has been hampered by the apparent variability of responses of bottomland tree communities to flow alteration. When the relation between streamflow and tree establishment is placed in a geomorphic context, however, much of that variability is explained, and prediction of changes in the tree community is improved. The relation between streamflow and establishment of bottomland trees is conditioned by the dominant fluvial process or processes acting along a stream. For successful establishment, cottonwoods, poplars, and willows require bare, moist surfaces protected from disturbance. Channel narrowing, channel meandering, and flood deposition promote different spatial and temporal patterns of establishment. During channel narrowing, the site requirements are met on portions of the bed abandoned by the stream, and establishment is associated with a period of low flow lasting one to several years. During channel meandering, the requirements are met on point bars following moderate or higher peak flows. Following flood deposition, the requirements are met on flood deposits ;high above the channel bed. Flood deposition can occur along most streams, but where a channel is constrained by a narrow valley, this process may be the only mechanism that can produce a bare, moist surface high enough to be safe from future disturbance. Because of differences in local bedrock, tributary influence, or geologic history, two nearby reaches of the same stream may be dominated by different fluvial processes and have different spatial and temporal patterns of trees. We illustrate this phenomenon with examples from forests of plains cottonwood ( Populus deltoides ssp. monilifera) along meandering and constrained reaches of the Missouri River in Montana.

  2. Dynamic Flocculation of Muds in Fluvial to Marine Transitions

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    Keyvani, A.; Strom, K. B.

    2012-12-01

    Rivers are the primary conduits for delivery of sediment and organic matter to the sea. The sediments from river plumes may deposit and be preserved in estuarine and deltaic zones, or may be carried and mixed by ocean currents to deposit elsewhere on the shelf or basin. The sediment settling velocity is the most important parameter in terms of controlling and predicting depositional patterns in river mouths and coastal shelves. Settling velocity greatly impacts the distribution of muds in deltas and turbidity currents, and is largely controlled by grain size and density. The flocculation process yields mud aggregates of variable size and density as a function of turbulent energy and salt levels. Since turbulent energy and salinity both change during the fluvial to marine transition, dynamic flocculation processes may have a significant control to the eventual distribution of sediment through these zones. The purpose of this study is to quantify the evolution of floc size distribution and fractal dimension of suspended flocs with time as a function of time and space as turbulent shear and salinity levels vary in the fluvial to marine transition (river jet/plume and turbidity currents). To do this, experiments are carried out in a laboratory chamber where turbulent shear and salinity levels are varied to mimic a fixed volume of fluid being advected through the transition zone, and floc size distribution properties are measured within the mixing chamber using a specially designed floc imaging system and a set of image processing routines that allows us to measure floc size distributions of suspended flocs. Results demonstrate that floc properties and floc settling velocity change due to the dynamic flocculation and are dependent on the turbulent time history the mud suspension was exposed to under constant concentration. Results from the study are then used to frame a discussion on the relative importance of accounting for these dynamic effects in numerical models of deltas and turbidity currents.

  3. Improved Fluvial Geomorphic Interpretation Derived From DEM Differencing

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    Wheaton, J. M.; Brasington, J.; Brewer, P. A.; Darby, S.; Pasternack, G. B.; Sear, D.; Vericat, D.; Williams, R.

    2007-12-01

    Technological advances over the past two decades in remotely-sensed and ground-based topographic surveying technologies have made the rapid acquisition of topographic data in the fluvial environment possible at spatial resolutions and extents previously unimaginable. Consequently, monitoring geomorphic changes and estimating fluvial sediment budgets through comparing repeat topographic surveys (DEM differencing) has now become a tractable, affordable approach for both research purposes and long-term monitoring associated with river restoration. However, meaningful quantitative geomorphic interpretation of repeat topographic surveys has received little attention from either researchers or practitioners. Previous research has shown that quantitative estimates of erosion and deposition from DEM differencing are highly sensitive to DEM uncertainty, with minimum level of detection techniques typically discarding between 40% and 90% of the predicted changes. A series of new methods for segregating reach-scale sediment budgets into their specific process components, while accounting for the influence of DEM uncertainty, were developed and explored to highlight distinctive geomorphic signatures between different styles of change. To illustrate the interpretive power of the techniques in different settings, results are presented from analyses across a range of gravel-bed river types: a) the braided River Feshie, Scotland, UK; b) the formerly gravel-mined, wandering Sulphur Creek, California, USA; c) a heavily regulated reach of the Mokelumne River, California, USA that has been subjected to over 5 years of spawning habitat rehabilitation; and d) a restored meandering channel and floodplain of the Highland Water, New Forest, UK. Despite fundamentally different process suites between the study sites, the budget segregation technique is in each case able to aid in more reliable and meaningful geomorphic interpretations of DEM differences.

  4. The chemistry of fluvial sediments analyzed by the Curiosity rover

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    Mangold, Nicolas; Thompson, Lucy; Le Deit, Laetitia; Forni, Olivier; Gellert, Ralf; Grotzinger, John; Maurice, Sylvestre; Wiens, Roger

    2015-04-01

    The Curiosity rover has encountered a diversity of sedimentary rocks, which overall have displayed significant variations in both texture and composition. Early observations by the Curiosity rover in Gale crater revealed isolated outcrops of cemented pebbles and sand grains with textures typical of fluvial sedimentary conglomerates (Williams et al., Science, 2013). Sandstones and mudstones, interpreted as having been deposited in a fluvio-lacustrine environment, were observed at Yellowknife Bay, a location identified from orbital images as of significant interest (Grotzinger et al., 2014). More stratified sandstones have been observed in the second and third terrestrial years of investigation in the outcrops named Cooperstown, Kylie and Kimberley, and Pahrump. The different groups of sediments have been interpreted to represent fluvial transport across Gale crater (Grotzinger et al., AGU, 2014), but they show a high variation in their composition, especially at Kimberley where rocks display enhanced K proportion. Among sedimentary rocks, conglomerates provide the most direct knowledge of the source of sediments. Conglomerates observed by Curiosity contain clasts with a strong diversity in albedo and textures indicating multiple sources on the Gale crater rims, with local identification of minerals such as plagioclases and alkali feldspars. Assuming the conglomerates are a mechanically altered product of crustal rocks with relatively little aqueous alteration, the average composition of conglomerates can be considered as a proxy for the source rock composition. This average composition displays a more felsic composition than the Martian average crust as defined by meteorites and orbital data implying that the Gale crater rim is enriched in felsic rocks. The difference in sedimentary composition suggests a variability in source rocks and/or diagenetic evolution compared to the conglomerates that needs to be considered in the broad context of Gale crater's evolution.

  5. Episodes of fluvial and volcanic activity in Mangala Valles, Mars

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    Keske, Amber L.; Hamilton, Christopher W.; McEwen, Alfred S.; Daubar, Ingrid J.

    2015-01-01

    A new mapping-based study of the 900-km-long Mangala Valles outflow system was motivated by the availability of new high-resolution images and continued debates about the roles of water and lava in outflow channels on Mars. This study uses photogeologic analysis, geomorphic surface mapping, cratering statistics, and relative stratigraphy. Results show that Mangala Valles underwent at least two episodes of fluvial activity and at least three episodes of volcanic activity during the Late Amazonian. The occurrence of scoured bedrock at the base of the mapped stratigraphy, in addition to evidence provided by crater retention ages, suggests that fluvial activity preceded the deposition of two of the volcanic units. Crater counts performed at 30 locations throughout the area have allowed us to construct the following timeline: (1) formation of Noachian Highlands and possible initial flooding event(s) before ?1 Ga, (2) emplacement of Tharsis lava flows in the valley from ?700 to 1000 Ma, (3) a megaflooding event at ?700-800 Ma sourced from Mangala Fossa, (4) valley fill by a sequence of lava flows sourced from Mangala Fossa ?400-500 Ma, (5) another megaflooding event from ?400 Ma, (6) a final phase of volcanism sourced from Mangala Fossa ?300-350 Ma, and (7) emplacement of eolian sedimentary deposits in the northern portion of the valley ?300 Ma. These results are consistent with alternating episodes of aqueous flooding and volcanism in the valles. This pattern of geologic activity is similar to that of other outflow systems, such as Kasei Valles, suggesting that there is a recurring, and perhaps coupled, nature of these processes on Mars.

  6. Towards a phoenix phase in aeolian research: shifting geophysical perspectives from fluvial dominance

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    Whicker, Jeffrey J; Field, Jason P; Breshears, David D

    2008-01-01

    Aeolian processes are a fundamental driver of earth surface dynamics, yet the importance of aeolian processes in a broader geosciences context may be overshadowed by an unbalanced emphasis on fluvial processes. Here we wish to highlight that aeolian and fluvial processes need to be considered in concert relative to total erosion and to potential interactions, that relative dominance and sensitivity to disturbance vary with mean annual precipitation, and that there are important scale-dependencies associated with aeolian-fluvial interactions. We build on previous literature to present relevant conceptual syntheses highlighting these issues. We then highlight the relative investments that have been made in aeolian research on dust emission and management relative to that in fluvial research on sediment production. Literature searches highlight that aeolian processes are greatly understudied relative to fluvial processes when considering total erosion in different environmental settings. Notably, within the USA, aeolian research was triggered by the Dust Bowl catastrophe of the 1930s, but the resultant research agencies have shifted to almost completely focusing on fluvial processes, based on number of remaining research stations and on monetary investments in control measures. However, numerous research issues associated with intensification of land use and climate change impacts require a rapid ramping up in aeolian research that improves information about aeolian processes relative to fluvial processes, which could herald a post-Dust Bowl Phoenix phase in which aeolian processes are recognized as broadly critical to geo- and environmental sciences.

  7. Landform Evolution Modeling of Specific Fluvially Eroded Physiographic Units on Titan

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    Moore, J. M.; Howard, A. D.; Schenk, P. M.

    2015-01-01

    Several recent studies have proposed certain terrain types (i.e., physiographic units) on Titan thought to be formed by fluvial processes acting on local uplands of bedrock or in some cases sediment. We have earlier used our landform evolution models to make general comparisons between Titan and other ice world landscapes (principally those of the Galilean satellites) that we have modeled the action of fluvial processes. Here we give examples of specific landscapes that, subsequent to modeled fluvial work acting on the surfaces, produce landscapes which resemble mapped terrain types on Titan.

  8. Bottomland vegetation distribution along Passage Creek, Virginia, in relation to fluvial landforms.

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    Hupp, C.R.; Osterkamp, W.R.

    1985-01-01

    Persistent distribution patterns of woody vegetation within the bottomland forest of Passage Creek, Virginia, were related to fluvial landforms, channel geometry, streamflow characteristics, and sediment-size characteristics. Distinct species distributional patterns were found on four common fluvial geomorphic landforms: depositional bar, active-channel shelf, floodplain, and terrace. Independent hydrologic characteristics (flow duration and flood frequency) were determined for each of the landforms. Vegetation patterns appear to develop more as a result of hydrologic processes associated with each fluvial landform rather than from sediment-size characteristics. -from Authors

  9. Recent (Late Amazonian) Fluvial Features in Southeastern Elysium, Mars

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    Plescia, J.

    2002-12-01

    Cerberus Fossae, a major northwest trending tensional fracture in Elysium, has acted as a conduit for water in the very recent past (Late Amazonian). This same fracture system has also acted as a conduit for the release of the lavas that formed the Cerberus Plains. Water was released by the fracture in three locations in both catastrophic and non-catastrophic manners. At the northwest end of the fracture, two sources (Athabasca and Grjota' Valles) formed as the result of catastrophic flow away from the fracture carving channel systems hundreds of km long and tens of km wide. Both sources are at the same elevation -2.3 to -2.5 km suggesting they tapped the same reservoir beneath the Elysium rise. The third source is at the southeast end of Cerberus Fossae, southwest of Orcus Patera (Rahway Valles) which forms an extensive valley network. Some of these valleys begin at the fossae, others begin on the adjacent level plain to the north. This source is at a different elevation (-3.0 km) and apparently tapped a different, shallow reservoir. A shallow reservoir is suggested as there appear to be multiple sources over a broad area, possibly allowing headward erosion of some of the valleys by sapping, in addition to the larger (volume / rate) flows from the Cerberus Fossae fractures. Cerberus Fossae must have tapped two distinct reservoirs to release the water as the sources are restricted to a narrow elevation range, are at different elevations, and there are no release points between the two. Age relations suggest that all of the sources were active at the same point in geologic time. As faulting along the Cerberus Fossae trend has occurred repeatedly through time, the water must have been available for release only during the most recent episode of tectonism. Absolute timing, based on crater counts, is broadly constrained as only between 144 and 1700 Ma. These three fluvial channels can be integrated into a single fluvial system that exceeds 2500 km in length and extends across the Cerberus Plains through Marte Valles and into Amazonis. The presence of young catastrophic flood channels and valley networks indicate that significant quantities of water have been released in the recent past.

  10. Impact of historic mining activities on fluvial sediment dynamics

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    Notebaert, B.; Verstraeten, G.; Haex, J.

    2009-04-01

    Holocene floodplain deposits are often used as environmental archives of terrestrial ecosystems, but often radiocarbon dating is problematic due to the absence of datable material. One of the possible alternatives is the use of floodplain contaminants, where the presence of contaminants in sediment indicates that these sediments were deposited after the initiation of contamination. The Geul river catchment (350 km) is located in the loess region of eastern Belgium and southern Netherlands. Lead was probably mined since Roman times, but main mining activities started in 1844, and all mines were closed by 1882. Large amounts of Pb (and other) contaminants were deposited in channel bed and the floodplain following these mining activities, and contaminated deposits are still been reworked by the river. As a result, all sediments which are deposited since 1844 are polluted with Pb. Previous studies on point bar deposits have shown that peaks in Pb production of the mining sites can be recognized in these deposits as peaks in Pb concentration. Sediment samples for analysis were collected from 17 percussion drillings at three floodplain locations (with overbank deposits) and one point bar location, while 35 additional corings give information about the fluvial architecture. Lead concentrations of samples representing 0.05 to 0.2 m soil depth were determined using the flam atomic absorption spectroscopy method. Pb concentrations were plotted to depth, and peaks in Pb concentrations were linked with the mining history to allow the identification of sediments deposited during the start of the mining (1844-1847) and for some corings also during the peak in mining activities (1869). The presence of Pb in gravelly point bar deposits indicate that since the initiation of mining (1844) the lateral movement was 5 to 7 m. On the other hand, previous research suggests that the entire floodplain (150 m wide) has been reworked by meandering during the Holocene. Results for the overbank deposits show that sediment deposition was highest between 1847-1869 (8 mm/a). After the peak mining period (1869-2007) deposition was much lower (1.7 mm/a), but nevertheless still much higher than before the main mining period (early Holocene - 1847: 0.25 mm/a). Although measurement periods differ largely, these differences in rates clearly illustrate the influence of human land use, both mining and agriculture, on fluvial sediment dynamics.

  11. Analysis of Ancient Fluvial Patterns on the Surface of Mars

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    Jethani, Henna; Williams, M. E.

    2010-01-01

    This project involves the study of ancient fluvial patterns on the surface of Mars, including raised curvilinear features (RCFs) and negative relief channels. It requires the use of geological images provided by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to determine how water shaped the surface of Mars in the form of rivers, lakes and/or oceans approximately 3.5 billion years ago, during the Noachian period. The role of the intern is to examine the images and record the corresponding measurements of ancient river systems in an Excel spreadsheet to assist in determining the Noachian water cycle on Mars. Resources used to make these measurements include the Arena software, hand-drawn sketch maps, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and the images provided by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The Context Imager (CTX) returns black and white images at a resolution of six meters per pixel. The camera can take images with a width of 30 km and a length of 160 km. Seventeen images were observed in total. Images are analyzed and notes are taken concerning their terminal deposits, stream ordering and drainage pattern. The Arena software is utilized to make the images more visible by allowing control of contrast and magnification. Once the image is adjusted, measurements: length, average width, drainage basin area, sinuous ridge area are recorded, at a magnification of one, through using the line segment and polygon tools. After an image has been analyzed and measured, a sketch map is drawn in order to clearly identify the various segments, basins and terminal deposits the intern observed. Observations are used to further classify the fluvial patterns; their drainage pattern is defined as dendritic, parallel, trellis, rectangular, radial, centripetal, deranged or discordant. Once observational notes are completed, mathematical relations are used to determine drainage density, stream frequency, theoretic basin area and sinuosity index. These data will be added to a larger data set that will yield a comprehensive view of early Mars drainage systems. The data obtained from the work conducted will be used to characterize the nature and behavior of water on the surface of Mars. Thorough understanding of the Martian water cycle will serve as biologically significant information. Through working on this project, I acquired insight into the study of planet Mars, and skills in the Arena software as well as the organization of a vast amount of data.

  12. Optical stimulated Luminescence Signal on Modern Fluvial Deposit in Taiwan

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    Chen, Y. G.; Wu, T. S.; Chen, Y. W.; Kuo, Y. T.

    2014-12-01

    The river terraces overlain by fluvial and debris-flow deposit are widely distributed in Taiwan due to its active tectonic situation. They are not only critical in reconstructing the river evolution, but also of importance in understanding neotectonics. However, the age estimation for the terraces has their own problems by C-14 as well as OSL (Optical Stimulated Luminescence) dating method. For C-14 method, the major problem is the difficulty in discovering the suitable samples, but for OSL method the zeroing effect of the sediments becomes the major barrier if quartz SAR (Single Aliquot Regenerative) procedure is applied. In order to test the residual dose from different drainage areas in Taiwan, modern deposits were collected from 13 main rivers and 3 samples for each from upper-stream to downstream. The apparent dose of modern fluvial deposit was defined as residual dose and believed to be able to give a hint for estimating the zeroing effect for river terraces. Quartz SAR OSL procedure on small aliquot was adopted for all samples in this study. Our results show the residual dose in western Taiwan strongly relies on the source from. If we further apply the mean value of smallest 5% on samples from modern debris flow deposits in upper-stream, the residual dose rise up as high as ~40Gy but lower down to ~15Gy for samples collected from river mouth estuary. It implies that there will be a large error when evaluating the age of debris deposit terrace by quartz SAR OSL procedure. However, if the modern river does not suffer from debris flow in upper-stream, the residual dose is ~5Gy in upper stream and only -0.7~2Gy to the lower steam estuary, which provide better chance to derive relatively reliable ages. We also find that the luminescence characteristics is different between the samples in western and eastern Taiwan respectively. The quartz grains from eastern Taiwan are much dimer than those of the western Taiwan. We may therefore face severe challenge to approach a reliable age for a river terrace located in eastern Taiwan.

  13. Network Dynamic Connectivity for Identifying Hotspots of Fluvial Geomorphic Change

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    Czuba, J. A.; Foufoula-Georgiou, E.

    2014-12-01

    The hierarchical branching structure of a river network serves as a template upon which environmental fluxes of water, sediment, nutrients, etc. are conveyed and organized both spatially and temporally within a basin. Dynamical processes occurring on a river network tend to heterogeneously distribute fluxes on the network, often concentrating them into "clusters," i.e., places of excess flux accumulation. Here, we put forward the hypothesis that places in the network predisposed (due to process dynamics and network topology) to accumulate excess bed-material sediment over a considerable river reach and over a considerable period of time reflect locations where a local imbalance in sediment flux may occur thereby highlighting a susceptibility to potential fluvial geomorphic change. We have developed a framework where we are able to track fluxes on a "static" river network using a simplified Lagrangian transport model and use the spatial-temporal distribution of that flux to form a new "dynamic" network of the flux that evolves over time. From this dynamic network we can quantify the dynamic connectivity of the flux and integrate emergent "clusters" over time through a cluster persistence index (CPI) to assess the persistence of mass throughout the network. The framework was applied to sand transport on the Greater Blue Earth River Network in Minnesota where three hotspots of fluvial geomorphic change have been defined based on high rates of channel migration observed from aerial photographic analysis. Locations within the network with high CPI coincided with two of these hotspots, possibly suggesting that channel migration here is driven by sediment deposition "pushing" the stream into and thus eroding the opposite bank. The third hotspot was not identified by high CPI, but instead is believed to be a hotspot of streamflow-driven change based on additional information and the fact that high bed shear stress coincided with this hotspot. The proposed network-based dynamic connectivity framework has the potential to place dynamical processes occurring at small scales into a network context to understand how reach-scale changes cascade into network-scale effects, useful for informing the large-scale consequences of local management actions.

  14. What can we learn from fluvial incision in high mountains?

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    Fuchs, Margret; Gloaguen, Richard; Krbetschek, Matthias

    2013-04-01

    High and actively deforming mountain ranges attract the attention of geoscientists as they provide natural laboratories of fast evolving process-response systems. Tectonic compressional settings, often linked to perpendicular extension, control the topographic growth and hence, erosion, transport pathways and sedimentation. High altitude differences within short horizontal distances promote material re-organisation and high rates of surface processes. Furthermore, high mountains constitute orographic barriers that affect atmospheric circulations as well as host different climate regimes similar to those of widely separated latitudinal belts. Both cause a high sensitivity of surface processes to changes in climatic conditions. However, feedbacks between climatic and tectonic forcing are complex. Additionally, the dominance of one or the other varies in space and also over time, inheriting various traces of the paleo-morphodynamic conditions to the subsequent process regimes. To unravel the forces driving the evolution of relief in active mountains, numerous studies employ the drainage network of the corresponding mountains as a proxy of landscape evolution. Especially the rates of river incision provide a powerful tool to characterize the surface response and infer causes behind it. Several parameters of river incision are available to describe the fluvial incision at individual sites (e.g. terrace incision rates), along the river course (e.g. longitudinal river profiles, Hack index) and in its perpendicular dimension (e.g. valley cross sections, valley shape ratios). But they require careful interpretation. They are sensitive to both, climatic and tectonic forcing. Therefore, the synopsis of such indices for fluvial incision is essential to evaluate the role of climatic versus tectonic forcing. Here, we use the Panj river system, the major river draining the Pamir mountains of Central Asia, as an example. The Panj experiences high altitude changes of more than 4000 m and deflects several times from the main river orientation, where it cuts through major deformation zones and dome structures of the Pamir. Our contribution discusses the potentials and limitations of river incision analysis. We infer climatic versus tectonic forcing based on terraces along the Panj river together with the indication from its longitudinal profile, Hack index and valley shape ratios.

  15. Reservoir heterogeneity in the middle Frio Formation: Case studies in Stratton and Agua Dulce fields, Nueces County, Texas

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    Kerr, D.R. )

    1990-09-01

    Selected middle Frio (Oligocene) reservoirs of Stratton field and the contiguous Agua Dulce field are being studied as part of a Gas Research Institute/Department of Energy/State of Texas cosponsored program designed to improve reserve growth in mature gas fields. Over the past four decades, Stratton has produced 2.0 tcf of gas from 113 middle Frio reservoirs, and Agua Dulce has produced 1.6 tcf from 116 reservoirs. Recent drilling and workover activities, however, suggest the presence of additional untapped or bypassed middle Frio reservoirs. Four reservoirs, the E18/6,020-ft, E21/6,050-ft, E31/6,100-ft, and E41/Bertram, were evaluated over a 13,000-acre tract that includes areas adjacent to both fields. The middle Frio is composed of sand-rich channel-fill and splay deposits interstratified with floodplain mudstones, all forming part of the Gueydan fluvial system. Channel-fill deposits are 30 ({plus minus}15) ft thick and 2,500 ({plus minus}500) ft wide. Splay deposits are up to 30 ft thick proximal to channels and extend as much as 2 mi from channels. Channel-fill and associated splay sandstones are reservoir facies (porosity 20%; permeability = 10s to 100s md); floodplain mudstones and levee sandy mudstones are barriers to flow facies separating individual reservoirs vertically and laterally. The E41/Bertram reservoir is an example of a laterally stacked channel system deposited during relatively slow aggradation. This reservoir includes sand-on-sand contacts and is composed of mostly leaky compartments. The E 18/6,020-ft, E21/6,050-ft, and E31/6,100ft reservoirs are examples of vertically stacked channel systems reflecting higher rates of aggradation. Vertically stacked architectures are more favorable for isolated compartments and therefore are better candidates for infield reserve growth.

  16. Hydrodynamic perspectives of soil scour in fluvial environment

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    Salim, Sarik; Jayaratne, Ravindra

    2013-09-01

    The major concern for many hydraulic structures is the effect of scour at the toe, when the racing floodwater scours away the bed just downstream of the piers. Therefore, understanding the soil-hydrodynamic interaction needs to be investigated. In this study, a series of 2D laboratory tests have been carried out to study the likelihood of soil scour due to the soil-hydrodynamic interaction and influence of sediment properties. Characteristics such as sediment deposition patterns, longitudinal/lateral spreading length/area, and bed scour profiles for three sediment diameters (i.e. 0.26, 0.30 and 2.40 mm) under dry and wet soil conditions are studied intensively. Experimental results revealed that soil of identical diameters under wet and dry conditions caused significant changes in soil scour rate and deposition patterns. Transport rates in dry condition were much slower than wet condition. It was observed that, for the same flow condition, different soils gave different long term equilibrium deposition patterns due to the grain size distribution and particle shape. Eddies were generated behind the soil samples which resulted in forming a series of `crescent' zones. Findings of this study could offer a qualitative outline of the effects of various parameters to demonstrate a better representation of estimating scour rate in fluvial condition.

  17. Characteristics and historical development of fluvial sediments in the UAE

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    El Saiy, A.

    2012-04-01

    Fluvial deposits in the United Arab Emirates include a wide range of different lithologies and textures ranging from wadi and alluvial fan gravels, sands, silts and clay of different morphology, structures and cementation degree. These deposits represent vital economic, cultural and environmental resources in the UAE. In addition to their direct utilization in the industry as construction materials, agricultural ground and more, they are significant groundwater reservoirs (aquifers) and provide space for landfills and waste disposal. Here we present, field data coupled with geomorphologic observations and Be-10 and C-14 analyses of alluvium wadi deposits and related terraces located in the north and north-eastern parts of the UAE. The study area is strongly affected by the obduction of Oman ophiolite and subsequent tectonic activities during the late Cenozoic times. Deep incised valleys cut through the mountain ranges and deposit a mixture of gravel to clayey sediments that commonly reach a thickness of up to 30 m, but thicker sections were also encountered in scattered places. Alluvial-related terraces are developed inland and along the sea shore where deposition seems to have been interrupted by either riverine or marine peneplaination. In addition to carbonate and ophiolite dominated lithologies in the alluviums, some clay minerals and cementation by gypsum and anhydrites is found. Results of Be-10 and C-14 measurements of the clay-silt matrix and selected carbonates will be presented in relation to dating and paleoclimatic events.

  18. Defining Fluvial Megafans through Geomorphic Mapping and Metrics

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    Sounny-Slitine, M. A.; Latrubesse, E. M.

    2014-12-01

    Fluvial megafans are 'large' fan-shaped bodies of sediment that form from lateral migrations of a river as it exits a topographic front of a mountain belt. The criterion of what differentiates megafans from alluvial fans is an artificial scale divide. The scale divide varies in the literature, with the most common being a 100-km apex-to-toe length. Alternative values as little of 30-km apex-to-toe length have been proposed, as well as alternative metrics like coverage area. The question remains how should we define megafans, and what metrics differentiate them from smaller alluvial fans? To answer these questions, we catalog the known megafans of the world into a geodatabase delineating size and extent of basins both upstream and downstream from the apex. Through remote sensing, elevation modeling and geomorphic mapping, we populated the database with morphometric measurements, qualitative descriptions and basin parameters. We utilize the geodatabase to test a variety of criteria differentiating megafans from alluvial fans. The analysis draws into question a single parameter for defining megafans.

  19. Microbiological and Geochemical Characterization of Fluvially Deposited Sulfidic Mine Tailings

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    Wielinga, Bruce; Lucy, Juliette K.; Moore, Johnnie N.; Seastone, October F.; Gannon, James E.

    1999-01-01

    The fluvial deposition of mine tailings generated from historic mining operations near Butte, Montana, has resulted in substantial surface and shallow groundwater contamination along Silver Bow Creek. Biogeochemical processes in the sediment and underlying hyporheic zone were studied in an attempt to characterize interactions consequential to heavy-metal contamination of shallow groundwater. Sediment cores were extracted and fractionated based on sediment stratification. Subsamples of each fraction were assayed for culturable heterotrophic microbiota, specific microbial guilds involved in metal redox transformations, and both aqueous- and solid-phase geochemistry. Populations of cultivable Fe(III)-reducing bacteria were most prominent in the anoxic, circumneutral pH regions associated with a ferricrete layer or in an oxic zone high in organic carbon and soluble iron. Sulfur- and iron-oxidizing bacteria were distributed in discrete zones throughout the tailings and were often recovered from sections at and below the anoxic groundwater interface. Sulfate-reducing bacteria were also widely distributed in the cores and often occurred in zones overlapping iron and sulfur oxidizers. Sulfate-reducing bacteria were consistently recovered from oxic zones that contained high concentrations of metals in the oxidizable fraction. Altogether, these results suggest a highly varied and complex microbial ecology within a very heterogeneous geochemical environment. Such physical and biological heterogeneity has often been overlooked when remediation strategies for metal contaminated environments are formulated. PMID:10103249

  20. Progress in and prospects for fluvial flood modelling.

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    Wheater, H S

    2002-07-15

    Recent floods in the UK have raised public and political awareness of flood risk. There is an increasing recognition that flood management and land-use planning are linked, and that decision-support modelling tools are required to address issues of climate and land-use change for integrated catchment management. In this paper, the scientific context for fluvial flood modelling is discussed, current modelling capability is considered and research challenges are identified. Priorities include (i) appropriate representation of spatial precipitation, including scenarios of climate change; (ii) development of a national capability for continuous hydrological simulation of ungauged catchments; (iii) improved scientific understanding of impacts of agricultural land-use and land-management change, and the development of new modelling approaches to represent those impacts; (iv) improved representation of urban flooding, at both local and catchment scale; (v) appropriate parametrizations for hydraulic simulation of in-channel and flood-plain flows, assimilating available ground observations and remotely sensed data; and (vi) a flexible decision-support modelling framework, incorporating developments in computing, data availability, data assimilation and uncertainty analysis. PMID:12804257

  1. An Early Warning System for fluvial flooding in the Netherlands

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    Davids, Femke; Stam, Jasper; Sprokkereef, Eric; van Dijk, Marc

    2013-04-01

    Fluvial flooding is one of the major natural hazards in the modern world. In a densely populated area, such as The Netherlands, the possibility of flooding of the Rhine and Meuse poses a significant threat to society. There is a clear need for reliable and robust hydrological forecasting. The Water Management Centre for the Netherlands and Deltares have developed an early warning system that uses real-time data provided by a large number of European meteorological and hydrological gauging stations, weather forecasts from three different weather services, and rainfall-runoff and hydraulic models. Data assimilation techniques are used to update both model states and parameter outputs. In addition, a post processing method, quantile regression, is applied to hydrological ensemble output. This presentation will demonstrate the operational flood early warning system (based on Delft-FEWS) applied to these rivers. Recent challenges are, for example, the visualization of uncertainties on deterministic and probabilistic forecasts, the clear communication and visualization of the enormous amount of data available, and snow modelling.

  2. Timescales of fluvial response to climate and tectonic perturbations

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    Castelltort, Sebastien

    2015-04-01

    Earth's landscapes are composed of connected elements such as hillslopes, bedrock and alluvial rivers, alluvial fans and floodplains for example. Because these entities are dominated by different processes, they might respond in different ways and at different rates to external forcings depending on the nature, magnitude and time scale of changes. Knowledge of those response times is fundamental if we want to extract past climate and tectonics from landscape forms and sedimentary archives. Moreover, the interactions between different landscape elements and their response times also control the response of the landscape as a whole, and the delivery of sediment flux to the basins. Here we review the timescales of fluvial response to perturbations in bedrock and alluvial rivers and discuss the implications for delivery of sediment to basins over multi-millenial timescales. We first use existing relationships for bedrock rivers to study their response to climatic and tectonic perturbations. For alluvial rivers, we consider a simple 1D alluvial reach with a single grain size and an equilibrium slope determined by classical bedload relations. Upstream perturbations of grain size, sediment concentration and water discharge induce river aggradation or degradation according to their effect on river equilibrium slope. While minimum aggradation time can be computed analytically as a function of slope change and sediment supply, the time necessary to degrade to a lower equilibrium slope may be only a function of the timescale of the perturbation in a transport-limited system. We explore the field of natural rivers and their possible response to upstream perturbations.

  3. Fluvial sedimentation following Quaternary eruptions of Mount St. Helens, Washington

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    Janda, R.J.; Meyer, D.F

    1985-01-01

    Depositional records of convulsive volcanic events at Mount St. Helens are in many places obscured by rapid fluvial erosion and deposition close to the volcano. Some major eruptions are recorded primarily by lahars and alluvium deposited tens of kilometers away. About 35 percent of the distinctive hummocky topography of the 1980 North Fork Toutle debris avalanche deposit now resembles an alluvial fan or a braided glacial outwash plain covered with 10 m or more of alluvium. Deposits of small (20 x 10/sup 6/m/sup 3/) but damaging lahars, such as those generated in the afternoon of 18 May 1980 and on 19 March 1982, have been largely eroded away. Rivers draining rapidly eroding areas surrounding Mount St. Helens presently have sediment yields that are among the highest in the world for nonglaciated streams of comparable size. These sediment loads are capable of causing aggradation-induced flooding in populated areas along the lower Toutle and Cowlitz Rivers. Sediment retention structures and dredging have prevented such flooding. Immediately following prehistoric eruptions, however, coarse-grained volcanic alluvium was deposited in the Cowlitz River to levels more than 1 m above the 1980 mud flow inundation level. Post-1980 rapid landscape modifications and high sediment yields are noteworthy because the eruption-impact area has not yet had a major regional storm and potentially catastrophic breachings of avalanche-impounded lakes have been prevented through engineering measures.

  4. Geomorphic evolution of the Martian highlands through ancient fluvial processes

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    Craddock, R. A.; Maxwell, T. A.

    1993-02-01

    The evolution of crater degradation in the Martian highlands based on variations in crater morphology is traced. The timing of this process related to geology, elevation, and latitude is examined, the nature of fluvial resurfacing is studied, and the approximate rate of denudation is determined. The obtained data make it possible to understand the early geologic history of Mars, the interaction between the atmosphere and surface processes through time, and the nature of highland surface materials. Degradation was found to begin with sheet-flooding and the formation of runoff channels in both the interior and exterior of the craters. Progressive stripping of the ejecta material led to craters with incised rims. Erosion and infilling led to flat doors. With time, continued erosion removed ejecta and rim materials completely. Timing of degradation based on cumulative size-frequency distribution curves of highland crater population indicates that the process ceased completely in the late Hesperian. Global average denudation rates were found to be between 0.0001 and 0.005 mm/yr.

  5. A quantitative vulnerability function for fluvial sediment transport

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    Totschnig, Reinhold; Sedlacek, Walter; Fuchs, Sven

    2010-05-01

    In quantitative risk assessment, risk is expressed as a function of hazard, elements at risk exposed, and the vulnerability. From a natural sciences perspective, vulnerability is defined as the expected degree of loss for an element at risk as a consequence of a certain event. The resulting value is dependent on the impacting process intensity and the susceptibility of the elements at risk, and ranges from 0 (no damage) to 1 (complete destruction). With respect to torrent processes, i.e. fluvial sediment transport, the concept of vulnerability - though widely acknowledged - did not result in any sound quantitative relationship between process intensities and vulnerability values so far, even if considerable loss occurred during recent years. To close this gap and establish this relationship, data from three well-documented torrent events in the Austrian Alps was used to derive a quantitative vulnerability function applicable to residential buildings located on torrent fans. The method applied followed a spatial approach, and was based on process intensities, the spatial characteristics of elements at risk, and average reconstruction values on a local scale. The results suggest a modified Weibull function to fit best to the observed damage pattern if vulnerability is quantified in absolute values, and a modified Frechet function if vulnerability is quantified relatively in relation to the individual building height. The vulnerability relationship obtained is applicable to a mixed type of construction used in European mountain regions, composed from brick masonry and concrete, a typical design in post-1950s building craft in alpine countries.

  6. Fluvial drainage basins and valley networks: Eastern Margaritifer Sinus, Mars

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    Boothroyd, J. C.; Grant, J. A.

    1985-04-01

    The fluvial drainage of the eastern Margaritifer Sinus (MC-19NE, SE) and northeastern Argyre (MC-26NE) Quadrangles is dominated by two major longitudinal valley networks, the Parana/Loire system on the east, and the Samara Himera system to the west. It is believed that both of these drainages are through-going to the northwest and debouch into Margaritifer Chaos (general location: 12S, 22.5W). The Parana/Loire drainage is bounded on the east in part by an ancient multi-ringed impact basin. The Parana multi-digitate network drains northwest into a depositional basin, and impact basin floor, characterized by positive relief chaos. It is believed that Loire Vallis heads in the basin; thus Parana and Loire Valles may be treated as one system. Samara Valles heads in the northeastern Argyre Quadrangle and extends as a major truck valley to the northwest. Samara Valles cuts through the hills forming one of the concentric rings of the Ladon impact basin and joins the Himera drainage to trend in a more northerly direction to Margaritifer Chaos. The downstream portion of Himera is considered to be part of the Samara

  7. Fluvial Placement of Radioactive Contaminants a Weldon Spring Case Study

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    Meier, J.

    2002-02-26

    The operation of the Weldon Spring Uranium Feed Materials Plant in St. Charles, MO between 1958 and 1966 resulted in the migration and emplacement of radioactive contaminants into surface water drainage systems. Multiple drainage systems, receiving from a variety of waste discharge points, combined to create unique and unexpected depositional environment. Discovery and investigation of the depositional environments was a significant technical challenge due to the complex nature of sediment movement and emplacement. The objective of this investigation was to show that application of the knowledge of geomorphic processes is an essential element of a complete stream characterization, pursuant to risk analysis and remediation. This paper sets out to describe many of the expected and unexpected findings of the investigations by the Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project (WSSRAP) into the placement and rework of contaminated sediments in stream systems. Information from this paper will be useful to other agencies and contractor personnel faced with the challenge of locating and quantifying contaminated sediments in seemingly haphazard fluvial depositional conditions.

  8. Microbiological and geochemical characterization of fluvially deposited sulfidic mine tailings

    SciTech Connect

    Wielinga, B.; Lucy, J.K.; Moore, J.N.; Seastone, O.F.; Gannon, J.E.

    1999-04-01

    The fluvial deposition of mine tailings generated from historic mining operations near Butte, Montana, has resulted in substantial surface and shallow groundwater contamination along Silver Bow Creek. Biogeochemical processes in the sediment and underlying hyporheic zone were studied in an attempt to characterize interactions consequential to heavy-metal contamination of shallow groundwater. Sediment cores were extracted and fractionated based on sediment stratification. Subsamples of each fraction were assayed for culturable heterotrophic microbiota, specific microbial guilds involved in metal redox transformations, and both aqueous- and solid-phase geochemistry. Populations of cultivable Fe(III)-reducing bacteria were most prominent in the anoxic, circumneutral pH regions associated with a ferricrete layer or in an oxic zone high in organic carbon and soluble iron. Sulfur- and iron-oxidizing bacteria were distributed in discrete zones throughout the tailings and were often recovered from sections at and below the anoxic groundwater interface. Sulfate-reducing bacteria were also widely distributed in the cores and often occurred in zones overlapping iron and sulfur oxidizers. Sulfate-reducing bacteria were consistently recovered from oxic zones that contained high concentrations of metals in the oxidizable fraction. Altogether, these results suggest a highly varied and complex microbial ecology within a very heterogeneous geochemical environment. Such physical and biological heterogeneity has often been overlooked when remediation strategies for metal contaminated environments are formulated.

  9. Evolution of fluvial systems in salt-walled mini-basins: A review and new insights

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Banham, Steven G.; Mountney, Nigel P.

    2013-10-01

    The preserved sedimentary expression of fluvial successions accumulated in salt-walled mini-basins records the complex history of basin subsidence, the style of sediment supply, and the pattern of sediment distribution in response to a range of fluvial processes throughout the evolution of such basins. Temporal and spatial variations in the rate of basin subsidence govern the generation of accommodation space, whereas the rate and style of sediment supply govern how available accommodation is filled; together these parameters act as principal controls that dictate the gross-scale pattern of fluvial sedimentation. Additional factors that influence fluvial stratigraphic architecture in salt-walled mini-basins are: (i) the trend and form of inherited basement lineations and faults that control the geometry, orientation and spacing of salt walls that develop in response to halokinesis; (ii) salt thickness and composition that dictate both the maximum potential basin-fill thickness within a developing mini-basin and the rate of evacuation (migration) of salt from beneath evolving mini-basins, leading to the growth of confining salt walls, uplift of which may generate surface topographic expression that influences fluvial drainage patterns; (iii) climate that dictates fluvial style and the processes by which sediment is distributed; and (iv) the inherited direction of drainage relative to the trend of elongate salt walls and locus of sediment supply that dictates how sediments are distributed both within a single mini-basin and between adjacent basins. Examples of fluvial sedimentary architectures preserved in salt-walled mini-basins from a number of geographic regions are used to illustrate and document the primary controls that influence patterns of fluvial sediment accumulation. The distribution of fluvial architectural elements preserved within mini-basins follows a predictable pattern, both within individual basin depocentres and between adjoining basins: drainage pathways preferentially migrate to topographic lows within basins, such as developing rim-synclines, and away from topographic highs, such as uplifting salt walls or developing turtle-back structures. This paper demonstrates a range of fluvial-halokinetic interactions through consideration of a series of case studies, which demonstrate the current understanding of fluvial response to salt-walled mini-basin evolution and which highlight gaps in the current understanding.

  10. Stratigraphy and facies architecture of the fluvial aeolian lacustrine Sergi Formation (Upper Jurassic), Recncavo Basin, Brazil

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    Scherer, Claiton M. S.; Lavina, Ernesto L. C.; Dias Filho, Dorval C.; Oliveira, Flvio M.; Bongiolo, Daniela E.; Aguiar, Eduardo S.

    2007-02-01

    The Sergi Formation encompasses an upper Jurassic fluvial-eolian-lacustrine succession deposited within a wide intracratonic basin. Its sand bodies represent the largest and more important reservoirs in the Recncavo Basin, hosting 362 million m 3 of oil in place. The main goal of this paper is to provide a detailed stratigraphic analysis of the Sergi Formation based on core and outcrop data. It was achieved through the recognition and correlation of regional surfaces that have allowed the subdivision of this unit into distinct depositional sequences, and the reconstruction of its depositional history. The studied succession can be subdivided into three unconformity-bounded sequences. Sequence I is composed of lacustrine mudstone at its base, which is overlain by fine- to medium-grained sandstone related to aeolian dune and sand sheet and ephemeral fluvial stream deposits. Fluvial strata indicate northeastward-flowing streams whereas aeolian dune deposits suggest the action of southwestward-blowing winds. The regional unconformity bounding sequences I and II denotes both a climate change and tectonic rearrangement of the basin. This surface delineates a change in the depositional style, from fluvial-aeolian-lacustrine (Sequence I) to entirely fluvial (Sequence II). The latter includes coarse-grained to conglomeratic sandstone deposited within northwestward-flowing braided channel-belts. Changes in fluvial palaeocurrent, from sequence I to II, indicate rearrangement of the drainage system related to basin tectonism. Furthermore, a change in the fluvial discharge regime took place as a result of a change from a drier to a wetter climate. Fluvial deposition in Sequence I was related to ephemeral streams whereas fluvial facies architecture of the Sequence II deposits indicates perennial braided streams with significant discharge variation. Another regional unconformity, this time related to a stratigraphic base level fall and consequent widespread, basinwide aeolian deflation, separates the braided fluvial facies of Sequence II from the fine- to medium-grained sandstones ascribed to sheet-floods, aeolian dunes and aeolian sand sheets of Sequence III. The resumption of aeolian sedimentation indicates a return to drier conditions in the basin. The abrupt change from fluvial-aeolian deposits to the lacustrine deposits of the overlying Itaparica Formation suggest a rapid rise of the water table and consequent basinwide flooding.

  11. 3D Geologic and Reservoir Modelling of a Distributive Fluvial System Derived from lidar: A Case Study of the Huesca Fluvial Fan.

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    Burnham, Brian; Hodgetts, David; Redfern, Jonathan

    2014-05-01

    Understanding stratigraphic and depositional architecture in a fluvially dominated system is fundamental when trying to model and characterise properties such as geometric relationships, heterogeneity, lithologic patterns or trends of the system as well as any associated petrophysical properties or behaviours. The Huesca fluvial fan, an Oligocene - Miocene age Distributive Fluvial System (DFS) in the northern extent of the Ebro Basin, is used extensively as an outcrop analogue for modelling fluvial hydrocarbon reservoirs, as well as a base for the DFS model. To further improve understanding of the system, mapping techniques using lidar integrated with Differential Global Navigation Satellite System (DGNSS) measurements were used to create sub-metre (spatially) accurate geologic models of the medial-distal portions of the DFS. In addition to the digital terrain data, traditional field sedimentary logs, structural and palaeocurrent measurements, and samples for petrophysical analysis were also collected near the town of Piracés in a series of amphitheatres and canal cuts that expose excellent two and three-dimensional views of the strata. The geologic models and subsequent analyses derived from the data will provide a quantitative tool to further understand the depositional architecture, geometric relationship and lithologic characteristics across the studied portion of the distributive fluvial system. Utilizing the inherent quantitative nature of the terrain data in combination with the traditional field and sample data collected, an outcrop based geocellular model of the studied section can be constructed by using several geostatistical modelling approaches to describe geo-body geometries (thickness and width ratio) for the associated fluvial architecture, as well as facies distribution and observed petrophysical characteristics. The resolution of the digital terrain data (<10cm) allowed for an accurate integration of the field observations (palaeoflow, sedimentary structures and grain size distributions) into a more complete model of studied portion of the fluvial system. The three-dimensionality of the exposure lends itself well to using lidar as a tool when mapping geo-body geometry and architecture across several kilometres. This approach leads to more accurate, quantitative reservoir and depositional models of the distributive fluvial system.

  12. Late Cenozoic fluvial development within the Sea of Azov and Black Sea coastal plains

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    Matoshko, A.; Gozhik, P.; Semenenko, V.

    2009-09-01

    Late Cenozoic terrestrial deposits are widespread across the northern coastal regions of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov and represent diverse fluvial, estuarine and deltaic environments. The dating and correlation of these deposits rely on stratigraphically-associated marine index beds, mammalian and molluscan faunas and magnetostratigraphy. In detail the geometries of these sediment bodies are extremely complex, typically varying between localities and representing many cycles of incision and aggradation. However, the overall disposition of the sediments reflects the transition from the uplifting sediment source region to the north and the subsiding depocentre in the interior of the Black Sea to the south. Since the Middle Miocene the area of the Paratethys/Black Sea depocentre has decreased significantly, but since the Middle Pliocene the hinge zone between uplift and subsidence has been located close to the modern coastline. A combination of regional and local differential crustal movements has given rise to the great variety of fluvial sediment bodies, to the erosion-aggradation cycles, different phases and river activity and to the various fluvial landforms that have all been important in landscape development in this region during the past 12 Ma. The fluvial erosion-accumulation cycles (during the upper Serravillian-Messinian, the Zanclean-late Gelasian, and the Pleistocene) and corresponding cycles of relief dissection and planation are reconstructed against a background of local sea-level changes and climatic variations determined from palaeobotanical data. The maximum fluvial incision occurred in the early Zanclean time with alluvial coastal plains, unique in this area, developing in the Gelasian. Increased climatic aridity during the Pleistocene caused a reduction of fluvial activity in comparison with the Late Miocene and Pliocene. The sea-level oscillations and Pleistocene glaciations affected fluvial processes in different ways. The most remarkable events were the substantial reduction of fluvial activity during the Messinian dessication in the Black Sea and drainage of the shelf, with intensive dissection, coeval with the Last Glaciation.

  13. Paraglacial fluvial bedrock incision in postglacial landscapes: the NW Scottish Highlands

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    Whitbread, Katie; Jansen, John; Bishop, Paul; Fabel, Derek

    2010-05-01

    Glacial landscape forms are inherited by rivers following deglaciation. Hillslopes and valley floors configured by glacial erosion control the distribution of bedrock channels and potential sites for fluvial incision. The importance of 'stream power' parameters, channel slope and drainage area (discharge), in controlling the rate of incision is widely accepted, but the rate, timing and mechanisms of incision have yet to be quantified in these settings. The dual controls of glacially conditioned bedrock slopes and sediment supply set two of the key boundary conditions for temporally and spatially dynamic fluvial bedrock incision. Measurement of incision rates in these settings is key to understanding the influence of controls on fluvial erosion, and the role of the process in long-term evolution of deglaciated landscapes. In tectonically-passive, hard-rock terrains, such as the Scottish Highlands, incisional fluvial features such as bedrock channels, gorges and waterfalls are common on glacially carved valley steps. Here we report preliminary data on fluvial incision rates measured with cosmogenic 10Be. Our results confirm a postglacial age of bedrock straths in the NW Scottish Highlands and indicate a vertical incision rate of 0.3 mm/yr into resistant quartzites. Further work will explore erosion mechanisms and rates of incision across the Scottish Highlands, and assess controls on fluvial incision, including the potential role of paraglacial sediment.

  14. Disturbance of fluvial gravel substrates by signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus)

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    Johnson, Matthew; Rice, Stephen; Reid, Ian

    2010-05-01

    The reworking of substrates by organisms, termed bioturbation, is considered a fundamental processes in marine and terrestrial environments but has remained relatively unstudied in fluvial environments. This studies looks at the bioturbation of fluvial gravel substrates by signal crayfish, an internationally important invasive species. We investigated the impact of signal crayfish activity in a laboratory flume. Bioturbation by crayfish on both loose arrangements of gravel and water-worked surfaces were studied and two sizes of narrowly-graded gravel were used; 11 - 16 mm and 16 - 22 mm. A laser scanner was used to obtain high resolution digital elevation models (DEMs) of gravel surfaces before and after crayfish activity. These DEMs were used to quantify topographic and structural changes to the surfaces due to the activity of crayfish. It was found that crayfish moved substantial quantities of material from all surfaces within six hours of introduction. The majority of the disturbance was associated with small scale (≤ 1 median grain diameter) movements of surface grains due to walking and foraging by crayfish. This textural change resulted in a structural alteration to the substrate surface. After six hours of crayfish activity, there was a 14% reduction in the imbrication of the grains from water-worked surfaces. Crayfish also constructed shallow pits and heaped excavated material into a series of mounds around its edge. Crayfish would always posture in pits in the same way. They would fold their vulnerable tails under their body and place their claws in front of their heads. When in pits crayfish predominately orientated themselves so they were facing an upstream direction. This implies that crayfish dig pits in order to streamline their bodies in the flow and lower their protrusion. Although pits and mounds contributed a relatively small proportion to the overall disturbance of substrates, they significantly increased the roughness of substrates. Pit and mound construction was far more prevalent in loose gravel surfaces. This suggests that water-working of gravel substrates not only reduces the vulnerability of grains to entrainment from the flow, but also disturbance by crayfish. Subsequent to topographic analysis, surfaces disturbed by crayfish were entrained in the laboratory flume and compared to control surfaces on which crayfish were not present. Substantially more material was entrained from crayfish disturbed surfaces than control surfaces for both loose and water-worked gravels. In loose 11 - 16 mm gravels, 20% more grains were entrained from surfaces disturbed by crayfish. For water-worked surfaces this increased to 46%. Not only was the increase in entrained material greater for water-worked surfaces but it was also statistically significant. During extended periods of low flow, gravel beds consolidate with the ingress of fine material and grain rearrangement. Both generally increase grain interlock and both increase the stresses required to entrain bed material during the next flood event. This study indicates that crayfish may oppose the process, jostling grains into less stable positions and increasing grain exposure through the mounding of material excavated from pits. Both will affect gravel stability during flood events. This study shows that invasive species may be having detrimental impacts on the physical environment as well as the wider ecological community.

  15. Marine intervals in Neogene fluvial deposits of western Amazonia

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    Boonstra, Melanie; Troelstra, Simon; Lammertsma, Emmy; Hoorn, Carina

    2014-05-01

    Amazonia is one of the most species rich areas on Earth, but this high diversity is not homogeneous over the entire region. Highest mammal and tree-alpha diversity is found in the fluvio-lacustrine Pebas system, a Neogene wetland associated with rapid radiation of species. The estuarine to marine origin of various modern Amazonian fish, plants, and invertebrates has been associated with past marine ingressions into this freshwater Pebas system. The exact nature and age of these invasions is, however, debated. Here we present new evidence from fluvial and fluvio-lacustrine deposits of Neogene age in southeast Colombia, that point to periods of widespread marine conditions in western Amazonia. Our evidence is based on an analysis of marine palynomorphs, such as organic linings of foraminifera and dinoflagellate cysts, present in dark sandy clay sediments that outcrop along the Caqueta and Amazon rivers. Characteristically, the foraminiferal linings can be assigned to three benthic morphotypes only, e.g. Ammonia, Elphidium and Trochammina. This low diversity assemblage is associated with estuarine/marginal marine conditions. No distinct marine elements such as shelf or planktonic species were encountered. The observed foraminiferal linings and dinocyst assemblages are typical for a (eutrophic) shallow marine environment, suggesting that the Pebas freshwater wetland system occasionally changed to (marginal) marine. Although some reworked elements are found, a typical Neogene dinocyst taxon is commonly found supporting in situ deposition. Sedimentological features typical for tidal conditions that are reported for sites in Peru and northeastern Brazil likely relate to these marine ingressions. Sea level changes as well as foreland basin development related to Andes formation may have facilitated the entry of marine water during the Neogene.

  16. Dynamic LiDAR-NDVI classification of fluvial landscape units

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    Ramírez-Núñez, Carolina; Parrot, Jean-François

    2015-04-01

    The lower basin of the Coatzacoalcos River is a wide floodplain in which, during the wet season, local and major flooding are distinguished. Both types of floods, intermittent and regional, are important in terms of resources; the regional flood sediments enrich the soils of the plains and intermittent floods allow obtaining aquatic resources for subsistence during the heatwave. In the floodplain different abandoned meanders and intermittent streams are quickly colonized by aquatic vegetation. However, from the 1990s, the Coatzacoalcos River floodplain has important topographic changes due to mining, road and bridges construction; erosion and sedimentation requires continuous parcel boundaries along with the increasing demand of channel reparation, embankments, levees and bridges associated to tributaries. NDVI data, LiDAR point cloud and various types of flood simulations taking into account the DTM are used to classify the dynamic landscape units. These units are associated to floods in relation with water resources, agriculture and livestock. In the study area, the first returns of the point cloud allow extracting vegetation strata. The last returns correspond to the bare earth surface, especially in this area with few human settlements. The surface that is not covered by trees or by aquatic vegetation, correspond to crops, pastures and bare soils. The classification is obtained by using the NDVI index coupled with vegetation strata and water bodies. The result shows that 47.96% of the area does not present active vegetation and it includes 31.53% of bare soils. Concerning the active vegetation, pastures, bushes and trees represent respectively 25.59%, 11.14% and 13.25%. The remaining 1.25% is distributed between water bodies with aquatic vegetation, trees and shrubs. Dynamic landscape units' classification represents a tool for monitoring water resources in a fluvial plain. This approach can be also applied to forest management, environmental services and habitat analysis. Thus, the unsupervised LiDAR-NDVI approach coupled with flood simulation developed here, allows studying environmental behavior without introducing subjective considerations.

  17. Sedimentology: general introduction and definitions : fluvial sediment and channel morphology

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    Wolff, Roger G.; Benedict, Paul C.

    1964-01-01

    Sedimentology, the study of sedimentary rocks and the processes by which they are formed, includes and is related to a large number of phenomena. Sedimentology includes the five fundamental processes defined by the term sediaentation --weathering, erosion, transportation, deposition and diagenesis. Sedimentology shares with geomorphology the study of the surface features of the earth. Sedimentology also shares with hydrology the study of river.--channels. River channels are formed in part or in total as a result of flowing water and sediment transport, commonly called the "work of the rivers." This survey of published literature was made to aid in arriving at definitions which would be acceptable to, and representative of, a majority of professional personnel actively engaged in laboratory and field investigations related to the "work of the river." The definitions in this list are intended to explain the terms used in studies of fluvial sediment and channel morphology. No set of definitions can expect universal acceptance, however, i t is hoped that this compilation will be considered a summary and synthesis of present and past usage and that it will serve as a starting point for future usage. Multiple references are cited from textbooks, glossaries and dictionaries, scientific journals and u.s. Government publications. To obtain a mutual understanding and enhance precision, many of the proposed definitions are a composite of those selected from papers or reports covering research studies and field investigations. A draft of this glossary has been reviewed by a group of interested personnel. The results of this review have been carefully considered and the originally-suggested definitions have been revised accordingly, resulting in the present compilation. R. G. Wolff, with the help of Mrs. v. Blatcher, carried out the literature search and compilation of terms and the review results. Paul c. Benedict approved or composed the definitions as presented in this report.

  18. Practical Enhancement of Terrestrial Laser Scanning for Fluvial Geomorphology Surveys

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    Hwang, K.; Chandler, D. G.

    2014-12-01

    Accurate measurement of microtopography plays an important role in fluvial geomorphology. Whereof the surface is obscured by vegetation or landform, airborne remote sensing can be impractical and ground-based surveys using terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) show promise. TLS provides high resolution observations of the land surface for relatively low cost and with simple setup. However, the scanning range is effectively limited to less than 100 m, requiring individual scenes to be merged in software to represent larger landforms. For studies requiring several scenes, an efficient scanning strategy should be established in advance to optimize for time, resolution and spatial coverage. This requires careful consideration of scanner placement to merge scenes. We address problems encountered with blind spots. TLS is generally conducted on a 2-m (or shorter) tripod and the low scanning angle to the land surface at long distance inevitably causes blind spots in rugose or complex terrain. Similarly, the distance between TLS placement points is limited by the ability to resolve matching targets from sequential surveys. Here we present a simple geometry-based scanning plan regardless of the type and range of the instrument, with modification of the survey instrument platform. The half of a minimum range is used to make at least 18% of a superposed area with the next scan. Since scanning height barely affects the scanning range, the tripod was substituted to a 3-m stepladder and the platform of the scanner was modified to level and adjust the device easily with one hand. The results show that the new scanning plan performs well regardless of the topography and figure of the area of interest, with sufficient superposed area for combination with other adjacent scans. The modification of the platform also turned out to be more efficient to secure the observing angle and improve usability. The physical enhancement for TLS will provide valuable opportunity to conduct a standardized and field-oriented work in a practical manner.

  19. Fluvial erosion and post-erosional processes on Titan

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    Jaumann, R.; Brown, R.H.; Stephan, K.; Barnes, J.W.; Soderblom, L.A.; Sotin, C.; Le, Mouelic S.; Clark, R.N.; Soderblom, J.; Buratti, B.J.; Wagner, R.; McCord, T.B.; Rodriguez, S.; Baines, K.H.; Cruikshank, D.P.; Nicholson, P.D.; Griffith, C.A.; Langhans, M.; Lorenz, R.D.

    2008-01-01

    The surface of Titan has been revealed by Cassini observations in the infrared and radar wavelength ranges as well as locally by the Huygens lander instruments. Sand seas, recently discovered lakes, distinct landscapes and dendritic erosion patterns indicate dynamic surface processes. This study focus on erosional and depositional features that can be used to constrain the amount of liquids involved in the erosional process as well as on the compositional characteristics of depositional areas. Fluvial erosion channels on Titan as identified at the Huygens landing site and in RADAR and Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) observations have been compared to analogous channel widths on Earth yielding average discharges of up to 1600 m3/s for short recurrence intervals that are sufficient to move centimeter-sized sediment and significantly higher discharges for long intervals. With respect to the associated drainage areas, this roughly translates to 1-150 cm/day runoff production rates with 10 years recurrence intervals and by assuming precipitation this implies 0.6-60 mm/h rainfall rates. Thus the observed surface erosion fits with the methane convective storm models as well as with the rates needed to transport sediment. During Cassini's T20 fly-by, the VIMS observed an extremely eroded area at 30?? W, 7?? S with resolutions of up to 500 m/pixel that extends over thousands of square kilometers. The spectral characteristics of this area change systematically, reflecting continuous compositional and/or particle size variations indicative of transported sediment settling out while flow capacities cease. To account for the estimated runoff production and widespread alluvial deposits of fine-grained material, release of area-dependent large fluid volumes are required. Only frequent storms with heavy rainfall or cryovolcanic induced melting can explain these erosional features. ?? 2008 Elsevier Inc.

  20. In Situ Formation of Relic Landscapes By Fluvial Processes

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    Willett, S.; Yang, R.; Chen, C. Y.

    2014-12-01

    Elevated low-relief landscapes are often interpreted as "relic" and characteristics such as low erosion rates or low relief are assumed to reflect pre-uplift tectonic conditions. We present here an alternative model whereby high elevation, low-relief landscapes develop in situ by purely fluvial processes. We argue that changes in tectonic regime result in change of uplift rate, but also deform the surface, thereby inducing changes in the river channel network through capture and divide migration. Loss of drainage area leads to lower erosion rate through lower river discharge and thus to higher surface uplift rate as erosion fails to keep up with tectonic uplift. Branches of a river network that lose area are thus raised to higher elevation where they have a predisposition towards further area loss, triggering a positive feedback, potentially including runaway conditions in which erosion rates and drainage area tend towards zero. Such conditions produce high-elevation, low relief, low erosion-rate branches of a river network that could be misconstrued as relic landscapes. We test this model by analyzing river profiles of several previously identified relic landscapes in the eastern Tibetan plateau region and in the Central Range of Taiwan. We apply two tests. First we check kinematic wave travel times to the relic and surrounding regions to test if there is a common uplift history with an increase in uplift rate that has not yet reached the relic. Second, we measure the channel steepness and channel profiles inside and outside the relic region to test for divide mobility and evidence of area capture. In every case examined, we find no common uplift history and widespread evidence that divides surrounding a relic landscape are moving inward, pirating drainage area and lowering erosion rates. This supports the model for in situ formation of these landscapes by progressive drainage area loss.

  1. Palaeoenvironment of braided fluvial systems in different tectonic realms of the Triassic Sherwood Sandstone Group, UK

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    Medici, G.; Boulesteix, K.; Mountney, N. P.; West, L. J.; Odling, N. E.

    2015-11-01

    Fluvial successions comprising the fills of sedimentary basins occur in a variety of tectonic realms related to extensional, compressional and strike-slip settings, as well as on slowly subsiding, passive basin margins. A major rifting phase affected NW Europe during the Triassic and resulted in the generation of numerous sedimentary basins. In the UK, much of the fill of these basins is represented by fluvial and aeolian successions of the Sherwood Sandstone Group. Additionally, regions that experienced slow rates of Mesozoic subsidence unrelated to Triassic rifting also acted as sites of accumulation of the Sherwood Sandstone Group, one well-exposed example being the eastern England Shelf. The fluvial depositional architecture of deposits of the Sherwood Sandstone Group of the eastern England Shelf (a shelf-edge basin) is compared with similar fluvial deposits of the St Bees Sandstone Formation, eastern Irish Sea Basin (a half-graben). The two studied successions represent the preserved deposits of braided fluvial systems that were influenced by common allogenic factors (climate, sediment source, delivery style); differences in preserved sedimentary style principally reflect their different tectonics settings. Analysis of lithofacies and architectural elements demonstrates that both studied successions are characterized by amalgamated channel-fill elements that are recorded predominantly by downstream-accreting sandy barforms. The different tectonic settings in which the two braided-fluvial systems accumulated exerted a dominant control on preserved sedimentary style and long-term preservation potential. On the eastern England Shelf, the vertical stacking of pebbly units and the general absence of fine-grained units reflect a slow rate of sediment accommodation generation (18-19.4 m/Myr). In this shelf-edge basin, successive fluvial cycles repeatedly reworked the uppermost parts of earlier fluvial deposits such that only the lowermost channel lags tend to be preserved. By contrast, in the eastern Irish Sea Basin of west Cumbria, the rate of sediment accommodation generation was substantially greater (119 m/Myr) such that space was available to preserve complete fluvial cycles, including silty drape units that cap the channelized deposits.

  2. Neotectonics and fluvial geomorphology of the Northern Sinai Peninsula

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    Kusky, T.; El-Baz, F.

    2000-08-01

    Large anticlinal ridges of Jurassic-Tertiary limestone in the northern Sinai Peninsula are part of the Syrian Arc Fold Belt, parts of which have been active intermittently from Late Cretaceous through the present. Recent uplift of the Syrian Arc Fold Belt is supported by quantitative indices of active tectonics including low values of mountain front sinuosity and, by recent seismicity, extending southwest past Cairo into the Fayoum Depression. The northern Sinai Desert has a climate similar to that of the adjacent part of the eastern Sahara. Sand sheets and dune fields cover its northwestern part, which is a depression extending from the Suez Canal to Wadi El-Arish. Numerous dry channels of palaeorivers and streams lead into this depression, where several temporary palaeolakes and flood overbank deposits have been identified. Some of the temporary pluvial palaeolakes developed behind natural dams formed by folds of the Syrian Arc, whereas others filled deeply-eroded fault traces. Migration of sand dunes may have blocked some channels, but the location of the dunes seems to be controlled by Recent uplift of parts of the fold belt, with the dunes residing in synclinal depressions and adjacent to fault scarps. The palaeolakes are correlated more with structures than with active dune fields. Wadi El-Arish abandoned a channel west of its present-day course, perhaps because of recent growth and uplift of the Gebel Halal Fold. This abandonment was synchronous with down-cutting of a gorge through Gebel Halal, which follows conjugate faults formed during uplift of an anticline. The presence of standing water during wetter climates in the past is supported by silt deposits and archaeological evidence of previous human habitation. The newly identified lake margin and fluvial sediments could be important targets for studying early-modern human and Neanderthal activities. In the eastern Sahara, cycles of pluvial periods that date back 320,000 years appear to correspond to interglacial stages. These indicate major global climate changes resulting in alternation of wet and dry climate episodes, which interplayed with local tectonic uplift to dramatically change the physiography of the northern Sinai.

  3. Biomarkers in Transit Reveal the Nature of Fluvial Integration

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    Ponton, C.; West, A.; Feakins, S. J.; Galy, V.

    2013-12-01

    The carbon and hydrogen isotopic composition of vascular plant leaf waxes are common proxies for hydrologic and vegetation change. Sedimentary archives off major river systems are prime targets for continental paleoclimate studies under the assumption that rivers integrate changes in terrestrial organic carbon (OC) composition over their drainage basin. However, the proportional contribution of sources within the basin (e.g. head waters vs. floodplain) and the transit times of OC through the fluvial system remain largely unknown. This lack of quantifiable information about the proportions and timescales of integration within large catchments poses a challenge for paleoclimate reconstructions. To examine the sources of terrestrial OC eroded and supplied to a river system and the spatial distribution of these sources, we use compound specific isotope analysis (i.e. ?13C, ?14C, and ?D) on plant-derived leaf waxes, filtered from large volumes of river water (20-200L) along a major river system. We selected the Kosipata River that drains the western flank of the Andes in Peru, joins the Madre de Dios River across the Amazonian floodplain, and ultimately contributes to the Amazon River. Our study encompassed an elevation gradient of >4 km, in an almost entirely forested catchment. Precipitation ?D values vary by >50 due to the isotopic effect of elevation, a feature we exploit to identify the sources of plant wax n-alkanoic acids transported by the river. We used the ?D plant wax values from tributary rivers as source constrains and the main stem values as the integrated signal. In addition, compound specific radiocarbon on individual chain length n-alkanoic acids provide unprecedented detail on the integrated age of these compounds. Preliminary results have established that 1) most of the OC transport occurs in the wet season; 2) total carbon transport in the Madre de Dios is dominated by lowland sources because of the large floodplain area, but initial data suggest that OC from high elevations may be proportionally overrepresented relative to areal extent, with possibly important implications for biomarker isotope composition; 3) timescales of different biomarkers vary considerably; 4) the composition of OC varies downstream and with depth stratification within large rivers. We filtered >1000L of river water in this remote location during the wet season, and are presently replicating that study during the dry season, providing a seasonal comparison of OC transport in this major river system.

  4. Characterization of alluvial formation by stochastic modelling of paleo-fluvial processes: The concept and method

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    Jiang, Zhenjiao; Mariethoz, Gregoire; Farrell, Troy; Schrank, Christoph; Cox, Malcolm

    2015-05-01

    Modelling fluvial processes is an effective way to reproduce basin evolution and to recreate riverbed morphology. However, due to the complexity of alluvial environments, deterministic modelling of fluvial processes is often impossible. To address the related uncertainties, we derive a stochastic fluvial process model on the basis of the convective Exner equation that uses the statistics (mean and variance) of river velocity as input parameters. These statistics allow for quantifying the uncertainty in riverbed topography, river discharge and position of the river channel. In order to couple the velocity statistics and the fluvial process model, the perturbation method is employed with a non-stationary spectral approach to develop the Exner equation as two separate equations: the first one is the mean equation, which yields the mean sediment thickness, and the second one is the perturbation equation, which yields the variance of sediment thickness. The resulting solutions offer an effective tool to characterize alluvial aquifers resulting from fluvial processes, which allows incorporating the stochasticity of the paleoflow velocity.

  5. Aeolian and fluvial processes in dryland regions: the need for integrated studies

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    Belnap, Jayne; Munson, Seth M.; Field, Jason P.

    2011-01-01

    Aeolian and fluvial processes play a fundamental role in dryland regions of the world and have important environmental and ecological consequences from local to global scales. Although both processes operate over similar spatial and temporal scales and are likely strongly coupled in many dryland systems, aeolian and fluvial processes have traditionally been studied separately, making it difficult to assess their relative importance in drylands, as well as their potential for synergistic interaction. Land degradation by accelerated wind and water erosion is a major problem throughout the world's drylands, and although recent studies suggest that these processes likely interact across broad spatial and temporal scales to amplify the transport of soil resources from and within drylands, many researchers and land managers continue to view them as separate and unrelated processes. Here, we illustrate how aeolian and fluvial sediment transport is coupled at multiple spatial and temporal scales and highlight the need for these interrelated processes to be studied from a more integrated perspective that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. Special attention is given to how the growing threat of climate change and land-use disturbance will influence linkages between aeolian and fluvial processes in the future. We also present emerging directions for interdisciplinary needs within the aeolian and fluvial research communities that call for better integration across a broad range of traditional disciplines such as ecology, biogeochemistry, agronomy, and soil conservation.

  6. An unnamed fluvial valley system formed under different climates at Xanthe Terra, Mars

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    Kereszturi, Akos

    2013-09-01

    Analyzing an unnamed fluvial system (at 5.2N 301.4E) in Xanthe Terra on Mars for the first time, the following chronology could be reconstructed. The first period of the fluvial erosion of the area produced channels with higher drainage density than later events, but some resurfacing after this period erased these early, probably interconnected tributary systems and left behind only separate channel sections with eroded appearance. In the second period of fluvial erosion three deep and obvious channels were formed. In a third period, the main inlet to the terminal crater was eroded even more heavily. The last two episodes produced two different, characteristic cross sectional and longitudinal profiles: (1) narrow, shallow and nearly straight profiles, and (2) a wider, deeper and somewhat convex shaped profile. These two profile shapes resemble to other fluvial systems in the Xanthe Terra region. The existence of these two different types of channel morphology suggests the change in the erosional process could be at least regional and probably related to the change of fluvial erosions style on Mars forced by climatic changes.

  7. Fluvial processes in eastern Hellas Planitia, Mars - Insights from crater counts

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    Zuschneid, W.; van Gasselt, S.

    2014-04-01

    With a diameter of 2,300 km and a depth of more than 8,000 m, the Hellas basin is one of the major geomorphic and topographic features in the southern Martian hemisphere. It has been acting as a depositional sink since its formation 4 Ga ago [1] and has been the location of a wide variety of geologic processes. In this ongoing study, we investigated the stratigraphy of fluvial features in the eastern Hellas region on Mars, focusing on apparently young fluvial depositional areas in the Dao and Harmakhis Valles region and on the eastern plains within the Hellas basin. The region connecting Hesperia Planum with Hellas Planitia is characterized by a patchwork of remnant massifs protruding through a set of plains units of varying morphology and surface texture, indicating a diverse and eventful geologic history. A variety of geologic processes has been observed, from the basin-forming Hellas impact, widespread plainsforming and central vent volcanism [2,3] to fluvial and cold climate processes [3,4]. In order to analyze the stratigraphy, we performed crater counts for selected areas to obtain absolute ages for young areas formed by fluvial processes. We also obtained a lower limit for the age of major fluvial processes.

  8. Pollutant fates in fluvial systems: on need of individual approach to each case study

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    Matys Grygar, Tomas; Elznicova, Jitka; Novakova, Tereza

    2015-04-01

    To outline the pollutant fates in fluvial systems it is necessary to combine two main kinds of knowledge: sedimentation and erosion patterns of each individual river with spatio-temporal resolution higher than in most fluvial geomorphology/sedimentology studies and timing and way how the pollutants have entered the fluvial system. Most of these aspects are commonly neglected in environmental geochemistry, a domain to which pollution studies apparently belong. In fact, only when these two main components are established (at least in a qualitative manner), we can start reading (interpretation) of the fluvial sedimentary archives, e.g., decipher the way how the primary pollution signal has been distorted during passing through the fluvial system. We conducted empirical studies on Czech rivers impacted by pollution (by risk elements). We learnt how individual (site-specific) are the main processes responsible for the primary pollution input, spread through each fluvial system and inevitable secondary pollution ("lagged pollution improvement signal"). We will discuss main features of the story on pollutant fates in three different fluvial systems, which have not been impacted by "hard" river engineering and still undergo natural fluvial processes: 1. the Ohre (the Eger) impacted by production of Hg and its compounds, historical mining of Pb and more recent U ore processing, 2. the Ploucnice impacted by U mining, and 3. the Litavka, impacted by Pb-Zn(-Sb) mining and smelting. The Ohre is specific by most pollution having been temporarily deposited in an active channel, only minor reworking of older fluvial deposits diluting pollution during downstream transport, and pollution archives existing practically only in the form of lateral accretion deposits. The deposits of archive value are rare and can be revealed by detailed study of historical maps and well-planned field analysis, best using portable analytical instruments (XRF). The Ploucnice is specific by only transient deposition in a channel belt and subsequent secondary pollution via physical mobilisation, most pollution storing in the floodplain in a surprisingly heterogeneous manner - in hotspots with a size comparable to fragments of abandoned channels (from a few to few tens of metres). The hotspots are hence best revealed by well-designed field analysis using portable instruments (gamma spectrometry or XRF). The Litavka is specific because most pollution is in its floodplain in the form of anthropogenic alluvium, a very thick vertical accretion body of "artificial" material added to the river system in the amount exceeding its normal transport capacity. That situation favours secondary pollution by chemical mobilisation of pollutants under low river discharges revealed by geochemical analysis. Our case studies show that simple "rules" such as continuous decay of pollutant concentrations downstream from the pollution source, existence of a continuous blanket of polluted overbank fines in floodplain, simple change of the pollution extent with growing distance from the river channel and as a consequence of extreme floods, or simple recipes such as low-density sampling to trace point pollution sources are too simplistic to be applicable in real polluted fluvial systems. Each river system represents a nearly unique combination of individual geomorphic processes, and each pollution has been specific by the mode how it entered the fluvial system. We will not offer "magic tools" in our contribution. In literature we can find all pieces we need for the jigsaw puzzle - pollutants fates in fluvial systems. The question is why so rarely researchers put them together. We would like to encourage them to do so.

  9. FLUVSIM: a program for object-based stochastic modeling of fluvial depositional systems

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    Deutsch, C. V.; Tran, T. T.

    2002-05-01

    This paper presents a FORTRAN program for hierarchical object-based modeling of complex fluvial facies. Unique features of this program include (1) a simple approach to place channel, levee, and crevasse sands within a matrix of floodplain shales, (2) templates for fast rastering of fluvial facies objects, leading to fast CPU times, and (3) the use of simulated annealing and non-random perturbation rules for conditioning to extensive soft facies-proportion data and local well data. Object-based modeling techniques are widely applicable to modeling fluvial depositional systems. Public domain software for such modeling is uncommon and inflexible with respect to the variety of conditioning data that can be handled. Commercial software is costly and also of limited flexibility. The fluvsim program overcomes many of these limitations with an accessible research code.

  10. Metabolism of mineral-sorbed organic matter and microbial lifestyles in fluvial ecosystems

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    Hunter, William Ross; Niederdorfer, Robert; Gernand, Anna; Veuger, Bart; Prommer, Judith; Mooshammer, Maria; Wanek, Wolfgang; Battin, Tom J.

    2016-02-01

    In fluvial ecosystems mineral erosion, carbon (C), and nitrogen (N) fluxes are linked via organomineral complexation, where dissolved organic molecules bind to mineral surfaces. Biofilms and suspended aggregates represent major aquatic microbial lifestyles whose relative importance changes predictably through fluvial networks. We tested how organomineral sorption affects aquatic microbial metabolism, using organomineral particles containing a mix of 13C, 15N-labeled amino acids. We traced 13C and 15N retention within biofilm and suspended aggregate biomass and its mineralization. Organomineral complexation restricted C and N retention within biofilms and aggregates and also their mineralization. This reduced the efficiency with which biofilms mineralize C and N by 30% and 6%. By contrast, organominerals reduced the C and N mineralization efficiency of suspended aggregates by 41% and 93%. Our findings show how organomineral complexation affects microbial C:N stoichiometry, potentially altering the biogeochemical fate of C and N within fluvial ecosystems.

  11. The Pleistocene climate-controlled fluvial sedimentary record in the Be?chatw mine (central Poland)

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    Zieli?ski, Tomasz

    2007-01-01

    Sedimentological analyses of fluvial formations in the Be?chatw mine have yielded results that have more than regional significance. They concern the reaction of rivers to climatic changes in the Pleistocene. Changes in river geometry and their depositional records are examined from two fluvial formations. These formations represent different times, but show similar palaeoenvironmental changes. Cool temperate climate conditions resulted in meandering (or anastomosing) river sedimentation, which was controlled by equalized precipitation and by a well-developed vegetation cover. Cold periglacial climate conditions resulted in braided river sedimentation immediately before the Glacial Maximum, with high discharges and a high sediment load. The palaeoclimatic and palaeohydrologic analyses of the Weichselian fluvial deposits in Be?chatw provide additional information to that from similar studies in Germany and the Netherlands, thus jointly resulting in a consistent palaeogeographic model of western-middle Europe.

  12. Quantification of fluvial bedload transport in glacier-connected steep mountain catchments in western Norway

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    Beylich, Achim A.; Laute, Katja

    2015-04-01

    Contemporary fluvial bedload transport rates are still very difficult to measure and, as a result of this, in many sites only quantitative data on fluvial suspended and solute transport are included in sediment budget studies carried out for defined drainage basin systems. During the years 2010-2013 detailed field measurements with portable impact sensors as a non-invasive technique for indirectly determining fluvial bedload transport intensity were conducted in two instrumented drainage basin systems (Erdalen and Bødalen) in the fjord landscape in western Norway. The collected impact sensor field data were calibrated with laboratory flume experiments, and the data from the impact sensor field measurements and the flume experiments were combined with field data from continuous discharge monitoring, repeated surveys of channel morphometry and sediment texture, particle tracer measurements, Helley-Smith samplings, underwater video filming and biofilm analyses. The combination of methods and techniques applied provides insights into the temporal variability and intensity of fluvial bedload transport in the selected mountain streams of both drainage basin systems. The conducted analysis of fluvial bedload dynamics in different defined subsystems of Erdalen (79.5 km2) and Bødalen (60.1 km2) provides information on (i) detectable relevant sediment sources, (ii) instream channel storage of bedload material, (iii) spatiotemporal variability and controls of bedload transport rates and bedload yields, and (iv) the absolute and relative importance of fluvial bedload transport within the sedimentary budgets of these steep cold climate mountain catchments. Rockfalls, snow avalanches, stream channel bank erosion, and fluvial transfers through small tributaries draining slope systems are relevant sediment sources for fluvial bedload transport in the main stream channels, whereas the main outlet glaciers in both catchment systems are not of importance as all bedload material delivered directly from these outlet glaciers is trapped within proglacial lakes. Snow avalanches are the most important sediment source in Erdalen, whereas fluvial transfers through small tributaries followed by snow avalanches are most important in Bødalen. Narrow valleys within both drainage basin systems are characterized by a higher intensity of slope-channel coupling and display higher rates of sediment supply from slopes into main stream channels than wider valleys. Longer-term, instream channel storage is not of great importance in the steep Bødalen catchment but currently plays an important role within the Erdalen drainage basin, which is characterized by a stepped longitudinal main valley bottom profile favoring deposition of bedload material within the less steep main channel reaches. The computed mean annual bedload yields (2010-2013) are 2.4 t km-2y-1 for the entire Erdalen and 13.3 t km-2y-1 for the entire Bødalen, which are comparably low values for steep and partly glacierized catchment systems. Because of supply-limited conditions, the intensity of fluvial bedload transport is generally more related to the availability of sediments than to channel discharge. Fluvial bedload transport accounts for about one-third of the total fluvial transport in both drainage basin systems.

  13. Peat soils as a source of lead contamination to upland fluvial systems.

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    Rothwell, James J; Evans, Martin G; Daniels, Stephen M; Allott, Timothy E H

    2008-06-01

    Upland peat soils are generally regarded as effective sinks of atmospherically deposited lead. However, the physical process of erosion has the potential to transform peat soils from sinks to sources of lead contamination. Lead input and fluvial lead outputs (dissolved+particulate) were estimated for a contaminated and severely eroding peatland catchment in the southern Pennines, UK. Lead input to the catchment is 30.0+/-6.0gha(-1)a(-1) and the output from the catchment is 317+/-22.4gha(-1)a(-1). Suspended particulate matter accounts for 85% of lead export. Contaminated peat soils of the catchment are a significant source of lead to the fluvial system. This study has demonstrated strong coupling between the physical process of erosion and the mobilization of lead into the fluvial system. The process of peat erosion should therefore be considered when estimating lead outputs from peatland catchments, especially in the context of climate change. PMID:17949867

  14. Fluvial Channel Networks as Analogs for the Ridge-Forming Unit, Sinus Meridiani, Mars

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    Wilkinson, M. J.; du Bois, J. B.

    2010-01-01

    Fluvial models have been generally discounted as analogs for the younger layered rock units of Sinus Meridiani. A fluvial model based on the large fluvial fan provides a possibly close analog for various features of the sinuous ridges of the etched, ridge-forming unit (RFU) in particular. The close spacing of the RFU ridges, their apparently chaotic orientations, and their organization in dense networks all appear unlike classical stream channel patterns. However, drainage patterns on large fluvial fans low-angle, fluvial aggradational features, 100s of km long, documented worldwide by us provide parallels. Some large fan characteristics resemble those of classical floodplains, but many differences have been demonstrated. One major distinction relevant to the RFU is that channel landscapes of large fans can dominate large areas (1.2 million km2 in one S. American study area). We compare channel morphologies on large fans in the southern Sahara Desert with ridge patterns in Sinus Meridiani (fig 1). Stream channels are the dominant landform on large terrestrial fans: they may equate to the ubiquitous, sinuous, elongated ridges of the RFU that cover areas region wide. Networks of convergent/divergent and crossing channels may equate to similar features in the ridge networks. Downslope divergence is absent in channels of terrestrial upland erosional landscapes (fig. 1, left), whereas it is common to both large fans (fig. 1, center) and RFU ridge patterns (fig 1, right downslope defined as the regional NW slope of Sinus Meridiani). RFU ridge orientation, judged from those areas apparently devoid of impact crater control, is broadly parallel with the regional slope (arrow, fig. 1, right), as is mean orientation of major channels on large fans (arrow, fig. 1, center). High densities per unit area characterize fan channels and martian ridges reaching an order of magnitude higher than those in uplands just upstream of the terrestrial study areas fig. 1. In concert with several other regional features, these morphological similarities argue for the RFU as a possibly fluvial unit.

  15. Longitudinal fluvial drainage patterns within a foreland basin-fill: Permo-Triassic Sydney Basin, Australia

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    Cowan, E. Jun

    1993-05-01

    The north-south trending Permo-Triassic Sydney Basin (southern sector of the Sydney-Bowen Basin) is unique compared to many documented retro-arc foreland basins, in that considerable basin-fill was derived from a cratonic source as well as a coeval fold belt source. Quantitative analysis of up-sequence changes in sandstone petrography and palaeoflow directions, together with time-rock stratigraphy of the fluvial basin-fill, indicate two spatially and temporally separated depositional episodes of longitudinal fluvial dispersal systems. A longitudinal drainage-net similar in geometry to the modern Ganga River system (reduced to 60% original size) explains many of the palaeoflow patterns and cross-basinal petrofacies variation recorded in the basin-fill. The Late Permian to Early Triassic rocks reveal a basin-wide southerly directed fluvial drainage system, contemporaneous with east-west shortening recorded in the New England Fold Belt. In contrast, the Middle Triassic strata reveal a change to an easterly directed fluvial system, correlated to a shift in orogenic load to a NW-SE orientation in the fold belt northeast of the basin. The detailed petrofacies variation in the deposits of the second longitudinal fluvial dispersal system reveals vertical jumps in petrofacies compositions, with uniform compositions between jumps. The petrological jumps are interpreted as the result of minor fault adjustments in the fold belt, resulting in changing rates of sediment supply to the foreland basin. Uninterrupted erosion of the same terrain most likely caused the compositional uniformity between jumps. The identification of similar longitudinal fluvial systems, with transverse variation in detrital composition, is likely to help resolve the tectonic history of foreland fold belts elsewhere.

  16. Deep instability of deforested tropical peatlands revealed by fluvial organic carbon fluxes.

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    Moore, Sam; Evans, Chris D; Page, Susan E; Garnett, Mark H; Jones, Tim G; Freeman, Chris; Hooijer, Aljosja; Wiltshire, Andrew J; Limin, Suwido H; Gauci, Vincent

    2013-01-31

    Tropical peatlands contain one of the largest pools of terrestrial organic carbon, amounting to about 89,000 teragrams (1?Tg is a billion kilograms). Approximately 65 per cent of this carbon store is in Indonesia, where extensive anthropogenic degradation in the form of deforestation, drainage and fire are converting it into a globally significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Here we quantify the annual export of fluvial organic carbon from both intact peat swamp forest and peat swamp forest subject to past anthropogenic disturbance. We find that the total fluvial organic carbon flux from disturbed peat swamp forest is about 50 per cent larger than that from intact peat swamp forest. By carbon-14 dating of dissolved organic carbon (which makes up over 91 per cent of total organic carbon), we find that leaching of dissolved organic carbon from intact peat swamp forest is derived mainly from recent primary production (plant growth). In contrast, dissolved organic carbon from disturbed peat swamp forest consists mostly of much older (centuries to millennia) carbon from deep within the peat column. When we include the fluvial carbon loss term, which is often ignored, in the peatland carbon budget, we find that it increases the estimate of total carbon lost from the disturbed peatlands in our study by 22 per cent. We further estimate that since 1990 peatland disturbance has resulted in a 32 per cent increase in fluvial organic carbon flux from southeast Asia--an increase that is more than half of the entire annual fluvial organic carbon flux from all European peatlands. Our findings emphasize the need to quantify fluvial carbon losses in order to improve estimates of the impact of deforestation and drainage on tropical peatland carbon balances. PMID:23364745

  17. Contrasting fluvial styles of the Paraguay River in the northwestern border of the Pantanal wetland, Brazil

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    Assine, Mario Luis; Silva, Aguinaldo

    2009-12-01

    The Upper Paraguay drainage basin is situated mainly in west-central Brazil, near the Bolivian border. Flowing from north to south, the Paraguay is the trunk river of an alluvial depositional tract characterized by complex geomorphologic zonation that resulted from an intricate geologic evolution since the Late Pleistocene. This paper focuses on the geomorphology of the Paraguay River at the northwestern border of the Pantanal wetland, where two broad geomorphologic zones were distinguished. North from the Pantanal wetland, the Paraguay River flows in an aggradational fluvial plain, 5 km wide and incised into older alluvial deposits. The river exhibits a meandering style over most of its course, but sinuosity drops from 2.2 to 1.1 near the northwest border of the Pantanal wetland where the river has been forming the Paraguay fluvial megafan since the Late Pleistocene. The river deflects 90 eastward at the entrance into the Pantanal, changing its fluvial style because of a progressive loss of confinement downstream of the point where the river reaches lowland plains. The river becomes more sinuous, adopts a distributary pattern within the wetland and brings about the creation of the modern depositional lobe characterized by higher topographic gradient and active sedimentation likely linked to increased accommodation space allowing progradation. Fluvial discharge diminishes in the Pantanal wetland because of channel overbank flow during the rainy season and frequent levee crevassing. Avulsion belts and channel-levee complex are preserved on the floodplain as relict forms. South of the convergence of the two main channels that define the Taiam Island, a loss of gradient marks the base of the depositional lobe. Further downstream, the Paraguay River returns to a meandering fluvial style, but crossing a large fluvial plain populated by hundreds of small lakes and seasonally flooded that characterizes the Pantanal wetland.

  18. Integrated stratigraphy of Paleocene lignite seams of the fluvial Tullock Formation, Montana (USA).

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    Noorbergen, Lars J.; Kuiper, Klaudia F.; Hilgen, Frederik J.; Krijgsman, Wout; Dekkers, Mark J.; Smit, Jan; Abels, Hemmo A.

    2015-04-01

    Coal-bearing fluvial sedimentation is generally thought to be dominated by autogenic processes that are processes intrinsic to the sedimentary system. Ongoing research however suggests that several fluvial processes such as floodplain inundation and avulsion, can also be controlled by external forcing such as orbital climate change. Still, the exact role of orbital climate forcing in fluvial sediments is difficult to decipher since riverine deposits are complicated by variable sedimentation rates including erosion of previously deposited material, by lateral heterogeneity of sedimentation, and by scarcity of independent dating methods. The early Paleocene lignite-bearing Tullock Formation of the Williston Basin in eastern Montana represents a record of fluvial sedimentation that is perfectly exposed and, displays a seemingly regular alternation of sandstones and lignite seams. These coal beds contain multiple volcanic ash layers. Here, we use an integrated stratigraphic approach (litho- and magnetostratigraphy, geochemical fingerprinting and radio-isotope dating of volcanic ash layers) to establish a high-resolution time frame for the early Paleocene fluvial sediments. First age estimations indicate that the Tullock Formation in Eastern Montana was deposited over a time span of ~ 1000 kyr subsequent to the Cretaceous - Paleogene boundary, dated at ~ 65.95 Ma [1]. Initial high-resolution magnetostratigraphy revealed the occurrence of the C29r/C29n polarity reversal which was stratigraphic consistent at different field locations. We investigate the regional significance of sedimentary change at multiple sites of the same age in order to provide improved insight on the role of orbital forcing in fluvial coal formation. References: [1] Kuiper, K.F., Deino, A., Hilgen, F.J., Krijgsman, W., Renne, P.R., Wijbrans, J.R. (2008). Synchronizing Rock Clocks of Earth History. Science 320, 500-504.

  19. A 100 ka record of fluvial activity in the Fitzroy River Basin, tropical northeastern Australia

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    Croke, Jacky; Jansen, John D.; Amos, Kathryn; Pietsch, Timothy J.

    2011-06-01

    This study reports the nature and timing of Quaternary fluvial activity in the Fitzroy River basin, which drains a diverse 143,000 km 2 area in northeastern Queensland, before discharging into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The catchment consists of an extensive array of channel and floodplain types that we show have undergone large-scale fluvial adjustment in-channel planform, geometry and sinuosity. Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of quartz sediments from fifteen (3-18 m) floodplain cores throughout the basin indicates several discrete phases of active bedload activity: at 105-85 ka in Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 5, at 50-40 ka (MIS 3), and at 30-10 ka (MIS 3/2). The overall timing of late Quaternary fluvial activity correlates well with previous accounts from across Australia with rivers being primarily active during interstadials. Fluvial activity, however, does not appear to have been synchronous throughout the basin's major sub-catchments. Fluvial activity throughout MIS 2 (i.e. across the Last Glacial Maximum) in the meandering channels of the Fitzroy correlates well with regional data in tropical northeastern Queensland, and casts new light on the river response to reduced rainfall and vegetation cover suggested by regional palaeoclimate indicators. Moreover, the absence of a strong Holocene signal is at odds with previous accounts from elsewhere throughout Australia. The latitudinal position of the Fitzroy across the Tropic of Capricorn places this catchment at a key location for elucidating the main hydrological drivers of Quaternary fluvial activity in northeastern Australia, and especially for determining tropical moisture sources feeding into the headwaters of Cooper Creek, a major river system of the continental interior.

  20. Ridge Orientations of the Ridge-Forming Unit, Sinus Meridiani, Mars-A Fluvial Explanation

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    Wilkinson, M. Justin; Herridge, A.

    2013-01-01

    Imagery and MOLA data were used in an analysis of the ridge-forming rock unit (RFU) exposed in Sinus Meridiani (SM). This unit shows parallels at different scales with fluvial sedimentary bodies. We propose the terrestrial megafan as the prime analog for the RFU, and likely for other members of the layered units. Megafans are partial cones of fluvial sediment, with radii up to hundreds of km. Although recent reviews of hypotheses for the RFU units exclude fluvial hypotheses [1], inverted ridges in the deserts of Oman have been suggested as putative analogs for some ridges [2], apparently without appreciating The wider context in which these ridges have formed is a series of megafans [3], a relatively unappreciated geomorphic feature. It has been argued that these units conform to the megafan model at the regional, subregional and local scales [4]. At the regional scale suites of terrestrial megafans are known to cover large areas at the foot of uplands on all continents - a close parallel with the setting of the Meridiani sediments at the foot of the southern uplands of Mars, with its incised fluvial systems leading down the regional NW slope [2, 3] towards the sedimentary units. At the subregional scale the layering and internal discontinuities of the Meridiani rocks are consistent, inter alia, with stacked fluvial units [4]. Although poorly recognized as such, the prime geomorphic environment in which stream channel networks cover large areas, without intervening hillslopes, is the megafan [see e.g. 4]. Single megafans can reach 200,000 km2 [5]. Megafans thus supply an analog for areas where channel-like ridges (as a palimpsest of a prior landscape) cover the intercrater plains of Meridiani [6]. At the local, or river-reach scale, the numerous sinuous features of the RFU are suggestive of fluvial channels. Cross-cutting relationships, a common feature of channels on terrestrial megafans, are ubiquitous. Desert megafans show cemented paleo-channels as inverted topography [4] with all these characteristics.

  1. Diagenetic history of fluvial and lacustrine sandstones of the Hartford Basin (Triassic Jurassic), Newark Supergroup, USA

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    Wolela, A. M.; Gierlowski-Kordesch, E. H.

    2007-04-01

    The early introduction of clays into continental sandstones has been attributed to mechanical infiltration by percolation of clay-rich surface waters into grain framework or cutans formed from pedogenic processes. The discovery of pedogenic mud aggregates as traction-load mud in ancient fluvial deposits suggests that permeability and porosity of terrigenous sandstones can be influenced at deposition and control early diagenetic patterns. This study compares diagenesis in fluvial (subaerially exposed) sandstones with lacustrine (subaqueous) sandstones in a Triassic-Jurassic continental rift basin (Hartford Basin, Newark Supergroup). Diversity of diagenetic minerals and sequence of diagenetic alteration can be directly related to depositional environment. The fluvial sandstones in the New Haven Arkose, East Berlin Formation, and Shuttle Meadow Formation of the Hartford Basin are dominated by concretionary calcite and early calcite cement, infiltrated clays (illite-smectite), pedogenic mud aggregates (smectite and illite-smectite), grain coating clays (illite/hematite, illite-chlorite/hematite), quartz overgrowths, late stage carbonate cements (calcite, ferroan calcite), pore-filling clays (illite, kaolinite with minor amounts of smectite, smectite-chlorite, illite-smectite) and hematite. However, pedogenic processes in these fluvial sandstones retarded the development of quartz and feldspar overgrowths, and carbonate authigenesis, as well as the quality of diagenetically enhanced porosity. Dark gray-black lacustrine (subaqueous) sandstones and mudrocks in the East Berlin and Shuttle Meadow Formations are dominated by pyrite, concretionary dolomite and early dolomite cement, radial grain coating clays (smectite-chlorite, illite-smectite), late stage carbonate cements (dolomite, ferroan dolomite, ankerite), albite and pore-filling clays (smectite-chlorite, illite-smectite, illite-chlorite). Clay minerals exist as detrital, mechanically infiltrated, and neoformed clay. The fluvial sandstones in the New Haven Arkose are dominated by illite. The East Berlin and Shuttle Meadow Formations are dominated by illite in the fluvial sequences and smectite-chlorite and illite-smectite in the lacustrine sandstones. Dolomite, ferroan dolomite, and ankerite are restricted to lacustrine sandstones, whereas calcite and ferroan calcite to fluvial sandstones. Albite predominantly precipitated in lacustrine rather than fluvial environments through intergranular dissolution of plagioclase by acidic meteoric water, dissolution of unstable mafic minerals, and sodium-rich brines and evaporites developed from groundwater. Albitization and carbonate cementation are the most pronounced late stage diagenetic processes affecting both types of Hartford sandstones.

  2. Gone But Not Forgotten: The Aeolian Modification of Fluvial Surfaces on Mars: Preliminary Results from Central Australia

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    Bourke, M. C.

    2003-01-01

    MOC images indicate that aeolian ridges may mask and even obliterate primary depositional surfaces on Mars. This modification increases the difficulty in mapping the recent geological history of the planet. An analogue study in central Australia demonstrates how patterns in aeolian dunes, formed over abandoned fluvial surfaces, can be used to detect buried fluvial features.

  3. Selective deposition response to aeolian-fluvial sediment supply in the desert braided channel of the Upper Yellow River, China

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    Wang, H.; Jia, X.

    2015-02-01

    Rivers flow across aeolian dunes and develop braided stream channels. Both aeolian and fluvial sediment supplies regulate sediment transport and deposition in such a cross-dune braided river. Here we show a significant selective deposition in response to both aeolian and fluvial sediment supplies in the Ulan Buh desert braided channel. This selective deposition developed by the interaction between the flows and the Aeolian-fluvial sediment supplies, making the coarser sediments (> 0.08 mm) from aeolian sand supply and bank erosion to accumulate in the channel center and the finer fluvial sediments (< 0.08 mm) to be deposited on the bar and floodplain surfaces and forming a coarser-grained thalweg bed bounded by finer-grained floodplain surfaces. This lateral selective deposition reduces the downstream sediment transport and is a primary reason for the formation of "above-ground river" in the braided reach of the Upper Yellow River in response to aeolian and fluvial sediment supplies.

  4. A mechanistic detachment rate model to predict soil erodibility due to fluvial and seepage forces

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    The erosion rate of cohesive soils is typically computed using an excess shear stress model based on the applied fluvial shear stress. However, no mechanistic approaches are available for incorporating additional forces such as localized groundwater seepage forces into the excess shear stress model...

  5. A Chemical Treatment to Reduce P Desorption From Manure Exposed Fluvial Sediments

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    The current remediation methods for manure spills that have reached surface waters give no attention to the P enriched ditch sediments that remain in the fluvial system and continue to impair the water column. Consequently, no method exists to treat P contaminated sediments to reduce their ability ...

  6. Characterization and architecture of fluvial sand bodies in a intracratonic alluvial fan

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    Martinius, A.W.; Cuevas Gozalo, M.C. )

    1993-09-01

    The fluvial deposits of the Tortola alluvial fan of late Oligocene to early Miocene were deposited in the intracratonic Loranca Basin (Spain). the fluvial facies comprise individual and amalgamated sand bodies embedded in flood-plain fines. The succession is a labyrinth-type reservoir analog. A distal and proximal fan locality have been compared. The sand bodies were characterized and quantified by means of three-dimensional (3-D) morphology and facies analysis, sandbody size statistics, permeability and gamma-ray log profiles, and geometry of permeability baffles. A classification of the sand bodies in six genetic types was established: meander-loop, low-sinuosity channel-fill, braided channel-fill, deltaic, interchannel bar, and crevasse-splay deposits. This classification is conditioned by a set og geological rules. The external geometry, internal organization, and spatial arrangement of the genetic types is determined by variation in hydrodynamic conditions, sediment supply, fan morphology, and basin subsidence. Significant differences in reservoir quality exist between the genetic types, and between the two fan localities. Analysis of the sequential development of the two localities shows that the 3-D architecture is the result of coalescing fan depositional systems: a minor fluvial fan systems from the eastern basin margin, and local minor fluvial systems. Shifting of the channels on the fan surface due to avulsion processes, differential basin subsidence, and tectonic movements influenced fan formation and hence reservoir quality.

  7. Mixed fluvial systems of the Messak Sandstone, a deposit of the Nubian lithofacies, southwestern Libya

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    Lorenz, John C.

    1987-11-01

    The Messak Sandstone is a coarse-grained to pebbly, tabular-crossbedded deposit of the widespread nubian lithofacies. It was deposited during Late Jurassic and/or Early Cretaceous time at the northern edge of the Murzuq basin, in southwestern Libya. Although the sedimentary record is predominantly one of braided fluvial systems, a common subfacies within the formation is interpreted to record the passage of straight-crested sand waves across laterally migrating point bars in sinuous rivers, similar to parts of the modern Ganga and Yamuna rivers. Because the sand waves were larger on the lower parts of the point bar, lateral migration created diagnostic thinning-upward cosets of tabular crossbeds, as well as fining-upward grain-size trends. Common thick, interbedded claystones, deposited in associated paludal and lacustrine environments, and high variance in crossbed dispersion patterns, also suggest the local presence of sinuous fluvial systems within the overall braided regime. The Messak Sandstone contains some of the features that led to the proposal of an unconventional low-sinuosity fluvial environment for the Nubian lithofacies in Egypt, and the continuously high water levels of this model may explain channel-scale clay drapes and overturned crossbeds in the Messak. However, most of the Messak characteristics are incompatible with a low-sinuosity model, suggesting instead that the fluvial channels in the Murzuq basin alternated between braided and high-sinuosity channel patterns.

  8. Variability of the fluvial thermal process during ice breakups of the Lena river (Siberia)

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    Costard, Francois; Gautier, Emmanuele; Fedorov, Alexander; Konstantinov, Pacha; Dupeyrat, Laure

    2013-04-01

    A 4-years observation program was initiated to quantify the variability of the fluvial thermal erosion during the ice breakups of the Lena River in Central Siberia. Parameters affecting fluvial thermal erosion have been collected in the middle valley near Yakutsk city where active fluvial thermal erosion on frozen islands has been recorded. The heads of islands undergo strong erosion with mean values of 12 m per year and maximal values reaching 40 m. The careful analysis of the annual data shows a high variability of the erosion rate, mostly due to the variability of the water stream temperature and to the duration and timing of the flood season. A laboratory simulation was proposed to quantify the potential impact of the recent global warming, by means of an increase of the water stream temperature. A hydraulic channel in a cold chamber simulate the ground thawing produced by heat transfer from the flow of water through the frozen ground; followed by mechanical transport of the thawed sediments. The measured increase up to 2C of the water stream temperature could alone multiply the erosion rate by 16% and explains the acceleration of the mobility of fluvial islands on the Lena river.

  9. Using Mars's Sulfur Cycle to Constrain the Duration and Timing of Fluvial Processes

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    Blaney, D. L.

    2002-01-01

    Sulfur exists in high abundances at diverse locations on Mars. This work uses knowledge of the Martian sulfate system to discriminate between leading hypotheses and discusses the implications for duration and timing of fluvial processes. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  10. Volcanogenic Fluvial-Lacustrine Environments in Iceland and Their Utility for Identifying Past Habitability on Mars

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    Cousins, Claire

    2015-01-01

    The search for once-habitable locations on Mars is increasingly focused on environments dominated by fluvial and lacustrine processes, such as those investigated by the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover. The availability of liquid water coupled with the potential longevity of such systems renders these localities prime targets for the future exploration of Martian biosignatures. Fluvial-lacustrine environments associated with basaltic volcanism are highly relevant to Mars, but their terrestrial counterparts have been largely overlooked as a field analogue. Such environments are common in Iceland, where basaltic volcanism interacts with glacial ice and surface snow to produce large volumes of meltwater within an otherwise cold and dry environment. This meltwater can be stored to create subglacial, englacial, and proglacial lakes, or be released as catastrophic floods and proglacial fluvial systems. Sedimentary deposits produced by the resulting fluvial-lacustrine activity are extensive, with lithologies dominated by basaltic minerals, low-temperature alteration assemblages (e.g., smectite clays, calcite), and amorphous, poorly crystalline phases (basaltic glass, palagonite, nanophase iron oxides). This paper reviews examples of these environments, including their sedimentary deposits and microbiology, within the context of utilising these localities for future Mars analogue studies and instrument testing. PMID:25692905

  11. MODIFICATION OF PHOSPHORUS EXPORT FROM A CATCHMENT BY FLUVIAL SEDIMENT PHOSPHORUS INPUTS

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    Phosphorus (P) export from agricultural watersheds can accelerate freshwater eutrophication. Landscape-based remedial measures can reduce edge-of-field P losses. However stream channel hydraulics and fluvial sediment properties can modify the forms and amounts of P exported by the time it reaches th...

  12. Sinus Meridiani Landing Site for Human Exploration - A Mesoscale Fluvial System

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    Wilkinson, M. J.; McGovern, P. J.

    2015-10-01

    SW Sinus Meridiani is proposed as an EZ as seen through the lens of the still poorly recognized large fluvial fan model. Hematite distribution, regional and Miyamoto Crater sedimentary stacks, sediment inundation of craters, and the rover traverse path are suggested ROIs.

  13. Mixed fluvial systems of Messak Sandstone, a deposit of Nubian lithofacies, southwestern Libya

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    Lorenz, J.C.

    1987-05-01

    The Messak Sandstone is a coarse to pebbly, tabular cross-bedded, Lower Cretaceous deposit of the widespread Nubian lithofacies. It was deposited at the northern edge of the Murzuq basin in southwestern Libya. Although the sedimentary record is predominantly one of braided fluvial systems, a common subfacies within the formation is interpreted to record the passage of straight-crested sand waves across laterally migrating point bars in sinuous rivers, similar to the pattern documented by Singh and Kumar on the modern Ganga and Yamuna Rivers. Because the sand waves were larger on the lower parts of the point bars, lateral migration created diagnostic thinning-upward, unidirectional cosets of tabular cross-beds as well as fining-upward, grain-size trends. Common, thick, interbedded claystones, deposited in associated paludal and lacustrine environments, and high variance in cross-bed dispersion patterns also suggest the local presence of sinuous fluvial systems within the overall braided regime. The Messak Sandstone contains some of the features that led Harms et al to propose an unconventional low-sinuosity fluvial environment for the Nubian lithofacies in Egypt, and the continuously high water levels of this model may explain channel-scale clay drapes and overturned cross-beds in the Messak. However, most of the Messak characteristics are incompatible with the low-sinuosity model, suggesting instead that the fluvial channels in the Murzuq basin alternated between braided and high-sinuosity patterns.

  14. "The Waters of Meridiani" - Further Support for a Fluvial Interpretation of the Ridged, Layered Units

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    Wilkinson, Justin; Kreslavsky, Misha

    2009-01-01

    A relatively unknown terrestrial fluvial environment, the mesoscale megafan, provides analogs for various Martian landscapes, including the etched unit (etched unit, Unite E of Arvidson et al., 2003; ridge-forming unit R of Edgett, 2005) of the Sinus Meridiani region on Mars. A global survey of Earth shows that megafans are very large partial cones of dominantly fluvial sediment with radii on the order of hundreds of km, and very low slopes. Responsible fluvial processes are sufficiently different from those of classical arid alluvial fans and deltas that it is useful to class megafans as separate features. The megafan model calls into question two commonly held ideas. 1. Earth examples prove that topographic basins per se are unnecessary for the accumulation of large sedimentary bodies. 2. River channels are by no means restricted to valleys (Meridiani sediments are termed a "valley-ed volume" of Edgett). These perspectives reveal unexpected parallels with features at Meridiani-several channel-like features that are widespread, mostly as ridges inverted by eolian erosion; channel networks covering thousands of sq km, especially on intercrater plains; and regional relationships of sediment bodies situated immediately downstream of highland masses. These all suggest that fluvial explanations are at least part of the Meridiani story.

  15. Volcanogenic fluvial-lacustrine environments in iceland and their utility for identifying past habitability on Mars.

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    Cousins, Claire

    2015-01-01

    The search for once-habitable locations on Mars is increasingly focused on environments dominated by fluvial and lacustrine processes, such as those investigated by the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover. The availability of liquid water coupled with the potential longevity of such systems renders these localities prime targets for the future exploration of Martian biosignatures. Fluvial-lacustrine environments associated with basaltic volcanism are highly relevant to Mars, but their terrestrial counterparts have been largely overlooked as a field analogue. Such environments are common in Iceland, where basaltic volcanism interacts with glacial ice and surface snow to produce large volumes of meltwater within an otherwise cold and dry environment. This meltwater can be stored to create subglacial, englacial, and proglacial lakes, or be released as catastrophic floods and proglacial fluvial systems. Sedimentary deposits produced by the resulting fluvial-lacustrine activity are extensive, with lithologies dominated by basaltic minerals, low-temperature alteration assemblages (e.g., smectite clays, calcite), and amorphous, poorly crystalline phases (basaltic glass, palagonite, nanophase iron oxides). This paper reviews examples of these environments, including their sedimentary deposits and microbiology, within the context of utilising these localities for future Mars analogue studies and instrument testing. PMID:25692905

  16. Variables and potential models for the bleaching of luminescence signals in fluvial environments

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    Gray, Harrison J.; Mahan, Shannon

    2015-01-01

    Luminescence dating of fluvial sediments rests on the assumption that sufficient sunlight is available to remove a previously obtained signal in a process deemed bleaching. However, luminescence signals obtained from sediment in the active channels of rivers often contain residual signals. This paper explores and attempts to build theoretical models for the bleaching of luminescence signals in fluvial settings. We present two models, one for sediment transported in an episodic manner, such as flood-driven washes in arid environments, and one for sediment transported in a continuous manner, such as in large continental scale rivers. The episodic flow model assumes that the majority of sediment is bleached while exposed to sunlight at the near surface between flood events and predicts a power-law decay in luminescence signal with downstream transport distance. The continuous flow model is developed by combining the Beer–Lambert law for the attenuation of light through a water column with a general-order kinetics equation to produce an equation with the form of a double negative exponential. The inflection point of this equation is compared with the sediment concentration from a Rouse profile to derive a non-dimensional number capable of assessing the likely extent of bleaching for a given set of luminescence and fluvial parameters. Although these models are theoretically based and not yet necessarily applicable to real-world fluvial systems, we introduce these ideas to stimulate discussion and encourage the development of comprehensive bleaching models with predictive power.

  17. Flow resistance in natural, turbulent channel flows: The need for a fluvial fluid mechanics

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    Keylock, Christopher J.

    2015-06-01

    In fluvial environments, feedbacks among flow, bed forms, sediment, and macrophytes result in a complex fluid dynamics. The assumptions underpinning standard tools in hydraulics are commonly violated and alternative approaches must be formulated. I argue that we should question the assumption that classical notions in fluid mechanics provide the foundations for the techniques of the future. Recent work on turbulent dissipation, interscale modulation of the dynamics, intermittency, and the role of complex forcings is discussed. An agenda for future work is proposed that involves improving our characterization of complex forcings and developing better understanding of the behavior of the velocity gradient tensor in complex, fluvial environments. This leads to the formulation of modeling tools relevant to fluvial fluid mechanics, rather than a reliance on methods developed elsewhere. One avenue by which such methods might be developed is suggested based on the stretched spiral vortex as a baseline topology. This would result in a nonequilibrium model for turbulence that has greater potential to capture the dynamics in which we are interested. Although these ideas are raised in the context of a future fluvial fluid mechanics, they are applicable to any situation where turbulent flows are forced in complicated ways.

  18. Study on detailed geological modelling for fluvial sandstone reservoir in Daqing oil field

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    Zhao Hanqing; Fu Zhiguo; Lu Xiaoguang

    1997-08-01

    Guided by the sedimentation theory and knowledge of modern and ancient fluvial deposition and utilizing the abundant information of sedimentary series, microfacies type and petrophysical parameters from well logging curves of close spaced thousands of wells located in a large area. A new method for establishing detailed sedimentation and permeability distribution models for fluvial reservoirs have been developed successfully. This study aimed at the geometry and internal architecture of sandbodies, in accordance to their hierarchical levels of heterogeneity and building up sedimentation and permeability distribution models of fluvial reservoirs, describing the reservoir heterogeneity on the light of the river sedimentary rules. The results and methods obtained in outcrop and modem sedimentation studies have successfully supported the study. Taking advantage of this method, the major producing layers (PI{sub 1-2}), which have been considered as heterogeneous and thick fluvial reservoirs extending widely in lateral are researched in detail. These layers are subdivided into single sedimentary units vertically and the microfacies are identified horizontally. Furthermore, a complex system is recognized according to their hierarchical levels from large to small, meander belt, single channel sandbody, meander scroll, point bar, and lateral accretion bodies of point bar. The achieved results improved the description of areal distribution of point bar sandbodies, provide an accurate and detailed framework model for establishing high resolution predicting model. By using geostatistic technique, it also plays an important role in searching for enriched zone of residual oil distribution.

  19. Processes of fluvial island formation, with examples from plum creek, Colorado and Snake River, Idaho

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    Osterkamp, W.R.

    1998-01-01

    A fluvial island is a landform, elevated above and surrounded by stream-channel branches or waterways, that persists sufficiently long to establish permanent vegetation. Natural fluvial islands occur in any part of a drainage network but most commonly in montane, piedmont-valley, and coastal flood-plain environments. Processes, often interactive, by which islands form include avulsion (the sudden separation of land by a flood or by an abrupt change in the course of a stream), rapid and gradual channel incision, channel migration, dissection of both rapidly and slowly deposited bed sediment, and deposition of bed sediment on a vegetated surface or behind a channel obstruction. Products of high-energy conditions, fluvial islands typically lack stability over decades to millennia. Fluvial islands in Plum Creek, Colorado, USA, results of sorting processes following a recent high-magnitude flood, and in the Snake River, Idaho, USA, partly results of the Pleistocene Bonneville Flood, illustrate how islands form, develop, and disappear. The examples consider differing conditions of island shape, size, height, sediment, and vegetation.

  20. Fluvial rainbow trout contribute to the colonization of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in a small stream

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    Weigel, Dana E.; Connolly, Patrick J.; Powell, Madison S.

    2013-01-01

    Life history polymorphisms provide ecological and genetic diversity important to the long term persistence of species responding to stochastic environments. Oncorhynchus mykiss have complex and overlapping life history strategies that are also sympatric with hatchery populations. Passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags and parentage analysis were used to identify the life history, origin (hatchery or wild) and reproductive success of migratory rainbow/steelhead for two brood years after barriers were removed from a small stream. The fluvial rainbow trout provided a source of wild genotypes to the colonizing population boosting the number of successful spawners. Significantly more parr offspring were produced by anadromous parents than expected in brood year 2005, whereas significantly more parr offspring were produced by fluvial parents than expected in brood year 2006. Although hatchery steelhead were prevalent in the Methow Basin, they produced only 2 parr and no returning adults in Beaver Creek. On average, individual wild steelhead produced more parr offspring than the fluvial or hatchery groups. Yet, the offspring that returned as adult steelhead were from parents that produced few parr offspring, indicating that high production of parr offspring may not be related to greater returns of adult offspring. These data in combination with other studies of sympatric life histories of O. mykiss indicate that fluvial rainbow trout are important to the conservation and recovery of steelhead and should be included in the management and recovery efforts.

  1. Fluvial sediment of the Mississippi River at St. Louis, Missouri

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    Jordan, Paul Robert

    1965-01-01

    An investigation of the fluvial sediment of the Mississippi River at St. Louis, Mo., was begun in 1948. Most data have been obtained only to determine the daily suspended-sediment discharge and the particle-size distribution of suspended sediment and bed material, but a few data have been obtained to study the flow resistance, the vertical distribution of sediment and velocity, and the bed-material discharge. The flow of the Mississippi River at St. Louis is made up of the flows from the Missouri River, which had an average flow of 79,860 cubic feet per second for 1897-1958 at Hermann, Mo., and from the upper Mississippi River, which had an average flow of 91,890 cubic feet per second for 1928-58 at Alton, Il. The Missouri River is partly controlled by reservoirs that had a total capacity of 90,300,000 acre-feet in 1956, and the upper Mississippi River is partly controlled by lakes and reservoirs that had a total capacity of 4,890,000 acre-feet in 1956. The flows of the Missouri and upper Mississippi Rivers have not become mixed at St. Louis; so the river has a lateral gradient of suspended-sediment concentration. The concentration near the west bank has been as much as 2,400 parts per million greater than the concentration near the east bank. Suspended-sediment discharges from April 1948 to September 1958 ranged from 4,250 to 7,010,000 tons per day and averaged 496,000 tons per day. Mean concentrations for water years decreased steadily from 1,690 parts per million in 1949 to 403 parts per million in 1956, but they increased to 756 parts per million in 1958. Effects of new reservoirs in the Missouri River basin on the concentration have been obscured by the close relation of concentration to streamflow. Measured suspended-sediment discharge through September 1958 averaged 47 percent clay, 38 percent silt, and 15 percent sand. Variations of particle size were due mainly to differences in the source areas of the sediment. Most of the bed material in the main flow was between 0.125 and 1.000 millimeter in diameter. The average of median diameters was related to the discharge for periods of 1 year and longer. Geometric quartile deviations of the bed material ranged from 1.1 to 2.5 and averaged 1.5. The mean elevation of the bed had a range of almost 10 feet and was related to the median diameter of bed material by the regression equation hb=363.0 - 7.8 d50 for which the standard error of estimate was 0.91 foot. The resistance to flow as measured by Manning's n ranged from 0.024 to 0.041 and was related to the discharge and mean velocity but not to the shear velocity. Normal dune height is 2-8 feet, and average dune length is about 250 feet. When the resistance to flow was low, much of the bed was fairly fiat; a few dunes were present, but they were much longer than the average. For a given discharge during individual rises in stage, the gage height was lower for increasing discharge than for decreasing discharge even though the bed elevation was higher. The changes in gage height were not caused by changes in energy gradient due to changing discharge, by channel storage between the gage and the measuring section, nor by return of overbank flow; but they were probably caused by a combination of changes in roughness due to changing bed configuration and of changes in turbulence constant due to changing sediment concentration. Turbulence constants (Von Karman's k) computed from velocity measurements at 5-10 points in the vertical and from routine velocity measurements at 2 points in the vertical averaged 0.35 and 0.33, respectively. The exponent z1 of the vertical distribution of concentration for different size ranges varied with about the 0.77 power of the fall velocity. Except for the difference between the theoretical variation and the actual variation of z1 with changing fall velocity, the theoretical equation for the vertical distribution of sediment concentration seems to apply reasonably well for the Miss

  2. Environmental changes in the central Po Plain (northern Italy) due to fluvial modifications and anthropogenic activities

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    Marchetti, Mauro

    2002-05-01

    The fluvial environment of the central Po Plain, the largest plain in Italy, is discussed in this paper. Bounded by the mountain chains of the Alps and the Apennines, this plain is a link between the Mediterranean environment and the cultural and continental influences of both western and eastern Europe. In the past decades, economic development has been responsible for many changes in the fluvial environment of the area. This paper discusses the changes in fluvial dynamics that started from Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene due to distinct climatic changes. The discussion is based on geomorphological, pedological, and archaeological evidences and radiocarbon dating. In the northern foothills, Late Pleistocene palaeochannels indicate several cases of underfit streams among the northern tributaries of the River Po. On the other hand, on the southern side of the Po Plain, no geomorphological evidence of similar discharge reduction has been found. Here, stratigraphic sections, together with archaeological remains buried under the fluvial deposits, show a reduction in the size of fluvial sediments after the 10th millennium BC. During the Holocene, fluvial sedimentation became finer, and was characterised by minor fluctuations in the rate of deposition, probably related to short and less intense climatic fluctuations. Given the high rate of population growth and the development of human activities since the Neolithic Age, human influence on fluvial dynamics, especially since the Roman Age, prevailed over other factors (i.e., climate, tectonics, vegetation, etc.). During the Holocene, the most important changes in the Po Plain were not modifications in water discharge but in sediment. From the 1st to 3rd Century AD, land grants to war veterans caused almost complete deforestation, generalised soil erosion, and maximum progradation of the River Po delta. At present, land abandonment in the mountainous region has led to reafforestation. Artificial channel control in the mountain sector of the basins and in-channel gravel extraction (now illegal but very intense in the 1960s and 1970s) are causing erosion along the rivers and along large sectors of the Adriatic coast. These changes are comparable with those occurring in basins of other Mediterranean rivers.

  3. Fluvial responses to late Quaternary climate change in the Shiyang River drainage system, western China

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    Gao, Hongshan; Li, Zongmeng; Pan, Baotian; Liu, Fenliang; Liu, Xiaopeng

    2016-04-01

    As a drainage system located in arid western China, the Shiyang River, combined with considerable fluvial strata and landform information, provides an environmental context within which to investigate fluvial responses to late Quaternary climate change. Sedimentological analysis and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating enabled us to reconstruct the processes and fluvial styles of three sedimentary sequences of the Shagou and Hongshui rivers in the Shiyang drainage system. Our results present a variety of river behaviors during the late Quaternary in these areas. In the upstream Shiyang River, Zhangjiadazhuang (ZJDZ) profile of the Shagou was dominated by aggradation and a meandering channel pattern at 10.6-4.2 ka, while a noticeable channel incision occurred at ~ 4.2 ka followed by lateral channel migration. In the downstream Shiyang River, Datugou (DTG) profile of the Hongshui was an aggrading meandering river from 39.7 to 7.2 ka while channel incision occurred at 7.2 ka. Another downstream profile, Wudunwan (WDW) of the Hongshui was also characterized by aggradation from 22.4 to 4.8 ka; however, its channel pattern shifted from braided to meandering at ~ 13 ka. A discernable downcutting event occurred at ~ 4.8 ka, followed by three channel aggradation and incision episodes prior to 1.8 ka. The last 1.8 ka has been characterized by modern channel and floodplain development. The fluvial processes and styles investigated have a close correlation with late Quaternary climate change in the Shiyang River drainage. During cold phases, the WDW reach was dominated by aggradation with a braided channel pattern. During warm phases, the rivers that we investigated were also characterized by aggradation but with meandering channel patterns. Channel incision events and changes of fluvial style occurred mainly during climate transitions.

  4. Geomorphic thresholds and complex response of fluvial systems - some implications for sequence stratigraphy

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    Wescott, W.A. )

    1993-07-01

    First-generation sequence stratigraphic models have dealt in a very rudimentary fashion with the response of fluvial systems to eustasy. A major element of presently accepted models is that rivers incise when sea level falls and aggrade during the ensuing rise. Geomorphic principles state that fluvial systems are complex, process-response systems that can adjust to internal and external changes in other ways besides incision and aggradation by modifying their stream patterns and channel geometries. Application of geomorphic principles to sequence stratigraphic models results in the following observations. During eustatic lowstands, rivers may adjust to lowered base levels and changes in slope by modifying channel patterns. Therefore, not all lowstands produce type 1 sequence boundaries. Type 1 sequence boundaries characterized by fluvial-valley incision are more likely to develop when sea level drops below the shelf-slope break, resulting in topological relief near the strandline in which headwardly eroding knickpoints form. Rate of eustatic change is sufficiently low that geomorphic systems can maintain their equilibrium during eustatic changes and migrate back and forth across the shelf without major modifications. Finally, under conditions of relatively static sea level, sequences and parasequences of the same scale in time and space can be deposited as the result of purely intrinsic causes and responses of a fluvial system. In general, eustasy controls the location of deposition and erosion, but the resultant stratal geometry is controlled by sediment supply and processes acting on the sediments as the shoreline moves across the shelf in response to eustasy. Sequence stratigraphy is frequently used in petroleum exploration and basin analysis. However, present models do not adequately in corporate modern principles of fluvial geomorphology and do not accurately predict sedimentary facies and surfaces in some basins. 33 refs., 14 figs., 4 tabs.

  5. Characteristics of steady state fluvial topography above fault-bend folds

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    Miller, Scott R.; Slingerland, Rudy L.; Kirby, Eric

    2007-12-01

    In steady state convergent orogens, erosion balances lateral as well as vertical bedrock motions. For simple geometrical reasons, the difference between the total steady state erosion flux and its vertical component is up to 30% for typical fluvial slopes and bedrock streamline inclinations, suggesting that lateral advection is also likely to be expressed topographically. In order to understand these geomorphologic consequences, we focus on steady state topography developed on active fault-bend folds. First, we derive an analytical solution for the slopes of detachment-limited streams that incorporates lateral advection. Next, we conduct experiments using a numerical two-dimensional landscape evolution model (Channel-Hillslope Integrated Landscape Development model (CHILD)) incorporating linear diffusion on hillslopes and detachment-limited stream channel incision above a fault-bend fold. The concavity and steepness indices of steady state long profiles are functions of bedrock velocity magnitude and direction, streamflow direction, and fluvial erosivity. Asymmetry of mountain range profiles varies as a function of fluvial erosivity or bedrock velocity only if we account for the lateral velocity component. This asymmetry is equally sensitive to this lateral component, fluvial incision, and hillslope diffusion. However, the effect of diffusion on drainage divide position is significant only at high diffusivities, short length scales, low bedrock advection rates, or relatively low fluvial erosivity. Thus in most mountain ranges and fault blocks, drainage divide migration is expected to be dictated by stream channel erosion. Model results are shown to be consistent with topography in the Siwalik Hills, Nepal, which overlie fault-bend folds produced above the frontal fault systems in the Himalayan foreland.

  6. Integrated geophysical and geological investigation of a heterogeneous fluvial aquifer in Columbus Mississippi

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    Bowling, Jerry C.; Harry, Dennis L.; Rodriguez, Antonio B.; Zheng, Chunmiao

    2007-05-01

    A heterogeneous fluvial aquifer system exposed in a sand and gravel quarry outcrop in northeastern Mississippi was examined to quantify the relationship between geophysical attributes and lithostratigraphic properties. Two dimensional seismic reflection, ground penetrating radar, and DC resistivity profiles collected along the top of the quarry wall were compared with outcrop descriptions, photographs, and laboratory resistivity measurements and grain-size analysis conducted on a core collected near the center of the geophysical profiles. The aquifer is composed of an upper laterally continuous sandy-clay meandering fluvial system and a lower cross-bedded gravelly-sand braided fluvial system separated by a terrace. Seismic reflection data image the terrace, but depositional structures within the aquifer are below seismic resolution. These structures, including meter-scale channels and decimeter-scale channel-fill facies are imaged with ground penetrating radar , which correlates well with the outcrop and with the DC resistivity profile. The meandering fluvial facies is characterized by relatively low resistivity values (500-1250 ?-m) and laterally continuous high-amplitude radar reflections. Lateral reflection terminations in the radar data indicate onlap at channel boundaries, which are filled with silty clay and clayey silt with very low resistivity values (50-400 ?-m). The braided fluvial facies is characterized by higher resistivity values (1600-2600 ?-m) and low-amplitude short bidirectional dipping radar reflections. Laboratory measurements of resistivity from a core collected along the quarry wall show a linear correlation to clay + silt content in all units within the meandering facies that have greater than 2% clay fraction, allowing surface DC resistivity data to be used as a predictor of clay + silt content in this facies. This is confirmed by comparison of predictions of clay + silt fraction based on the resistivity data to outcrop lithology. The combination of all three geophysical datasets is essential to fully characterize compartmentalization within this heterogeneous aquifer system.

  7. Fluctuations in fluvial style in the Wasatch Formation, Piceance Basin, Colorado: Climatic, tectonic, or sediment driven

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    Nadon, G.C. ); Lorenz, J.C. ); Lafrenier, L. )

    1996-01-01

    The Molina Member of the Wasatch Formation is a primary objective for light gas sandstone production. The G-Sandstone unit of the Molina produces an average of 200 MCFGPD. The chert-rich sandstones and conglomerates of the Molina Member, which are exposed in two subparallel belts on the western and eastern sides of the basin, are strikingly different from the remainder of the Wasatch formation. The underlying Atwell Gulch Member and overlying Shire Member are composed of floodplain mudstones with well developed paleosols and rare, lenticular channel sandstones. Both units are interpreted as anastomosed fluvial deposits. The Molina Member, which varies from 32-118 m thick and in places contains clasts >0.2 m, is more difficult to interpret. Different portions of individual sections contain significant proportions of parallel laminated sandstones up to 5 m thick and several hundred meters wide. These parallel laminated sandstones are most common to the north along the western outcrop bell. They are interbedded with sandstones and conglomerates that are typical of a braided fluvial deposit. The contact between the two fluvial styles is sharp but conformable. The Molina Member therefore represents a perturbation in fluvial style from suspended-load to bedload and back to suspended-load over a restricted time interval. This may be the product of a change in climate, i.e., a change in rainfall amount or timing in the source area, source rock, e.g., the unroofing of a Jurassic eolian sandstone, or an increase in the depositional slope due to uplift. The return to a mud-dominated depositional system in the Shire Member argues for either climatic or source-rock variations as the primary control of the fluvial style.

  8. Fluctuations in fluvial style in the Wasatch Formation, Piceance Basin, Colorado: Climatic, tectonic, or sediment driven?

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    Nadon, G.C.; Lorenz, J.C.; Lafrenier, L.

    1996-12-31

    The Molina Member of the Wasatch Formation is a primary objective for light gas sandstone production. The G-Sandstone unit of the Molina produces an average of 200 MCFGPD. The chert-rich sandstones and conglomerates of the Molina Member, which are exposed in two subparallel belts on the western and eastern sides of the basin, are strikingly different from the remainder of the Wasatch formation. The underlying Atwell Gulch Member and overlying Shire Member are composed of floodplain mudstones with well developed paleosols and rare, lenticular channel sandstones. Both units are interpreted as anastomosed fluvial deposits. The Molina Member, which varies from 32-118 m thick and in places contains clasts >0.2 m, is more difficult to interpret. Different portions of individual sections contain significant proportions of parallel laminated sandstones up to 5 m thick and several hundred meters wide. These parallel laminated sandstones are most common to the north along the western outcrop bell. They are interbedded with sandstones and conglomerates that are typical of a braided fluvial deposit. The contact between the two fluvial styles is sharp but conformable. The Molina Member therefore represents a perturbation in fluvial style from suspended-load to bedload and back to suspended-load over a restricted time interval. This may be the product of a change in climate, i.e., a change in rainfall amount or timing in the source area, source rock, e.g., the unroofing of a Jurassic eolian sandstone, or an increase in the depositional slope due to uplift. The return to a mud-dominated depositional system in the Shire Member argues for either climatic or source-rock variations as the primary control of the fluvial style.

  9. Two depositional models for Pliocene coastal plain fluvial systems, Goliad Formation, south Texas Gulf Coastal plain

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    Hoel, H.D.; Galloway, W.E.

    1983-03-01

    The Goliad Formation consists of four depositional systems-the Realitos and Mathis bed-load fluvial systems in the southwest and the Cuero and Eagle Lake mixed-load fluvial systems in the northeast. Five facies are recognized in the Realitos and Mathis bed-load fluvial systems: (1) primary channel-fill facies, (2) chaotic flood channel-fill facies, (3) complex splay facies, (4) flood plain facies, and (5) playa facies. A model for Realitos-Mathis depositional environments shows arid-climate braided stream complexes with extremely coarse sediment load, highly variable discharge, and marked channel instability. Broad, shallow, straight to slightly sinuous primary channels were flanked by wide flood channels. Flood channels passed laterally into broad, low-relief flood plains. Small playas occupied topographic lows near large channel axes. Three facies are recognized in the Cuero and Eagle Lake mixed-load fluvial systems: (1) channel-fill facies, (2) crevasse splay facies, and (3) flood plain facies. A model for Cuero-Eagle Lake depositional environments shows coarse-grained meander belts in a semi-arid climate. Slightly to moderately sinuous meandering streams were flanked by low, poorly developed natural levees. Crevasse splays were common, but tended to be broad and ill-defined. Extensive, low-relief flood plains occupied interaxial areas. The model proposed for the Realitos and Mathis fluvial systems may aid in recognition of analogous ancient depositional systems. In addition, since facies characteristics exercise broad controls on Goliad uranium mineralization, the proposed depositional models aid in defining target zones for Goliad uranium exploration.

  10. Unincised fluvial and tide-dominated estuarine systems from the Mesoproterozoic Lower Tombador Formation, Chapada Diamantina basin, Brazil

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    Magalhães, A. J. C.; Scherer, C. M. S.; Raja Gabaglia, G. P.; Bállico, M. B.; Catuneanu, O.

    2014-12-01

    The Mesoproterozoic Lower Tombador Formation is formed of shallow braided fluvial, unconfined to poorly-channelized ephemeral sheetfloods, sand-rich floodplain, tide-dominated estuarine, and shallow marine sediments. Lowstand braided fluvial deposits are characterized by a high degree of channel amalgamation interbedded with ephemeral, intermediate sheetflood sandstones. Sand-rich floodplain sediments consist of intervals formed by distal sheetflood deposits interbedded with thin layers of eolian sandstones. Tide-dominated estuarine successions are formed of tide-influenced sand-bed braided fluvial, tidal channel, tidal sand flat and tidal bars. Shallow marine intervals are composed of heterolithic strata and tidal sand bars. Seismic scale cliffs photomosaics calibrated with vertical sections indicate high lateral continuity of sheet-like depositional geometry for fluvial-estuarine successions. These geometric characteristics associated with no evidence of incised-valley features nor significant fluvial scouring suggest that the Lower Tombador Formation registers deposition of unincised fluvial and tide-dominated systems. Such a scenario is a natural response of the interplay between sedimentation and fluctuations of relative sea level on the gentle margins of a sag basin. This case study indicates that fluvial-estuarine successions exhibit the same facies distributions, irrespective of being related to unincised or incised-valley systems. Moreover, this case study can serve as a starting point to better understand the patterns of sedimentation for Precambrian basins formed in similar tectonic settings.

  11. Temporal and spatial variability of tidal-fluvial dynamics in the St. Lawrence fluvial estuary: An application of nonstationary tidal harmonic analysis

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    Matte, Pascal; Secretan, Yves; Morin, Jean

    2014-09-01

    Predicting tides in upstream reaches of rivers is a challenge, because tides are highly nonlinear and nonstationary, and accurate short-time predictions of river flow are hard to obtain. In the St. Lawrence fluvial estuary, tide forecasts are produced using a one-dimensional model (ONE-D), forced downstream with harmonic constituents, and upstream with daily discharges using 30 day flow forecasts from Lake Ontario and the Ottawa River. Although this operational forecast system serves its purpose of predicting water levels, information about nonstationary tidal-fluvial processes that can be gained from it is limited, particularly the temporal changes in mean water level and tidal properties (i.e., constituent amplitudes and phases), which are function of river flow and ocean tidal range. In this paper, a harmonic model adapted to nonstationary tides, NS_TIDE, was applied to the St. Lawrence fluvial estuary, where the time-varying external forcing is directly built into the tidal basis functions. Model coefficients from 13 analysis stations were spatially interpolated to allow tide predictions at arbitrary locations as well as to provide insights into the spatiotemporal evolution of tides. Model hindcasts showed substantial improvements compared to classical harmonic analyses at upstream stations. The model was further validated by comparison with ONE-D predictions at a total of 32 stations. The slightly lower accuracy obtained with NS_TIDE is compensated by model simplicity, efficiency, and capacity to represent stage and tidal variations in a very compact way and thus represents a new means for understanding tidal rivers.

  12. Combined fluvial and pluvial urban flood hazard analysis: method development and application to Can Tho City, Mekong Delta, Vietnam

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    Apel, H.; Trepat, O. M.; Hung, N. N.; Chinh, D. T.; Merz, B.; Dung, N. V.

    2015-08-01

    Many urban areas experience both fluvial and pluvial floods, because locations next to rivers are preferred settlement areas, and the predominantly sealed urban surface prevents infiltration and facilitates surface inundation. The latter problem is enhanced in cities with insufficient or non-existent sewer systems. While there are a number of approaches to analyse either fluvial or pluvial flood hazard, studies of combined fluvial and pluvial flood hazard are hardly available. Thus this study aims at the analysis of fluvial and pluvial flood hazard individually, but also at developing a method for the analysis of combined pluvial and fluvial flood hazard. This combined fluvial-pluvial flood hazard analysis is performed taking Can Tho city, the largest city in the Vietnamese part of the Mekong Delta, as example. In this tropical environment the annual monsoon triggered floods of the Mekong River can coincide with heavy local convective precipitation events causing both fluvial and pluvial flooding at the same time. Fluvial flood hazard was estimated with a copula based bivariate extreme value statistic for the gauge Kratie at the upper boundary of the Mekong Delta and a large-scale hydrodynamic model of the Mekong Delta. This provided the boundaries for 2-dimensional hydrodynamic inundation simulation for Can Tho city. Pluvial hazard was estimated by a peak-over-threshold frequency estimation based on local rain gauge data, and a stochastic rain storm generator. Inundation was simulated by a 2-dimensional hydrodynamic model implemented on a Graphical Processor Unit (GPU) for time-efficient flood propagation modelling. All hazards - fluvial, pluvial and combined - were accompanied by an uncertainty estimation considering the natural variability of the flood events. This resulted in probabilistic flood hazard maps showing the maximum inundation depths for a selected set of probabilities of occurrence, with maps showing the expectation (median) and the uncertainty by percentile maps. The results are critically discussed and ways for their usage in flood risk management are outlined.

  13. The potential of hydrodynamic analysis for the interpretation of Martian fluvial activities

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    Kim, Jungrack; Schumann, Guy; Neal, Jeffrey; Lin, Shih-Yuan

    2014-05-01

    After liquid water was identified as the agent of ancient Martian fluvial activities, the valley and channels on the Martian surface were investigated by a number of remote sensing and in-situ measurements. In particular, the stereo DTMs and ortho images from various successful orbital sensors are being effectively used to trace the origin and consequences of Martian hydrological channels. For instance, to analyze the Martian fluvial activities more quantitatively using the topographic products, Burr et al. (2003) employed 1D hydrodynamic models such as HEC-RAS together with the topography by MOLA to derive water flow estimates for the Athabasca Valles area on Mars [1]. Where extensive floodplain flows or detailed 2D bathymetry for the river channel exist, it may be more accurate to simulate flows in two dimensions, especially if the direction of flow is unclear a priori. Thus in this study we demonstrated a quantitative modeling method utilizing multi-resolution Martian DTMs, constructed in line with Kim and Muller's (2009) [2] approach, and an advanced hydraulics model LISFLOOD-FP (Bates et al., 2010) [3], which simulates in-channel dynamic wave behavior by solving for 2D shallow water equations without advection. Martian gravitation and manning constants were adjusted in the hydraulic model and the inflow values were iteratively refined from the outputs of the coarser to the finer model. Then we chose the target areas among Martian fluvial geomorphologies and tested the effectiveness of high resolution hydraulic modeling to retrieve the characteristics of fluvial systems. Test sites were established in the Athabasca Valles, Bahram Vallis, and Naktong Vallis respectively. Since those sites are proposed to be originated by different fluvial mechanisms, it is expected that the outputs from hydraulics modeling will provide important clues about the evolution of each fluvial system. Hydraulics modeling in the test areas with terrestrial simulation parameters was also conducted to explore the different characteristics of two planets' fluvial activities. Ultimately, this study proved the effectiveness of multi-resolution modeling using 150-1.2m DTMs and 2D hydraulics to study the Martian fluvial system. In future study, we will elaborate the hydrodynamic model to investigate the sediment transformation mechanism in Martian fluvial activities using hydrodynamic properties such as flow speed. References: [1] Burr, D.M. (2003).Hydraulic modelling of Athabasca Vallis, Mars. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 48(4), 655-664. [2] Kim, J.R. & Muller, J-P.,(2009).Multi resolution topographic data extraction from Martian stereo imagery.Planetary and Space Science. 57, 2095-2112. [3] Bates, P.D., Horritt, M.S., & Fewtrell, T.J. (2010). A simple inertial formulation of the shallow water equations for efficient two-dimensional flood inundation modelling. Journal of Hydrology, 387(1), 33-45.

  14. Using portable impact sensors for analyzing fluvial bedload transport in steep mountain streams

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    Beylich, A.; Laute, K.

    2013-12-01

    The timing and rate of fluvial bedload transport are of central importance in quantitative studies on fluvial transport, within sediment budget studies, and in many applications in river science and engineering. Bedload transport rates are still comparably difficult to measure and, in many sites, only suspended load and solute load data are actually included in fluvial sediment budget studies. Detailed field measurements with portable impact sensors as a comparably new and non-invasive technique for indirectly determining fluvial bedload transport intensity have been conducted since 2010 in two instrumented and supply-limited mountainous drainage basin systems (Erdalen and Bødalen) in western Norway. Additional field measurements with portable impact sensors were carried out in three selected transport-limited fluvial systems in the Coast Mountains of western Canada. The collected impact sensor field data were calibrated with laboratory impact sensor flume experiments. In the transport-limited systems (in western Canada) with generally high bedload transport rates during high discharge and with bedload moving in clusters over the impact sensor plates, impact sensor data (based on a 1 s measuring interval) provide the opportunity to detect the start and end of bedload transport, thus to identify discharge thresholds for sediment entrainment, and to roughly estimate the intensity and relative intensity changes of bedload transport during the measuring period. In the supply-limited systems (in western Norway) with generally low bedload transport rates and bedload components moving separately (as single particles) over the impact sensor plates, impact sensor data (based on a 1 s measuring interval) allow the detection of the start and end of transport of bedload components >11.3 mm, thus the identification of discharge thresholds for possible entrainment of particles, the quantification of the number of particles >11.3 mm moving over the impact sensor plates during the measuring period, the rough estimation of grain sizes of the particles >11.3 mm moving separately over the impact sensor plates, and the calculation of the total mass of the bedload material >11.3 mm moving over the impact sensor plates during the measuring period. When combined with other bedload measuring methods and techniques (Helley-Smith sampling, particle tracer measurements, biofilm analyses, underwater video filming) which have provided information on the active bedload transport channel width, on discharge thresholds for possible entrainment of particles of different grain sizes, and on transport rates of bedload material <11.3 mm, total rates of fluvial bedload transport, covering all given grain sizes of the bedload material, can be calculated for the supply-limited mountain streams with generally low bedload transport. The higher computed mean annual bedload yield in Bødalen (13.6 t km-2yr-1) compared to Erdalen (2.6 t km-2yr-1) reflects a higher level of slope-channel coupling in the Bødalen drainage basin than in Erdalen. In both drainage basins fluvial bedload transport is smaller than fluvial suspended sediment transport. In Bødalen the annual fluvial bedload yield is two times greater than annual chemical denudation whereas in Erdalen it is less than half of the annual chemical denudation rate.

  15. Basin-scale and travertine dam-scale controls on fluvial travertine, Jiuzhaigou, southwestern China

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    Florsheim, J. L.; Ustin, S. L.; Tang, Y.; Di, B.; Huang, C.; Qiao, X.; Peng, H.; Zhang, M.; Cai, Y.

    2013-01-01

    Travertine deposition in fluvial systems builds dams and other forms that create diversity in geomorphic processes, morphology, and associated wetland ecosystems. In Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve, Sichuan Province, China, we investigate the relation between contemporary fluvial travertine morphology, slope, and water chemistry at the fluvial-system scale and at the local scale of large individual dams in order to address two fundamental questions. First, what factors determine the spatial distribution of such large valley-spanning, or primary, travertine dams? Second, what factors govern smaller but distinctive travertine dams and other secondary travertine morphology present on the sloping downstream side of primary travertine dams? Through remote sensing analysis and field work, we recognize two factors as paramount in controlling spatial distribution of primary fluvial travertine dams: watershed-scale steps in the longitudinal profile and water chemistry, based on a proxy for dissolved calcite. In the steep Jiuzhaigou watershed, hillslope erosion processes that contribute large boulders to the channel influence the majority of the primary dams. However, two valley-spanning primary dams, Pearl Shoals and Norilang Lakes, appear to be dominated by travertine precipitation. The submerged upstream sides of these two dams are nearly vertical with heights > 30 m. Slope varies with position along the longitudinal profiles over the downstream sides of these two primary dams because the profile shapes are convex. With downstream-dam profile lengths > 500 m, flow encounters secondary travertine morphology organized as an array of travertine bedforms that vary with local channel slope along the convex profiles. The secondary travertine bedforms include sequences of repeating patterns including smaller dams that impound correspondingly small waterbodies. Morphologic differences between two types of secondary dams are quantified on the basis of their relative size, spacing, and the slope on which they form. Increasing slope is correlated with a decrease in height of secondary travertine bedforms according to a power law where y = 0.0053x- 1.68. Results of the investigation demonstrate that slope, a main influence on river hydrodynamics, influences and is influenced by fluvial travertine morphology at two discrete fluvial scales. This work advances our understanding of geomorphic factors that influence travertine morphology, a critical need for conservation and management of travertine natural resources and their wetland ecosystems.

  16. Fluvial Channel Networks as Analogs for the Ridge-forming Unit, Sinus Meridiani, Mars

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    Wilkinson, M. J.; Dubois, J. B.

    2010-12-01

    Fluvial models have been generally discounted as analogs for the younger layered rock units of Sinus Meridiani. A fluvial model based on the large fluvial fan provides a possibly close analog for various features of the sinuous ridges of the etched, ridge-forming unit (RFU) in particular. The close spacing of the RFU ridges, their apparently chaotic orientations, and their organization in dense networks all appear unlike classical stream channel patterns. However, drainage patterns on large fluvial fanslow-angle, fluvial aggradational features, 100s of km long, documented worldwide by usprovide parallels. Some large fan characteristics resemble those of classical floodplains, but many differences have been demonstrated. One major distinction relevant to the RFU is that channel landscapes of large fans can dominate large areas (1.2 million km2 in one S. American study area). We compare channel morphologies on large fans in the southern Sahara Desert with ridge patterns in Sinus Meridiani (fig 1). Stream channels are the dominant landform on large terrestrial fans: they may equate to the ubiquitous, sinuous, elongated ridges of the RFU that cover areas region wide. Networks of convergent/divergent and crossing channels may equate to similar features in the ridge networks. Downslope divergence is absent in channels of terrestrial upland erosional landscapes (fig. 1, left), whereas it is common to both large fans (fig. 1, center) and RFU ridge patterns (fig 1, rightdownslope defined as the regional NW slope of Sinus Meridiani). RFU ridge orientation, judged from those areas apparently devoid of impact crater control, is broadly parallel with the regional slope (arrow, fig. 1, right), as is mean orientation of major channels on large fans (arrow, fig. 1, center). High densities per unit area characterize fan channels and martian ridgesreaching an order of magnitude higher than those in uplands just upstream of the terrestrial study areasfig. 1. In concert with several other regional features, these morphological similarities argue for the RFU as a possibly fluvial unit. Figure 1. Channel patterns in Saharan upland and lowland landscapes, compared to RFU ridge patterns. Left panelsouthern Sudan uplands (ctr 11.1N 28.4E); center panelpart of a large fan, Muglad basin, immediately downstream of sediment-source upland shown in left panel (10.15N 28.6E); right paneldiscontinuous inverted ridge patterns, Mars (ctr 2.1N 1.0W). Arrows show direction of regional stream flow (left, center panels) and regional slope in Mars study area (right panel). North to top.

  17. Estimating the fluvial sediment input to the coastal sediment budget: A case study of Ghana

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    Boateng, Isaac; Bray, Malcolm; Hooke, Janet

    2012-02-01

    Knowledge of fluvial sediment supply to the coastal sediment budget is important for the assessment of the impacts on coastal stability. Such knowledge is valuable for designing coastal engineering schemes and the development of shoreline management planning policies. It also facilitates understanding of the connection between rivers in the hinterland and adjoining coastal systems. Ghana's coast has many fluvial sediment sources and this paper provides the first quantitative assessments of their contributions to the coastal sediment budget. The methods use largely existing data and attempt to cover all of Ghana's significant coastal rivers. Initially work was hindered by insufficient direct measured data. However, the problem was overcome by the application of a regression approach, which provides an estimated sediment yield for non-gauged rivers based on data from gauged rivers with similar characteristics. The regression approach was effective because a regional coherence in behaviour was determined between those rivers, where direct measured data were available. The results of the assessment revealed that Ghana's coast is dissected by many south-draining rivers, stream and lagoons. These rivers, streams and lagoons supply significant amounts of sediment to coastal lowlands and therefore contribute importantly to beaches. Anthropogenic impoundment of fluvial sediment, especially the Akosombo dam on the Volta River, has reduced the total fluvial sediment input to the coast from about 71 10 6 m 3/a before 1964 (pre-Akosombo dam) to about 7 10 6 m 3/a at present (post-Akosombo dam). This sharp reduction threatened the stability of the east coast and prompted an expensive ($83 million) defence scheme to be implemented to protect 8.4 km-long coastline at Keta. Sections of Ghana's coast are closely connected to the hinterland through the fluvial sediment input from local rivers. Therefore, development in the hinterland that alters the fluvial sediment input from those local rivers could have significant effects on the coast. There is the need, therefore, to ensure that catchment management plans and coastal management plans are integrated or interconnected.

  18. Impacts of dams on the geomorphodynamics of fluvial systems - Complex system response?

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    Pppl, Ronald E.; Keiler, Margreth; Glade, Thomas

    2010-05-01

    In Europe, for more than 5.000 years humans impact fluvial systems in various ways, e.g. also through building dams. These constructions change the interdependencies between the components of the fluvial system. 'Natural (fluvial) systems' are scarce and humans play an active and major role in changing river systems. In return the geomorphic response of fluvial systems like channel bed degradation downstream or sedimentation upstream of dams also affects the human system which again leads to 'human responses' such as building (or abandoning) river engineering structures. Geomorphic response or geomorphic system behavior can change and feature linear or nonlinear/complex behavior depending on the internal systemic structure and system history. The study area, the 'Kaja' River watershed is located in the Eastern part of the Bohemian Massif in Austria (Europe) and drains into the 'Thaya' River which builds the northern border to the Czech Republic in Lower Austria. Furthermore it is eponymous for the local National Park 'Nationalpark Thayatal'. In the study area 14 dams are located in total, 13 along the Kaja River, and one along a tributary river. The study area influenced by dams amounts 1.615 ha. All dams are embankment dams whose cross-sections show hill-shaped forms. They are made of various compositions of soil, sand, clay, and rock. Four dams are currently active, ten are abandoned. The main objectives of this study are to identify if nonlinear/complex geomorphic system behavior occurs in this small and highly dam-affected watershed and to investigate geomorphic effects on fluvial systems due to dams. In order to find nonlinear/complex system behavior those sites are probed in which geomorphic effects due to dams are highly expected: reservoirs, channels, and floodplains. Sedimentary records, numerical modeling and mapping techniques will be used to reveal geomorphic changes and perturbations within the fluvial system. Spatial and temporal reconstructions and interpretation of geomorphic effects due to dams will be used to reconstruct system behavior. River bed surface mapping, observations of river engineering structures, and land use changes already reveal that geomorphic effects due to dams do exist within our study area. Sediment cores show that reservoir sediments of abandoned dams are preserved. These will be especially useful for further quantitative and qualitative investigations. First results of the study will be presented on European Geosciences Union General Assembly, 2010.

  19. Gwembe Coal Formation, Karoo Supergroup, Mid-Zambezi valley, southern Zambia; a fluvial plain environment

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    Nyambe, I.A.; Dixon, O. )

    1993-03-01

    The Gwembe Coal Formation of Permian age belongs to the Lower Karoo Group of the Karoo Supergroup (Permo-Carboniferous to early Jurassic), which crops out in the mid-Zambezi Valley, southern Zambia. The formation has a maximum thickness of 280 m. It was formed in a fluvial depositional environment in which sandstones, siltstones and mudstones were deposited in channels and flood plains. One sandstone body (A Sandstone) indicates a change in fluvial style from a proximal braided system to a high-sinuosity meandering stream system. The productive coals (Main Seam) with thicknesses from 5 to 12 m were deposited in shallow swampy areas of the flood plain. Peat deposition was interrupted by channel, crevasse channel and splay, levee and overbank deposition. Rootlets observed in basal sandstones indicate an insitu origin for the Main Seam.

  20. Regional variations in the fluvial Upper Devonian and Lower Mississippian(?) Kanayut Conglomerate, Brooks Range, Alaska

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    Moore, T.E.; Nilsen, T.H.

    1984-01-01

    The wholly allochthonous Upper Devonian and Lower Mississippian(?) Kanayut Conglomerate is one of the most extensive fluvial deposits in North America. It crops out for 950 km along the crest of the Brooks Range in a series of thrust plates and is as thick as 2615 m. The Kanayut forms the fluvial part of a large, coarse-grained delta. The lower part of the Kanayut (the Ear Peak Member) overlies marginal-marine and prodelta turbidite deposits and consists of fining-upward meandering-stream-channel cycles of conglomerate and sandstone within black to maroon floodplain shale deposits. The middle part of the Kanayut (the Shainin Lake Member) lacks shale and consists of fining-upward couplets of channelized conglomerate and parallel- to cross-stratified sandstone interpreted as braidplain deposits. These deposits contain the largest clasts (23 cm) and were deposited during maximum progradation of the fluvial sequence. The upper part of the Kanayut (the Stuver Member), which consists of fining-upward meandering stream cycles similar to those of the lower part, grades upward into overlying Lower Mississippian tidal and marginal-marine deposits. Paleocurrent data and distribution of largest clasts indicate that the Kanayut was deposited by southwest-flowing streams fed by at least two major trunk streams that drained a mountainous region to the north and east. Comparison of stratigraphic and sedimentologic data collected at three selected locations representative of proximal, intermediate and distal parts of the Kanayut basin reveal regional variations in its fluvial character. These include a decrease in total thickness of fluvial strata, an increase in total thickness of associated marine sandstone, the pinch-out of the coarse-grained middle part of the Kanayut and decreases in the conglomerate/sandstone and sandstone/shale ratios from proximal to distal areas of the basin. The coarse-grained parts of the fluvial cycles decrease in thickness and lateral extent from proximal to distal areas of the basin. In more distal areas of sedimentation, the middle parts of some fluvial cycles consist of calcareous and bioturbated marine sandstone. Although thinner than in more proximal areas, the associated fine-grained upper parts of some cycles also contain marine features and suggest that these strata represent the deposits of interdistributary bays. These features are interpreted to indicate that the proximal deposits of the Kanayut Conglomerate were deposited by large, stable fine-grained meandering rivers (the Ear Peak and Stuver Members) and gravelly braided rivers (Shainin Lake Member) on the upper delta plain of the Kanayut delta. Sedimentation in more distal locations, interpreted to represent lower delta plain deposits, was by smaller distributary rivers with characteristics of both braided and meandering streams. Near their interface with marginal marine deposits the fluvial deposits were locally strongly influenced by tidal or estuarine conditions. ?? 1984.

  1. An analysis of the combined consequences of pluvial and fluvial flooding.

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    Chen, A S; Djordjevi?, S; Leandro, J; Savi?, D A

    2010-01-01

    Intense rainfall in urban areas often generates both pluvial flooding due to the limited capacity of drainage systems, as well as fluvial flooding caused by deluges from river channels. The concurrence of pluvial and fluvial flooding can aggravate their (individual) potential damages. To analyse the impact caused by individual and composite type of flooding, the SIPSON/UIM model, an integrated 1D sewer and 2D overland flow was applied to numerical modelling. An event matrix of possible pluvial scenarios was combined with hypothetic overtopping and breaching situations to estimate the surface flooding consequences in the Stockbridge area, Keighley (Bradford, UK). The modelling results identified different flooding drivers in different parts of the study area and showed that the worst scenarios resulted from synthesised events. PMID:20935365

  2. Ichnofossils and rhizoliths of the nearshore fluvial Jebel Qatrani Formation (Oligocene), Fayum Province, Egypt

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    Bown, T.M.

    1982-01-01

    The ichnofossils and rhizoliths of the Oligocene Jebel Qatrani Formation of Egypt are among the best preserved, most diverse in form, and most abundant of such structures yet recognized in fluvial rocks. Twenty-one forms are described. The ichnofauna contains traces (domichnia, fodinichnia, cubichnia) of probable annelid, insect, crustacean, and vertebrate origin. These include the first described fossil nest structures and gallery systems of subterranean termites (Isoptera), the first examples of Ophiomorpha from wholly fluvial rocks, and the first fossil vertebrate burrows from the African Tertiary. Rhizoliths associated with the ichnofauna and those occurring elsewhere document a variety of small, wetland plants, coastal mangroves, and much larger trees. The environment suggested by these traces is consistent with the coastal, tropical to subtropical, monsoonal rain forest, with adjacent more open areas, that is indicated by independent evidence of sedimentology, paleontology, and paleopedology. ?? 1982.

  3. Summary of U.S. Geological Survey on-line instantaneous fluvial sediment and ancillary data

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    Turcios, Lisa M.; Gray, John R.; Ledford, Annette L.

    2000-01-01

    Instantaneous fluvial sediment data, in addition to other instantaneous water-quality and ancillary data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), are available on-line through the National Water Information System World Wide Web (NWISWeb) water-quality data base at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/qwdata. The NWISWeb water-quality data base was populated and is periodically refreshed from electronic files maintained by individual USGS District offices across the United States and Puerto Rico. It represents the single largest repository of USGS electronic instantaneous-value suspended-sediment, bedload, and bed-material data. These Web pages provide a summary of fluvial-sediment data by State, and by USGS station number retrieved from the then-under-construction NWISWeb data base on January 13, 2000. The meta data can be accessed by following the links at the bottom of this Web page.

  4. Integrating field measurements with flume experiments for analysing fluvial bedload transport in steep mountain streams

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    Beylich, A. A.; Laute, K.; Liermann, S.

    2012-04-01

    Fluvial bedload transport has high importance within sediment budgets of steep catchments and steep mountain streams. It is also of crucial importance as headwater catchments and steep mountain streams can be relevant sediment sources for lowland river systems. Measured under comparable conditions of discharge, rates of fluvial bedload transport can differ by up to one order of magnitude, which is due to the irregular nature of sediment movement. Bedload transport at a defined site depends on factors such as local flow conditions, bed material composition and amount of sediment supply from upstream sources. Irregular deviations from mean rates of bedload transport can be caused by sporadic inputs of material from hillslopes. Permafrost degradation and shifts in ground frost regimes as caused by climate change can lead to increased frequencies and intensities of mass movements on slopes including the increased frequency of rock fall events. By the destabilisation of slope systems higher amounts of sediment are available from a larger number of activated sediment sources. At the same time, a higher frequency of extreme rainfall events and thermally determined runoff-peaks from glacier-fed systems is leading to an increased number of peak runoff events showing a high transport competence with significant fluvial bedload transport. A better general understanding of the exact mechanisms and the dynamics of fluvial bedload transport is essential for the further improvement of river engineering management and hazard mitigation projects. Since 2004, extended and interdisciplinary field investigations on fluvial bedload transport using a novel combination of methods and techniques have been performed in a number of selected stream segments in supply-limited fluvial systems in the inner Nordfjord (Erdalen and Bdalen drainage basins) in western Norway. Field studies include (i) continuous channel discharge monitoring, (ii) frequently repeated surveys of channel morphometry and granulometric analyses, (iii) different tracer techniques (painted stones, magnetic tracers), (iv) Helley-Smith and other basket measurements, (v) horizontally installed impact sensors, (vi) underwater video filming, and (vii) extended biofilm analyses, including also controlled biofilm growing experiments with fixed baskets in selected channels. In addition, field studies with horizontally installed impact sensors were also carried out in selected transport-limited fluvial systems in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia (Canada) in 2010 and 2011. The extended field studies are integrated with advanced flume experiments which were carried out in 2010 and 2011 at the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada for calibration of field measurements. As a key achievement, the entire range of different bedload component grain sizes can be covered by the applied combination of techniques, and the presented integration of interdisciplinary field measurements with flume experiments appears to be a useful approach to study mechanisms, controlling factors and rates of fluvial bedload transport in steep mountain streams.

  5. Possible glacio-fluvial landforms in southern Argyre Planitia, Mars: Implications for glacier thickness and depositional settings

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    Bernhardt, H.; Hiesinger, H.; Reiss, D.; Ivanov, M.; Erkeling, G.

    2012-09-01

    Our study presents new insights into possible formation mechanisms and glacio-fluvial implications of previously identified esker-like sinuous ridges on layered terrain in southern Argyre Planitia [1,2,3,4,5]. Based on detailed morphologic analyses and comparisons with terrestrial analogs, we interpret the ridges and their surroundings to be eskers on glacio-fluvial sediments. We propose the formation of northward trending degraded ridges to have involved back- and downwasting ice near the glacier rim comparable to the Piedmont-style Malaspina Glacier, Alaska [6]. Computational reconstruction suggests the eastward trending, more pristine ridges to have formed beneath a ~2 km thick ice sheet before its stagnant retreat. Fluvial landforms on top of or etched into possible glacial deposits also point to a distinct period of fluvial activity after glacial activity ceased.

  6. Comparability and accuracy of fluvial-sediment data - A view from the U.S. Geological Survey

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    Gray, J.R.; Glysson, G.D.; Mueller, D.S.

    2002-01-01

    The quality of historical fluvial-sediment data cannot be taken for granted, based on a review of upper Colorado River basin suspended-sediment discharges, and on an evaluation of the reliability of Total Suspended Solids (TSS) data. Additionally, the quality of future fluvial-sediment data are not assured. Sediment-surrogate technologies, including those that operate on acoustic, laser, bulk optic, digital optic, or pressure differential principles, are being used with increasing frequency to measure in-stream and (or) laboratory fluvial-sediment characteristics. Data from sediment-surrogate technologies may yield results that differ significantly from those obtained by traditional methods for the same sedimentary conditions. Development of national sediment data-quality criteria and rigorous comparisons of data derived from sediment-surrogate technologies to those obtained by traditional techniques will minimize the potential for future fluvial-sediment data-quality concerns.

  7. Transient rock slope processes driven by Pleistocene fluvial incision in Alpine valleys

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    Leith, Kerry; Fox, Matthew; Moore, Jeffrey; Loew, Simon

    2013-04-01

    Major tributary valleys within Canton Valais (Switzerland) display a common morphology along their length, hinting at a shared geomorphic history. Glaciers currently occupy the headwaters of many catchments, while the upper reaches of rivers flow across extensive alluvial planes before abruptly transitioning to steep channels consisting of mixed bedrock and talus fan deposits. The rivers then flow out over the alluvial plane of the Rhone Valley, converging to discharge into Lake Geneva, which defines a long-term local baselevel for the system. Using a 2.5 m resolution LiDAR DEM, we correlate knickpoints common to several of the tributary valleys, which are assumed to be associated with the propagation of ongoing fluvial incision into the steep bedrock/talus sections the river channels. The morphology of valley walls several hundred metres above these steep channel sections is characteristically rough, and large deep-seated landslides which commonly intersect the upstream alluvial planes are not present within this rough region. Assuming knickpoints develop as a result of glacial erosion concentrated below the valley confluences, we use a 1-D stream power erosion model, modulated by mid- to late-Pleistocene glacial/interglacial cycles, to evaluate contemporaneous fluvial incision and knickpoint propagation. We assume baselevel is determined by the elevation of Lake Geneva, and differential uplift between the foreland and inner Alpine valleys is ongoing. We can therefore isolate bedrock erodibility as the sole independent variable for the valleys. The best-fit model results indicate fluvial bedrock incision has taken place during multiple interglacial cycles, possibly since marine isotope stage (MIS) 12 (~425 ka BP). Modelled erosion rates are typically between 2 and 10 mm/yr, and we calculate up to 700 m of total bedrock incision. We suggest rock slope morphologies associated with this long-term transition to a fluvial landscape have persisted through multiple glacial cycles.

  8. Applicability of Complexity Theory to Martian Fluvial Systems: A Preliminary Analysis

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    Rosenshein, E. B.

    2003-01-01

    In the last 15 years, terrestrial geomorphology has been revolutionized by the theories of chaotic systems, fractals, self-organization, and selforganized criticality. Except for the application of fractal theory to the analysis of lava flows and rampart craters on Mars, these theories have not yet been applied to problems of Martian landscape evolution. These complexity theories are elucidated below, along with the methods used to relate these theories to the realities of Martian fluvial systems.

  9. Fluvial processes and vegetation - Glimpses of the past, the present, and perhaps the future

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    Osterkamp, W.R.; Hupp, C.R.

    2010-01-01

    Most research before 1960 into interactions among fluvial processes, resulting landforms, and vegetation was descriptive. Since then, however, research has become more detailed and quantitative permitting numerical modeling and applications including agricultural-erosion abatement and rehabilitation of altered bottomlands. Although progress was largely observational, the empiricism increasingly yielded to objective recognition of how vegetation interacts with and influences geomorphic process. A review of advances relating fluvial processes and vegetation during the last 50 years centers on hydrologic reconstructions from tree rings, plant indicators of flow- and flood-frequency parameters, hydrologic controls on plant species, regulation of sediment movement by vegetation, vegetative controls on mass movement, and relations between plant cover and sediment movement. Extension of present studies of vegetation as a regulator of bottomland hydrologic and geomorphic processes may become markedly more sophisticated and widespread than at present. Research emphases that are likely to continue include vegetative considerations for erosion modeling, response of riparian-zone forests to disturbance such as dams and water diversion, the effect of vegetation on channel and bottomland dynamics, and rehabilitation of stream corridors. Research topics that presently are receiving attention are the effect of woody vegetation on the roughness of stream corridors and, hence, processes of flood conveyance and flood-plain sedimentation, the development of a theoretical basis for rehabilitation projects as opposed to fully empirical approaches, the effect of invasive plant species on the dynamics of bottomland vegetation, the quantification of below-surface biomass and related soil-stability factors for use in erosion-prediction models, and the effect of impoundments on downstream narrowing of channels and accompanying encroachment of vegetation. Bottomland vegetation partially controls and is controlled by fluvial-geomorphic processes. The purposes of this paper are to identify and review investigations that have related vegetation to bottomland features and processes, to distinguish the present status of these investigations, and to anticipate future research into how hydrologic and fluvial-geomorphic processes of bottomlands interact with vegetation.

  10. Beaver ponds' impact on fluvial processes (Beskid Niski Mts., SE Poland).

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    Giriat, Dorota; Gorczyca, Elżbieta; Sobucki, Mateusz

    2016-02-15

    Beaver (Castor sp.) can change the riverine environment through dam-building and other activities. The European beaver (Castor fiber) was extirpated in Poland by the nineteenth century, but populations are again present as a result of reintroductions that began in 1974. The goal of this paper is to assess the impact of beaver activity on montane fluvial system development by identifying and analysing changes in channel and valley morphology following expansion of beaver into a 7.5km-long headwater reach of the upper Wisłoka River in southeast Poland. We document the distribution of beaver in the reach, the change in river profile, sedimentation type and storage in beaver ponds, and assess how beaver dams and ponds have altered channel and valley bottom morphology. The upper Wisłoka River fluvial system underwent a series of anthropogenic disturbances during the last few centuries. The rapid spread of C. fiber in the upper Wisłoka River valley was promoted by the valley's morphology, including a low-gradient channel and silty-sand deposits in the valley bottom. At the time of our survey (2011), beaver ponds occupied 17% of the length of the study reach channel. Two types of beaver dams were noted: in-channel dams and valley-wide dams. The primary effect of dams, investigated in an intensively studied 300-m long subreach (Radocyna Pond), was a change in the longitudinal profile from smooth to stepped, a local reduction of the water surface slope, and an increase in the variability of both the thalweg profile and surface water depths. We estimate the current rate of sedimentation in beaver ponds to be about 14cm per year. A three-stage scheme of fluvial processes in the longitudinal and transverse profile of the river channel is proposed. C. fiber reintroduction may be considered as another important stage of the upper Wisłoka fluvial system development. PMID:26657380

  11. Modeling Fluvial Incision and Transient Landscape Evolution: Influence of Dynamic Channel Adjustment

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    Attal, M.; Tucker, G. E.; Cowie, P. A.; Whittaker, A. C.; Roberts, G. P.

    2007-12-01

    Channel geometry exerts a fundamental control on fluvial processes. Recent work has shown that bedrock channel width (W) depends on a number of parameters, including channel slope, and is not only a function of drainage area (A) as is commonly assumed. The present work represents the first attempt to investigate the consequences, for landscape evolution, of using a static expression of channel width (W ~ A0.5) versus a relationship that allows channels to dynamically adjust to changes in slope. We consider different models for the evolution of the channel geometry, including constant width-to-depth ratio (after Finnegan et al., Geology, v. 33, no. 3, 2005), and width-to-depth ratio varying as a function of slope (after Whittaker et al., Geology, v. 35, no. 2, 2007). We use the Channel-Hillslope Integrated Landscape Development (CHILD) model to analyze the response of a catchment to a given tectonic disturbance. The topography of a catchment in the footwall of an active normal fault in the Apennines (Italy) is used as a template for the study. We show that, for this catchment, the transient response can be fairly well reproduced using a simple detachment-limited fluvial incision law. We also show that, depending on the relationship used to express channel width, initial steady-state topographies differ, as do transient channel width, slope, and the response time of the fluvial system. These differences lead to contrasting landscape morphologies when integrated at the scale of a whole catchment. Our results emphasize the importance of channel width in controlling fluvial processes and landscape evolution. They stress the need for using a dynamic hydraulic scaling law when modeling landscape evolution, particularly when the uplift field is non-uniform.

  12. Post Waterflood CO2 Miscible Flood in Light Oil, Fluvial-Dominated Deltaic Reservoir, Class I

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    Bou-Mikael, Sami

    2002-02-05

    This report demonstrates the effectiveness of the CO2 miscible process in Fluvial Dominated Deltaic reservoirs. It also evaluated the use of horizontal CO2 injection wells to improve the overall sweep efficiency. A database of FDD reservoirs for the gulf coast region was developed by LSU, using a screening model developed by Texaco Research Center in Houston. The results of the information gained in this project is disseminated throughout the oil industry via a series of SPE papers and industry open forums.

  13. Case study of a stimulation experiment in a fluvial, tight-sandstone gas reservoir

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    Warpinski, N.R.; Sattler, R.; Thorne, B.J.; Lorenz, J.C. ); Branagan, P.T.; Cipolla, C.L. )

    1990-11-01

    This paper reports that a successful stimulation experiment was conducted in a fluvial sandstone of the Mesaverde formation at the U.S. DOE's Multiwell Experiment (MWX) Site in the Piceance basin of Colorado. The stimulation experiment consisted of stress tests, a three-well prefracture interference test, step-rate/flowback tests, a minifracture, a full stimulation treatment borehole geophone diagnostics during fracturing, and a postfracture interference test.

  14. Geomorphic study of fluvial landforms on the northern Valles Marineris plateau, Mars

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    Mangold, N.; Ansan, V.; Masson, Ph.; Quantin, C.; Neukum, G.

    2008-08-01

    Fluvial landforms are observed on the plateau near Echus Chasma and other locations on the Valles Marineris plateau using high resolution (10 to 50 m/pixel) Mars Express images and topography. Branching valleys have a 20- to 100-m deep V-shape profile typical of fluvial processes. Their incision occurred in a thin (<150 m) and weak, dark unit that overlies the plateau basement. The valleys are distributed close to watershed boundaries as expected for overland flows, and different from pure glacial or hydrothermal processes. The 2D geometry of valley networks show drainage densities reaching 1.3 km-1 that indicate a strong 2D extension stage that usually requires a minimum of thousands of years, as established from terrestrial examples. However, the 3D valley geometry shows a limited incision, and a lack of concavity, suggesting a limited development in time (millions of years of evolution are unlikely). Many outlets connect to the heads of canyons of Echus Chasma that might involve sapping processes. These canyons might have formed coevally with shallow valleys: their difference in geometry is a consequence of the difference in lithology which induced a difference in the erosion capacity, and an enhanced infiltration conducing to sapping. Valleys are submitted to modification by aeolian processes, sometimes leading to the formation of inverted channels as observed more broadly through the region. These landforms formed late in the Early Mars history and might be considered as examples of episodic fluvial events due to short-term climate changes and/or regional fluvial activity after the Noachian.

  15. The Holocene landscape development of the Gareja region in eastern Georgia - a fluvial approach

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    Sukhishvili, Lasha; Elashvili, Mikheil; Janelidze, Zurab; Kikvadze, Bagrat; Navrozashvili, Levan; von Suchodoletz, Hans

    2013-04-01

    The semi-arid Gareja region in the Iori Highland in the southeastern part of the Republic of Georgia is characterized by an annual precipitation < 500 mm and shows an open steppic landscape today. As is known from historical sources, the landscape showed the same character already during the 6th century AD when the Gareja monastery located in the center of the region was founded by Assyrian monks. However, archaeological research carried out during the Soviet Period showed that there were dozens of settlements of bronze and iron age in this region almost devoid of water resources today, hinting to some sources of fresh water allowing people to live there during those periods. Furthermore, former archaeobotanical studies assume that the region was covered by forests instead of steppes during the past, although there is no final proof yet. The goal of this study is to shed light on the development of the palaeo-landscape during the prehistoric period and thus to address some of the issues described above. To do so, our work is based on the network of episodic streams that cross the region, running from the Iori mountains towards the Mtkvari (Kura) river as the main gaining stream of the region. Using rain water flow direction modeling in GIS we determined the main fluvial courses according to their. This pattern was compared with that of prehistoric settlements known from archaeologic studies, in order to get information about the possible perennial character of some rivers during the past. Furthermore, we did first investigations of outcrops with fluvial sediments found along some of such fluvial courses: Based on stratigraphic observations, pedologic investigations of potential palaeosols as indicators of landscape stability as well as on first numerical datings, we started to unravel the fluvial pattern of that region.

  16. Identification of remaining oil resource potential in the Frio Fluvial/Deltaic Sandstone play, South Texas

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    Holtz, M.H.; McRae, L.E.; Tyler, N.

    1994-05-01

    The Frio Fluvial/Deltaic Sandstone (Vicksburg Fault Zone) oil play of South Texas has produced nearly 1 billion stock tank barrels (BSTB) of oil, yet still contains about 1.2 BSTB of unrecovered mobile oil and an even greater amount of residual oil resources (1.5 BSTB). More than half of the reservoirs in this depositionally complex play have been abandoned, and large volumes of oil may remain unproduced. Interwell-scale geological facies models of Frio fluvial/deltaic reservoirs will be combined with engineering assessments and geophysical evaluations in order to characterize Frio fluvial/deltaic reservoir architecture, flow unit boundaries, and the controls that these characteristics exert on the location and volume of unrecovered mobile and residual oil. Reservoir attribute data were statistically analyzed from oil and gas fields throughout the geographic area covered by the Frio Fluvial/Deltaic Sandstone oil play. General reservoir attributes analyzed in detail included porosity, initial water saturation, residual oil saturation, net pay, reservoir area, and fluid characteristics. Statistical analysis of variance demonstrated no difference between oil reservoir attributes and gas reservoir attributes. Probability functions that describe attribute frequency distributions were determined for use in risk adjusting resource calculations. The oil play was found to contain significant volumes of remaining oil. The volumetric probability distribution between 5- and 95-percent probability for original oil in place ranges from 3.8 to 5.6 BSTB, original mobile oil in place ranges from 2.5 to 3.6 BSTB, and residual oil ranges from 1.5 to 2.3 BSTB. The untapped oil resource may be 10 percent of the original oil in place, or 380 million stock tank barrels.

  17. Paleohydrological methods and some examples from Swedish fluvial environments I. Cobble and boulder deposits.

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    Williams, G.P.

    1983-01-01

    Establishes approximate empirical relations for determining the minimum unit stream power, bed shear stress and mean flow velocity capable of moving cobbles and boulders on streambeds. The derived equations then are used to estimate the minimum paleoflows that could have transported the boulders of two ancient fluvial deposits in Sweden. The flow estimates are compared with those made by more conventional hydraulic methods. Bankfull flows also are estimated for one of the two deposits, using various hydraulic equations.-Author

  18. Application of UAS photogrammetry for assessment of flood driven fluvial dynamics of montane stream. Case study - Roklansky creek, Sumava Mts.

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    Langhammer, Jakub; Miřijovský, Jakub; Hartvich, Filip; Kaiglová, Jana

    2014-05-01

    Current progress in hydrology and fluvial geomorphology is largely based on new field survey and analysis techniques, employing advanced technologies for monitoring the dynamics of the runoff process, field surveying and for remote monitoring of changes in riverbeds and of fluvial dynamics. Application of these techniques allows researchers to obtain information on a significantly higher qualitative level than using traditional methods of field survey and measurement, either in terms of spatial accuracy and resolution, frequency of sampling or qualitative characteristics of acquired data. The contribution demonstrates the potential of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for analysis of fluvial dynamics of montane stream, driven by flood in combination with other survey techniques, namely the ground LiDAR scanning, digital granulometry and automated water level monitoring. The UAS photogrammetry is employed in the study to acquire high precision DTMs, enabling reconstruction of riverbed and quantitative analysis of volumetric changes related to initial flood events. The hexacopter UAS platform has been used to acquire the data for photogrammetric analysis of complex stretch of stream with historically elevated fluvial dynamics. The photogrammetric reconstruction enabled to build accurate DTM of riverbed and floodplain before and after the initial event and to calculate the extent of volumetric changes. The potential of UAS photogrammetry for fluvio morphological study is in combination with other monitoring and survey techniques, enabling complex analysis of fluvial dynamics. The magnitude, duration and hydrological properties of initial flood event were derived from automated high frequency water level monitoring. The digital granulometry enabled to analyze the structure of sedimentary material in floodplain. The terrestrial LiDAR scanning allows construction of very detailed 3D models of selected fluvial forms, enabling deeper insight into the effects of fluvial dynamics and to verify the spatial information acquired using UAS photogrammetry. The results of above mentioned techniques are applied to build hydrodynamic model explaining threshold conditions for initiation of changes in fluvial morphology of the riverbed in relation to known and theoretical flood magnitude. The presented study proved the UAS photogrammetry to be unique source of spatial information, allowing analysis of dynamics of fluvial systems with unprecedented precision and flexibility. This technique has full potential to bring spatial information to a new qualitative level and in experimental areas with limited availability of spatial information. The preliminary results achieved in the study enabled us to discuss the synergic potential of coupling the UAS photogrammetry, sensor networks and other hydroinformatic techniques to enhance significantly our knowledge on the dynamics of fluvial systems. Key words: UAS photogrmmetry, DTM, fluvial processes, erosion, hydrodynamic modelling

  19. Recent Fluvial, Volcanic, and Tectonic Activity on the Cerberus Plains of Mars

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    Berman, Daniel C.; Hartmann, William K.

    2002-09-01

    Athabasca and Marte Valles lie on the Cerberus plains, between the young, lava-covered plains of Elysium Planitia and Amazonis Planitia. To test pre- MGS ( Mars Global Surveyor) suggestions of extremely young volcanic and fluvial activity, we present the first crater counts from MGS imagery, at resolutions (2-20 m/pixel) much higher than previously available. The most striking result, based on morphologic relations as well as crater counts from different stratigraphic units, is to confirm quantitatively that these channel systems are much younger than most other major outflow channels. The general region has an average model age for lava and fluvial surfaces of ?200 Myr, and has possibly seen localized water releases, interspersed with lava flows, within the past 20 Myr. The youngest lavas may be no more than a few megayears old. Access of lava and liquid brines to the surface may be favored by openings of the Cerberus Fossae fracture system, but, as shown in the new images, the fractures appear to have continued developing more recently than the most recent lavas or fluvial activity. The Cerberus Fossae system may be an analog to an early stage of Valles Marineris, and its youthful activity raises questions about regional tectonic history. Large-volume water delivery to the surface of young lava flows in recent martian history puts significant boundary conditions on the storage and history of water on Mars.

  20. Magnetic Properties of a Fluvial Chronosequence From the Eastern Wind River Range, Wyoming

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    Quinton, E. E.; Dahms, D. E.; Geiss, C. E.

    2010-12-01

    In order to constrain the rate of magnetic enhancement in glacial fluvial sediments, we sampled modern soils from eight fluvial terraces in the East Wind River Range in Wyoming. Soil profiles up to 1.2 meters deep were described in the field and sampled in five cm intervals from a series of hand-dug pits or natural river-bank exposure. The age of the studied profiles are estimated to range from >600 ka to modern. They include Sacagawea Ridge, Bull Lake and Pinedale-age fluvial terraces as well as one Holocene profile. To characterize changes in magnetic properties we measured low-field magnetic susceptibility, anhysteretic remanent magnetization, isothermal remanent magnetization and S-ratios for all, and hysteresis loops for a selected sub-set of samples. Our measurements show no clear trend in magnetic enhancement with estimated soil age. The observed lack of magnetic enhancement in the older soils may be due to long-term deflation, which continuously strips off the magnetically enhanced topsoil. It is also possible that the main pedogenic processes, such as the development of well-expressed calcic horizons destroy or mask the effects of long-term magnetic enhancement.

  1. A comprehensive fluvial geomorphology study of riverbank erosion on the Red River in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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    Kimiaghalam, Navid; Goharrokhi, Masoud; Clark, Shawn P.; Ahmari, Habib

    2015-10-01

    Riverbank erosion on the Red River in Winnipeg, Manitoba has raised concerns over the last 20 years and more. Although several recent studies have shown that fluvial erosion can reduce riverbank stability and promote geotechnical slope failure, there are too few that have focused on this phenomenon. The present study includes field measurements, experimental testing, and numerical modelling to quantify fluvial erosion through a 10 km reach of the Red River. Results have shown that seasonal freeze-thaw processes can dramatically reduce the critical shear stress and increase erodibility of the riverbanks. Moreover, a simple method has been employed using hydrodynamic numerical models to define the applied shear stresses on the river banks based on the river water level, which will be useful for further research and design purposes. The TEMP/W numerical model was used to define seasonal frost depth to estimate freeze-thaw effects. Finally all field measurements, experimental and numerical models results were used to predict annual fluvial erosion through this reach of the river.

  2. Modeling fluvial incision and transient landscape evolution: Influence of dynamic channel adjustment

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    Attal, M.; Tucker, G. E.; Whittaker, A. C.; Cowie, P. A.; Roberts, G. P.

    2008-09-01

    Channel geometry exerts a fundamental control on fluvial processes. Recent work has shown that bedrock channel width depends on a number of parameters, including channel slope, and is not solely a function of drainage area as is commonly assumed. The present work represents the first attempt to investigate the consequences of dynamic, gradient-sensitive channel adjustment for drainage-basin evolution. We use the Channel-Hillslope Integrated Landscape Development (CHILD) model to analyze the response of a catchment to a given tectonic perturbation, using, as a template, the topography of a well-documented catchment in the footwall of an active normal fault in the Apennines (Italy) that is known to be undergoing a transient response to tectonic forcing. We show that the observed transient response can be reproduced to first order with a simple detachment-limited fluvial incision law. Transient landscape is characterized by gentler gradients and a shorter response time when dynamic channel adjustment is allowed. The differences in predicted channel geometry between the static case (width dependent solely on upstream area) and dynamic case (width dependent on both drainage area and channel slope) lead to contrasting landscape morphologies when integrated at the scale of a whole catchment, particularly in presence of strong tilting and/or pronounced slip-rate acceleration. Our results emphasize the importance of channel width in controlling fluvial processes and landscape evolution. They stress the need for using a dynamic hydraulic scaling law when modeling landscape evolution, particularly when the relative uplift field is nonuniform.

  3. Fractal topography and subsurface water flows from fluvial bedforms to the continental shield

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    Worman, A.; Packman, A.I.; Marklund, L.; Harvey, J.W.; Stone, S.H.

    2007-01-01

    Surface-subsurface flow interactions are critical to a wide range of geochemical and ecological processes and to the fate of contaminants in freshwater environments. Fractal scaling relationships have been found in distributions of both land surface topography and solute efflux from watersheds, but the linkage between those observations has not been realized. We show that the fractal nature of the land surface in fluvial and glacial systems produces fractal distributions of recharge, discharge, and associated subsurface flow patterns. Interfacial flux tends to be dominated by small-scale features while the flux through deeper subsurface flow paths tends to be controlled by larger-scale features. This scaling behavior holds at all scales, from small fluvial bedforms (tens of centimeters) to the continental landscape (hundreds of kilometers). The fractal nature of surface-subsurface water fluxes yields a single scale-independent distribution of subsurface water residence times for both near-surface fluvial systems and deeper hydrogeological flows. Copyright 2007 by the American Geophysical Union.

  4. Fluvial drainage systems: Margaritifer Sinus and Agyre (NC, NE) quadrangles, Mars

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    Boothroyd, J. C.; Grant, J. A.

    1984-01-01

    Fluvial drainage systems, delineated by mapping on stereo pairs of Viking Orbiter images, have developed in various-sized basins in the Margaritifer Sinus (MC-19) and Agyre (MC-26) Quadrangles, Mars. The Ladon Valles system is the largest, draining into and through two multi-ringed impact basins. Smaller fluvial basins to the southeast of the Ladon structural basin appear to have internal drainage. An intermediate-scale fluvial basin containing Himera Vallis extends along a north-south axis at 22 W and opens northward toward outflow channels south of Margaritifer Chaos. Stereo-pair mapping was extended furhter to the east, in MC-19 Ne, Se, and MC-26 NE, to investigate sources of outflow to the Ares Vallis system. The direction of flow in the channel at the northeast quadrant of the Ladon Basin is unresolved at present because of the poor quality of images available to form stereo pairs. However, an easterly drainage basin boundary running north-south along longitude 9 W, and extending westward at latitude 32-35 S, encloses a series of longitudinal drainage systems. Both the Parana Valles-Loire Vallis system and the Samara Valles system appear to drain in a northwesterly direction. The Samara flows to the Himera drainage basin, and the Parana-Loire to the northeast Ladon channel area.

  5. Assesing Hydrophysical/Enivornmenal impacts by Dams in the Amazon (fluvial) Basin

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    Wight, C.; Latrubesse, E. M.

    2014-12-01

    Growing demands from human activities are increasing the pressure and impacts on the Amazon River basin. Covering almost 40% of South America, the Amazon River basin's health is of global importance. With tributaries in 6 different countries, the anthropogenic impacts on this large system are complex and hard to synthesize. However to better understand large system responses to human impacts such an analysis is called for. Our objective is to organize a rigorous analysis of the potential hydro-physical impacts of dams on the major sub-basins of the Amazon. We are incorporating existing data of sediment fluxes, deforestation and land-use land-change to include the entire extent of the basin as defined by the fluvial unit. In addition, we will be analyzing the spatial distributions of dams (planned, under construction, and constructed) within each sub-basin. Our preliminary results have used statistical analysis and remote sensing to calculate the extent of deforestation on fluvial regimes of the legal Amazon and concentrated to identify the potential disruptions of sediment fluxes. Combining the spatial distributions of dam sites, and deforestation per sub-basin we will develop a system to interpret land-use and land-change per catchment. This in turn will allow us to better predict changes in the fluvial regimes and allow for comparisons of vulnerability.

  6. Validation of a stochastic digital packing algorithm for porosity prediction in fluvial gravel deposits

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    Liang, Rui; Schruff, Tobias; Jia, Xiaodong; Schüttrumpf, Holger; Frings, Roy M.

    2015-11-01

    Porosity as one of the key properties of sediment mixtures is poorly understood. Most of the existing porosity predictors based upon grain size characteristics have been unable to produce satisfying results for fluvial sediment porosity, due to the lack of consideration of other porosity-controlling factors like grain shape and depositional condition. Considering this, a stochastic digital packing algorithm was applied in this work, which provides an innovative way to pack particles of arbitrary shapes and sizes based on digitization of both particles and packing space. The purpose was to test the applicability of this packing algorithm in predicting fluvial sediment porosity by comparing its predictions with outcomes obtained from laboratory measurements. Laboratory samples examined were two natural fluvial sediments from the Rhine River and Kall River (Germany), and commercial glass beads (spheres). All samples were artificially combined into seven grain size distributions: four unimodal distributions and three bimodal distributions. Our study demonstrates that apart from grain size, grain shape also has a clear impact on porosity. The stochastic digital packing algorithm successfully reproduced the measured variations in porosity for the three different particle sources. However, the packing algorithm systematically overpredicted the porosity measured in random dense packing conditions, mainly because the random motion of particles during settling introduced unwanted kinematic sorting and shape effects. The results suggest that the packing algorithm produces loose packing structures, and is useful for trend analysis of packing porosity.

  7. Multiwell Experiment final report: 4, The fluvial interval of the Mesaverde Formation

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    The Department of Energy's Multiwell Experiment (MWX) is a field laboratory in the Piceance Basin of Colorado which has two overall objectives: to characterize the low permeability gas reservoirs in the Mesaverde Formation and to develop technology for their production. Different depositional environments have created distinctly different reservoirs in the Mesaverde, and MWX has addressed each of these in turn. This report presents a comprehensive summary of results from the fluvial interval which lies between 4400 ft and 6000 ft at the MWX site. The reservoirs consist of heterogeneous, amalgamated point-bar sequences which form broad meanderbelts which create irregular, but roughly tabular, reservoirs with widths of 1000--2500 ft. Separate sections of this report are background and summary; site descriptions and operations; geology; log analysis; core analysis; in situ stress; well testing, stimulation, fracture diagnostics, and reservoir evaluation in two separate sandstones; stress, fracture diagnostic, and stimulation experiments in an additional sandstone; supporting laboratory studies; and a bibliography. Additional detailed data, results, analyses, and data file references are presented as appendices which are included on microfiche. The results show that stimulation of fluvial reservoirs can be successful if proper care is taken to minimize damage to the natural fracture system. Both an accelerated leakoff phenomenon and the ability to alter the in situ stress were quantified. Overall, the fluvial interval offers the highest production potential of the three nonmarine intervals studied. 116 refs., 230 figs., 28 tabs.

  8. Multiwell Experiment final report: 4, The fluvial interval of the Mesaverde Formation

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    The Department of Energy's Multiwell Experiment (MWX) is a field laboratory in the Piceance Basin of Colorado which has two overall objectives: to characterize the low permeability gas reservoirs in the Mesaverde Formation and to develop technology for their production. Different depositional environments have created distinctly different reservoirs in the Mesaverde, and MWX has addressed each of these in turn. This report presents a comprehensive summary of results from the fluvial interval which lies between 4400 ft and 600 ft at the MWX site. The reservoirs consist of heterogeneous, amalgamated point-bar sequences which form broad meanderbelts which create irregular, but roughly tabular, reservoirs with widths of 1000--2500 ft. Separate sections of this report are background and summary; site descriptions and operations; geology; log analysis; core analysis; in situ stress; well testing, stimulation, fracture diagnostics, and reservoir evaluation in two separate sandstones; stress, fracture diagnostic, and stimulation experiments in an additional sandstone; supporting laboratory studies; and a bibliography. Additional detailed data, results, analyses, and data file references are presented as appendices which are included on microfiche. The results show that stimulation of fluvial reservoirs can be successful if proper care is taken to minimize damage to the natural fracture system. Both an accelerated leakoff phenomenon and the ability to alter the in situ stress were quantified. Overall, the fluvial interval offers the highest production potential of the three nonmarine intervals studied. 141 refs., 92 figs., 33 tabs.

  9. Fluvial response to late Quaternary climatic fluctuations, central Kobuk Valley, northwestern Alaska

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    Ashley, G.M. . Dept. of Geological Sciences); Hamilton, T.D. )

    1993-09-01

    Much of northwestern Alaska remained unglaciated during the Pleistocene and thus offers a favorable setting for examining long-term records of high-latitude geological and biological change. Epiguruk, a large cut bank 3.5 km long and up to 36 m high on the Kobuk River south of the Brooks Range in eastern Beringia, exposes complex sedimentary successions representing cycles of upper quaternary alluviation and eolian sedimentation, downcutting, and soil formation. A rich record of plants and mammals is also preserved in the section. Deposits of fluvial channels and flood plains, eolian dunes, sand sheets, loess, and ponds, as well as organic soils (Histosols) are represented. Parallel-bedded fine sand and coarse silt couplets that commonly contain root structures, ripple cross-lamination, silt drapes are flood-plain sediments apparently deposited at the interface of fluvial and eolian environments. Multiple fluvial-to-eolian depositional sequences were caused by influx of eolian sediment to the river from intermittently active dune fields south of the Kobuk River. Alluviation in the Kobuk Valley was coeval with glaciation in the Brooks Range, whereas downcutting occurred during interstadials when dune stabilization limited sediment supply. The depositional model developed at Epiguruk may be useful in interpreting some of the widespread subhorizontally stratified late-glacial deposits of Europe and North America.

  10. Human-induced changes in animal populations and distributions, and the subsequent effects on fluvial systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Butler, David R.

    2006-09-01

    Humans have profoundly altered hydrological pathways and fluvial systems through their near-extirpation of native populations of animal species that strongly influenced hydrology and removal of surface sediment, and through the introduction of now-feral populations of animals that bring to bear a suite of different geomorphic effects on the fluvial system. In the category of effects of extirpation, examples are offered through an examination of the geomorphic effects and former spatial extent of beavers, bison, prairie dogs, and grizzly bears. Beavers entrapped hundreds of billions of cubic meters of sediment in North American stream systems prior to European contact. Individual bison wallows, that numbered in the range of 100 million wallows, each displaced up to 23 m 3 of sediment. Burrowing by prairie dogs displaced more than 5000 kg and possibly up to 67,500 kg of sediment per hectare. In the category of feral populations, the roles of feral rabbits, burros and horses, and pigs are highlighted. Much work remains to adequately quantify the geomorphic effects animals have on fluvial systems, but the influence is undeniable.

  11. Isotope-based Fluvial Organic Carbon (ISOFLOC) Model: Model formulation, sensitivity, and evaluation

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    Ford, William I.; Fox, James F.

    2015-06-01

    Watershed-scale carbon budgets remain poorly understood, in part due to inadequate simulation tools to assess in-stream carbon fate and transport. A new numerical model termed ISOtope-based FLuvial Organic Carbon (ISOFLOC) is formulated to simulate the fluvial organic carbon budget in watersheds where hydrologic, sediment transport, and biogeochemical processes are coupled to control benthic and transported carbon composition and flux. One ISOFLOC innovation is the formulation of new stable carbon isotope model subroutines that include isotope fractionation processes in order to estimate carbon isotope source, fate, and transport. A second innovation is the coupling of transfers between carbon pools, including algal particulate organic carbon, fine particulate and dissolved organic carbon, and particulate and dissolved inorganic carbon, to simulate the carbon cycle in a comprehensive manner beyond that of existing watershed water quality models. ISOFLOC was tested and verified in a low-gradient, agriculturally impacted stream. Results of a global sensitivity analysis suggested the isotope response variable had unique sensitivity to the coupled interaction between fluvial shear resistance of algal biomass and the concentration of dissolved inorganic carbon. Model calibration and validation suggested good agreement at event, seasonal, and annual timescales. Multiobjective uncertainty analysis suggested inclusion of the carbon stable isotope routine reduced uncertainty by 80% for algal particulate organic carbon flux estimates.

  12. Fluvial deposits of Yellowstone tephras: Implications for late Cenozoic history of the Bighorn basin area, Wyoming and Montana

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Reheis, M.C.

    1992-01-01

    Several deposits of tephra derived from eruptions in Yellowstone National Park occur in the northern Bighorn basin area of Wyoming and Montana. These tephra deposits are mixed and interbedded with fluvial gravel and sand deposited by several different rivers. The fluvial tephra deposits are used to calculate stream incision rates, to provide insight into drainage histories and Quaternary tectonics, to infer the timing of alluvial erosion-deposition cycles, and to calibrate rates of soil development. ?? 1992.

  13. 75 FR 21034 - Notice of Availability of Record of Decision for the Agua Fria National Monument and Bradshaw...

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    2010-04-22

    ... Bureau of Land Management Notice of Availability of Record of Decision for the Agua Fria National... Agua Fria National Monument and Bradshaw-Harquahala Planning Area, located in central Arizona. The... occupied or used portions of the planning area during prehistoric or historic times. The Agua Fria...

  14. Depositional sequences and fluvial architecture in the Cameros extension basin, north-central Spain, upper Jurassic-lower cretaceous

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    Clemente, P. )

    1993-09-01

    In the Tithonian-Berriasian and Aptian, basin fill of the Cameros basin is formed by a depositional megasequence of fluvial and lacustrine sediments. Basin evolution is related the second state of rifting in the North Atlantic. In the first stages of extension, the basin is compartmentalized due to differential subsidence. As the extension continues, the subbasins merge to form one large basin. The megasequence is subdivided into five unconformity-bounded depositional sequences (SD1-SD5). Each sequence has a duration of 2.5-10 m.y. and a thickness of 400-1200 m. the internal sequence architecture is formed by a thick fluvial depositional system, which toward the top is overlapped by an expanding lacustrine facies. The architecture of the fluvial systems in depositional sequences SD1-SD3 consists of small, isolated sandstone bodies in a mudstone matrix, and results from the evolution of distal, high-sinuosity fluvio-lacustrine coastal plains. Depositional mixed (conglomeratic sandstone) and sandstone bodies. They originate from wider and nonconfined fluvial systems (conglomeratic and sandy braid plains). In SD5 this facies interfingers with a second fluvial system dominated by ephemeral streams. The evolution of fluvial architecture is controlled by the balance between subsidence, sediment supply, and relative sea level change. In a reservoir-equivalent setting, the understanding of this evolutionary process and its resultant architecture provides a better insight in reservoir distribution and interconnectedness.

  15. Heterogeneity in a Suburban River Network: Understanding the Impact of Fluvial Wetlands on Dissolved Oxygen and Metabolism in Headwater Streams

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cain, J. S.; Wollheim, W. M.; Sheehan, K.; Lightbody, A.

    2014-12-01

    Low dissolved oxygen content in rivers threatens fish populations, aquatic organisms, and the health of entire ecosystems. River systems with high fluvial wetland abundance and organic matter, may result in high metabolism that in conjunction with low re-aeration rates, lead to low oxygen conditions. Increasing abundance of beaver ponds in many areas may exacerbate this phenomenon. This research aims to understand the impact of fluvial wetlands, including beaver ponds, on dissolved oxygen (D.O.) and metabolism throughout the headwaters of the Ipswich R. watershed, MA, USA. In several fluvial wetland dominated systems, we measured diel D.O. and metabolism in the upstream inflow, the surface water transient storage zones of fluvial wetland sidepools, and at the outflow to understand how the wetlands modify dissolved oxygen. D.O. was also measured longitudinally along entire surface water flow paths (x-y km long) to determine how low levels of D.O. propagate downstream. Nutrient samples were also collected to understand how their behavior was related to D.O. behavior. Results show that D.O. in fluvial wetlands has large swings with periods of very low D.O. at night. D.O. swings were also seen in downstream outflow, though lagged and somewhat attenuated. Flow conditions affect the level of inundation and the subsequent effects of fluvial wetlands on main channel D.O.. Understanding the D.O. behavior throughout river systems has important implications for the ability of river systems to remove anthropogenic nitrogen.

  16. Fingerprinting the sources of fluvial sediment using fallout and in-situ radionuclides in forested watershed in Japan

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    Kato, H.; Onda, Y.; Hiramatsu, S.; Seki, R.

    2003-12-01

    To study the fluvial sediment sources in forested watershed in Shikoku island, Japan, the concentration of Cs-137 and Pb-210ex, U and Th decay series radaionuclides were analyzed. The soil sampling was conducted in hillslopes in various locations such as landslide scar, surface erosion in unmanaged Hinoki (Chamaecyparis obtusa) plantation, and detailed sampling in the channel deposit was also conducted in several tributaries. The activities of Cs-137, Pb-210ex, Bi-214 and Tl-208 of soils and fluvial sediments were determined by gammaspectroscopy. We also analyzed landuse of the watershed and forest logging area and landslide area were measured by air photo interpretation. The study area is Shimanto river basin, located 700 km southwest of Tokyo. The 2270 km2 area watershed ranges in elevation from 0 m to 1485 m above sea level. Low concentration of Cs-137 and Pb-210ex in fine sediments and surface soil at landslide scar suggest that fluvial sediments are derived from surface soil of the landslide scars or from channel walls. The concentrations of Cs-137 and Pb-210ex of fluvial sediment are found to be decrease as the landslide area increases. The data of U and Th decay series radionuclides, Bi-214 and Tl-208, indicate that the sources of fluvial sediment are adjacent to the sampling sites. The results suggest that landslide scar and adjacent to the channel are dominant sources of fluvial sediment in this watershed.

  17. Liquefaction susceptibility assessment in fluvial plains using airborne lidar: the case of the 2012 Emilia earthquake sequence area (Italy)

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    Civico, R.; Brunori, C. A.; De Martini, P. M.; Pucci, S.; Cinti, F. R.; Pantosti, D.

    2015-11-01

    We report a case study from the Po River plain region (northern Italy), where significant liquefaction-related land and property damage occurred during the 2012 Emilia seismic sequence. We took advantage of a 1 m pixel lidar digital terrain model (DTM) and of the 2012 Emilia coseismic liquefaction data set to (a) perform a detailed geomorphological study of the Po River plain area and (b) quantitatively define the liquefaction susceptibility of the geomorphologic features that experienced different abundance of liquefaction. One main finding is that linear topographic highs of fluvial origin - together with crevasse splays, abandoned riverbeds and very young land reclamation areas - acted as a preferential location for the occurrence of liquefaction phenomena. Moreover, we quantitatively defined a hierarchy in terms of liquefaction susceptibility for an ideal fluvial environment. We observed that a very high liquefaction susceptibility is found in coincidence with fluvial landforms, a high-to-moderate liquefaction susceptibility within a buffer distance of 100 and 200 m from mapped fluvial landforms and a low liquefaction susceptibility outside fluvial landforms and relative buffer areas. Lidar data allowed a significant improvement in mapping with respect to conventionally available topographic data and/or aerial imagery. These results have significant implications for accurate hazard and risk assessment as well as for land-use planning. We propose a simple geomorphological approach for liquefaction susceptibility estimation. Our findings can be applied to areas beyond Emilia that are characterized by similar fluvial-dominated environments and prone to significant seismic hazard.

  18. Suspended sediment transport trough a large fluvial-tidal channel network

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Wright, Scott A.; Morgan, Tara

    2015-01-01

    The confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, CA, forms a large network of interconnected channels, referred to as the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (the Delta). The Delta comprises the transition zone from the fluvial influences of the upstream rivers and tidal influences of San Francisco Bay downstream. Formerly an extensive tidal marsh, the hydrodynamics and geomorphology of Delta have been substantially modified by humans to support agriculture, navigation, and water supply. These modifications, including construction of new channels, diking and draining of tidal wetlands, dredging of navigation channels, and the operation of large pumping facilities for distribution of freshwater from the Delta to other parts of the state, have had a dramatic impact on the physical and ecological processes within the Delta. To better understand the current physical processes, and their linkages to ecological processes, the USGS maintains an extensive network of flow, sediment, and water quality gages in the Delta. Flow gaging is accomplished through use of the index-velocity method, and sediment monitoring uses turbidity as a surrogate for suspended-sediment concentration. Herein, we present analyses of the transport and dispersal of suspended sediment through the complex network of channels in the Delta. The primary source of sediment to the Delta is the Sacramento River, which delivers pulses of sediment primarily during winter and spring runoff events. Upon reaching the Delta, the sediment pulses move through the fluvial-tidal transition while also encountering numerous channel junctions as the Sacramento River branches into several distributary channels. The monitoring network allows us to track these pulses through the network and document the dominant transport pathways for suspended sediment. Further, the flow gaging allows for an assessment of the relative effects of advection (the fluvial signal) and dispersion (from the tides) on the sediment pulses as they move through the system. Herein, we present analyses of the “first flush” sediment pulse that occurred on the Sacramento River in December 2012, documenting the transport pathways as well as the effects of advection and dispersion on the sediment as it moved through the fluvial-tidal transition in the Delta. The analyses identified an important transport pathway through the interior of the Delta toward the large pumping facilities in the south Delta, which has important implications for native fish (because their movements are triggered by sediment/turbidity). The results also reveal the dramatic transition from fluvial-dominated transport (advection) to tidal-dominated transport (dispersion) as the sediment pulse approaches the estuary.

  19. Integrated geophysical and geological investigation of a heterogeneous fluvial aquifer in Columbus, Mississippi

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bowling, Jerry Clark

    An integrated field and modeling study is used to test the applicability of geophysical methods for characterizing flow and contaminant transport in a heterogeneous fluvial aquifer at the Macro-Dispersion Experiment (MADE) site in Columbus, Mississippi. An outcrop located 1 km southeast of the MADE site was examined to quantify the relationship between geophysical attributes and lithostratigraphic properties. Seismic reflection, ground penetrating radar (GPR), and DC resistivity profiles were compared with outcrop descriptions, laboratory resistivity measurements, and grain-size analyses conducted on a core collected near the quarry wall. The aquifer is found to be composed of an upper sandy clay meandering fluvial system and a lower gravelly sand braided fluvial system separated by an erosional surface. The meandering fluvial facies is characterized by relatively low resistivity values (500-1250 m) and laterally continuous high-amplitude GPR reflectors. Lateral GPR reflection terminations indicate onlap at channel boundaries, which are filled with silty clay and clayey silt with low resistivity values (50-400 ohm-m). The braided fluvial facies is characterized by higher resistivity values (1600-2600 ohm-m) and low amplitude short bidirectional dipping reflectors. Seismic reflection data images the terrace, but depositional structures within the aquifer are below seismic resolution. Resistivity measurements on the core show a linear correlation to clay fraction, allowing the surface resistivity data to be used as a predictor of clay content in the aquifer. A grid of two dimensional GPR and DC resistivity data collected at the MADE site show similar geophysical facies. A geological model is developed on the basis of these data that agrees with previously collected hydraulic conductivity measurements and migration patterns of a tritium plume produced in a natural gradient tracer test. The tracer experiment is simulated using a hydraulic conductivity field derived from the DC resistivity data, calibrated by an empirical log-log relationship between hydraulic conductivity and DC resistivity derived at one borehole. The agreement between the simulated and observed tritium plumes demonstrates that extremely heterogeneous aquifers can be modeled with minimal hydrological data supplemented with geophysical data at least as well as previous models of the site using extensive well-based hydrologic data.

  20. Fluvial Interpretation of Ridged Units, Northern Sinus Meridiani/Southwest Arabia Terra, Mars

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    Wilkinson, J.; Allen, C. C.; Oehler, D. Z.

    2007-12-01

    THEMIS, MOC, and HiRISE imagery shows features at various scales that suggest fluvial emplacement of the ridge-forming rock units exposed in northern Sinus Meridiani and southwestern Arabia Terra. The study area -- 10 N to 2 S latitude and 10 W to 8 E longitude -- spans the interface from the southern highlands to the northern plains. Numerous, linear ridges of varying width, orientation and sinuosity (mainly lower sinuosity) are suggestive of fluvial channels. Sets of features can be interpreted as braided channel reaches. Cross-cutting relationships, a common feature of channels on terrestrial fluvial plains, are ubiquitous. Many sinuous features appear as twinned parallel lines, suggesting preferential cementing of coarser channel-bank sediments. A few examples exist of features that can be interpreted as scroll bars and channel augmentation in locally narrow reaches. Layering and internal discontinuities of the Meridiani rocks are consistent with a fluvial interpretation. The regional setting of study-area units accords closely with many terrestrial basins which are occupied by fluvially emplaced sediment bodies known as megafans. Contiguous megafan surfaces (characterized by numerous channel traces, of varied orientation) cover large areas -- 1.25 million sq. km. in S. America -- with radii of hundreds of km. Megafans characteristically lie at the foot of a backing highland, from which rivers supply sediment. The ridged units on Mars lie at the foot of the southern highlands from which numerous river valleys have drained towards Meridiani Planum/southwest Arabia Terra. Further, the present regional slope is apparently away from the highlands, with downslope dimensions of hundreds of km. The low slopes of the northern Meridiani units mirror the typically low regional slopes of terrestrial megafans. Low slopes are conducive to the development of water bodies, which are numerous on some terrestrial megafans. The lacustrine model for the formation of the hematite-bearing unit is thus consistent with a megafan analog. Eroded desert landscapes on Earth show chemically cemented paleo-channels as inverted topography. Paleo- megafans in terrestrial deserts, displaying inverted topography, are the closest morphologic analogs to the ridges of northern Meridiani/southwest Arabia Terra. Further studies -- including quantitative comparisons of ridge characteristics and spectroscopic investigation of cementing minerals -- are underway to determine the origin of these widespread martian units.

  1. A fluvial and pluvial probabilistic flood hazard analysis for Can Tho city, Vietnam

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Apel, Heiko; Martinez, Oriol; Thi Chinh, Do; Viet Dung, Nguyen

    2014-05-01

    Can Tho city is the largest city and the economic heart of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Due to its economic importance and envisaged development goals the city grew rapidly in population size and extend over the last two decades. Large parts of the city are located in flood prone areas, and also the central parts of the city recently experienced an increasing number of flood events, both of fluvial and pluvial nature. As the economic power and asset values are constantly increasing, this poses a considerable risk for the city. The the aim of this study is to perform a flood hazard analysis considering both fluvial and pluvial floods and to derive probabilistic flood hazard maps. This requires in a first step an understanding of the typical flood mechanisms. Fluvial floods are triggered by a coincidence of high water levels during the annual flood period in the Mekong Delta with high tidal levels, which cause in combination short term inundations in Can Tho. Pluvial floods are triggered by typical tropical convective rain storms during the monsoon season. These two flood pathways are essentially independent in its sources and can thus be treated in the hazard analysis accordingly. For the fluvial hazard analysis we propose a bivariate frequency analysis of the Mekong flood characteristics, the annual maximum flood discharge Q and the annual flood volume V at the upper boundary of the Mekong Delta, the gauging station Kratie. This defines probabilities of exceedance of different Q-V pairs, which are transferred into synthetic flood hydrographs. The synthetic hydrographs are routed through a quasi-2D hydrodynamic model of the entire Mekong Delta in order to provide boundary conditions for a detailed hazard mapping of Can Tho. This downscaling step is necessary, because the huge complexity of the river and channel network does not allow for a proper definition of boundary conditions for Can Tho city by gauge data alone. In addition the available gauge data around Can Tho are too short for a meaningful frequency analysis. The detailed hazard mapping is performed by a 2D hydrodynamic model for Can Tho city. As the scenarios are derived in a Monte-Carlo framework, the final flood hazard maps are probabilistic, i.e. show the median flood hazard along with uncertainty estimates for each defined level of probabilities of exceedance. For the pluvial flood hazard a frequency analysis of the hourly rain gauge data of Can Tho is performed implementing a peak-over-threshold procedure. Based on this frequency analysis synthetic rains storms are generated in a Monte-Carlo framework for the same probabilities of exceedance as in the fluvial flood hazard analysis. Probabilistic flood hazard maps were then generated with the same 2D hydrodynamic model for the city. In a last step the fluvial and pluvial scenarios are combined assuming independence of the events. These scenarios were also transferred into hazard maps by the 2D hydrodynamic model finally yielding combined fluvial-pluvial probabilistic flood hazard maps for Can Tho. The derived set of maps may be used for an improved city planning or a flood risk analysis.

  2. Gully annealing by fluvially-sourced Aeolian sand: remote sensing investigations of connectivity along the Fluvial-Aeolian-hillslope continuum on the Colorado River

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    Sankey, Joel B.; East, Amy E.; Collins, Brian D.; Caster, Joshua

    2015-01-01

    Processes contributing to development of ephemeral gully channels are of great importance to landscapes worldwide, and particularly in dryland regions where soil loss and land degradation from gully erosion pose long-term, land-management problems. Whereas gully formation has been relatively well studied, much less is known of the processes that anneal gullies and impede their growth. This work investigates gully annealing by aeolian sediment, along the Colorado River downstream of Glen Canyon Dam in Glen, Marble, and Grand Canyons, Arizona, USA (Figure 1). In this segment of the Colorado River, gully erosion potentially affects the stability and preservation of archaeological sites that are located within valley margins. Gully erosion occurs as a function of ephemeral, rainfall-induced overland flow associated with intense episodes of seasonal precipitation. Measurements of sediment transport and topographic change have demonstrated that fluvial sand in some locations is transported inland and upslope by aeolian processes to areas affected by gully erosion, and aeolian sediment activity can be locally effective at counteracting gully erosion (Draut, 2012; Collins and others, 2009, 2012; Sankey and Draut, 2014). The degree to which specific locations are affected by upslope wind redistribution of sand from active channel sandbars to higher elevation valley margins is termed connectivity. Connectivity is controlled spatially throughout the river by (1) the presence of upwind sources of fluvial sand within the contemporary active river channel (e.g., sandbars), and (2) bio-physical barriers that include vegetation and topography that might impede aeolian sediment transport. The primary hypothesis of this work is that high degrees of connectivity lead to less gullying potential.

  3. Unraveling the Interactions between Tidal and Fluvial Flood Wave Signals through the Fluvio-Tidal Transition, Chehalis River, USA

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    Prokocki, E.; Perillo, M. M.; Best, J.; Parsons, D. R.; Simpson, C.; Perillo, G. M.

    2014-12-01

    Bedload and suspended load transport and deposition within the fluvio-tidal zone is governed by the dynamic interplay between fluvially-derived unidirectional currents with bi-directional tidal flows of varying magnitudes that display significant spatio-temporal variation across a range of scales. These fluctuations in the governing hydraulics are represented directly in the differing characteristics of bar forms, bedforms, and silt/clay interbeds within this region that ultimately control the sedimentary facies observed within the fluvio-tidal transitional zone. In this study, we examined seven water surface elevation gages from both NOAA and the USGS located throughout the full expanse (~ 60 km) of the fluvio-tidal zone on the Chehalis River from the river mouth through the "backwater" reach to the fully-fluvial environment where normal flow prevails. Wavelet analysis coupled with computed water surface energy gradients was conducted for both the tidal (i.e. semi-diurnal and diurnal) and fluvial signals at low and high (i.e. flood wave) fluvial discharge conditions that captured all seasonal fluctuations in both the tidal range and fluvial hydrograph. Spatio-temporal analysis of the fluvio-tidal signal along the "backwater" reach shows that for particular hydrodynamic conditions the tidal flows are significantly altered, if not completely dampened, by upstream originating fluvial flood waves, and also displays where fluvial flood wave signals are absorbed by the tidal flow signal (i.e. tidal prism). Furthermore, the results of the above analysis coupled with: (i) salinity measurements, and (ii) suspended sediment concentrations, illuminates in a spatio-temporal context where/when along the "backwater" reach flocculation of fine-grained sediment is expected. Thus, here we will demonstrate how the large-scale hydrodynamics varies throughout the fluvio-tidal zone and will discuss the implications of these results for the preservation potential of sedimentary facies in this region.

  4. Facies architecture and sequence stratigraphy of an early post-rift fluvial succession, Aptian Barbalha Formation, Araripe Basin, northeastern Brazil

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    Scherer, Claiton M. S.; Goldberg, Karin; Bardola, Tatiana

    2015-06-01

    The Barbalha Formation (Aptian) records deposition in a fluvial and lacustrine environment accumulated in an early post-rift sag basin. Characterization of the facies architecture and sequence stratigraphic framework of the alluvial succession was carried out through detailed description and interpretation of outcrops and cored wells. The development of depositional sequences in this unit reflects variation in the accommodation-to-sediment supply (A/S) ratio. Two depositional sequences, showing an overall fining-upward trend, are preserved within the succession. The sequences are bounded by regional subaerial unconformities formed during negative A/S ratio, and may be subdivided in Low-accommodation Systems Tracts (LAST) (positive A/S ratio close to zero) and High accommodation Systems Tracts (HAST) (A/S ratio between 0.5 and 1). Sequence 1, with a minimum thickness of 100 m, is characterized by amalgamated, multi-storey, braided fluvial channel sand bodies, defining a LAST. These are interlayered with crevasse splay and floodplain deposits toward the top, passing to open lacustrine deposits, defining a HAST. Sequence 2, with minimum thickness ranging from 50 to 90 m, overlies the organic-rich lacustrine deposits. At the base, this sequence is composed of amalgamated, multistorey braided fluvial channel sand bodies (LAST), similar to Sequence 1, overlain by well-drained floodplain with fixed fluvial channel deposits, interpreted as an anastomosed fluvial system, which are in turn capped by lacustrine deposits, both grouped in a HAST. Paleocurrent data on fluvial deposits of sequences 1 and 2 show a consistent paleoflow to the SE. Sedimentological evidence indicates humid to sub-humid climatic conditions during deposition of sequences 1 and 2. Accumulation of fluvial sequences 1 and 2 was mainly controlled by tectonics. Variation in A/S ratios must be related to tectonic subsidence and uplift of the basin.

  5. Fluvial sedimentology of a Mesozoic petrified forest assemblage, Shishu Formation, Junggar foreland basin, Xinjiang, China

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    McKnight, C.L.; Gan, O.; Carroll, A.R.; Dilcher, D.; Zhao, M.; Liang, Y.H.; Graham, S.A.

    1988-02-01

    The Upper Jurassic(.) Shishu Formation of the eastern Junggar basin, Xinjiang, northwest China, is a fluvial sand unit containing an important assemblage of well-preserved, silicified tree trunks and rooted stumps. Numerous logs, up to 83 ft (25.5 m) long, occur at several levels within a 33.6-ft (10.3 m) stratigraphic section of fluvial sand, gravel, and mud and several paleosol horizons. The uppermost logbearing layer includes a number of rooted tree stumps in growth position, with diameters of up to 8 ft (2.5 m). The maximum root length observed is 40 ft (12.3 m). The trees have been identified by Chinese paleontologists as Cupressinoxylon. The petrified forest assemblage is preserved on the northeast margin of the Mesozoic Junggar foreland basin, a large continental basin subsiding under thrust loading from the south. Logs found within channel gravel units are oriented with their log axes parallel to the channel axis. Sedimentary structures, including epsilon and trough cross-stratification and imbricated channel gravels, indicate paleocurrent flow generally to the south, toward the basin center. The size of the logs suggests the presence of a major fluvial system. The epsilon cross-sets suggest a channel depth of 26 ft (8 m). The oriented silicified logs and their enclosing clastic sediments provide important information on the depositional systems active on the northeastern margin of the Junggar basin in the Late Jurassic(.) time. Hopefully, further detailed study of the fossil trees, including the spacing of the rooted stumps, will provide new information on the paleoecology of Mesozoic forests and the climatic conditions prevailing in the region at the time of deposition.

  6. Analysis on the Characteristics of Fluvial Evolution with Climate Changes from Numerical Simulation

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    Yan, Zhenzhen

    2014-05-01

    Landform evolution is one part of the Earth system behaviors. Products from the landform evolution are faithful records for the global change. They are created by complex interaction between geomorphic processes and environmental factors, and be able to provide the most important and intuitive evidences for investigating the interaction between the Earth's tectonic processes and climate changes. Because of very limited geodetic and geological data, we need a profound understanding of how landscapes respond and erode in response to changes in tectonic or climate boundary conditions. Quantitative study on landform evolution in different spatial and temporal scales using numerical simulation has important scientific interest and practical significance for investigating the nonlinear coupling relationship and response mechanism between tectonic activity, climate change, and surface processes. Under background of the global climate change, rivers have been a major focus of research in landform evolution because they are patently sensitive to tectonic and climate forcing via their channel characteristics. According to the existing research on the channel profiles, in this study, we employ numerical method incorporated with remote sensing techniques to investigate the surface process response to climate-tectonic-landscape through analysis and verification exploration. We build a numerical model based on the theory of geomorphic evolution, and take study on dynamical processes of the channel profile evolution with tectonic and climate boundary. Primary simulation results show that the linear diffusion is not enough to demonstrate the whole evolution. The analyses show that erosion plays a major role in fluvial evolution. Analysis on the dynamic processes of fluvial evolution, clarification its morphological characteristics, and exploration its formation and evolution is helpful for thorough study and understanding the relationship between the various factors of fluvial evolution system, and making forecast for future significant changes in the system with global changes.

  7. Coarse sediment dynamics in a proglacial fluvial system (Fagge River, Tyrol)

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    Baewert, Henning; Morche, David

    2014-08-01

    Alpine regions are strongly affected by the global climate change. Alpine glaciers have had a negative net balance since the end of the Little Ice Age (LIA). Proglacial areas with freshly exposed subglacial sediments are expanding due to the retreat of glaciers. These sediments (moraines, tills, glaciofluvial deposits, etc.) are unconsolidated, nearly unvegetated and therefore unstable and highly vulnerable to surface changes triggered by geomorphological processes. Particularly during heavy rainfall events, glacial and glaciofluvial deposits are remobilized and transported within the fluvial system. This study is focused on rapidly changing surfaces in the proglacial fluvial system of the Fagge River, which drains the Gepatschferner, one of the biggest glaciers in Austria, and is located in the Kaunertal/Austria. The field site covers an area from the snout of the glacier (2206 m a.s.l.) to the outlet of the Fagge River into the Gepatsch Reservoir at (1750 m a.s.l.). The main goal of this study is to measure surface changes and quantify mass balances of important sediment sources (alluvial plains, bars) in the proglacial area, which are directly connected to the fluvial system. For this purpose, multiple terrestrial laser scans are performed with an Optech ILRIS-36D laser scanner. During the field season in 2011 and 2012, several sediment sources were scanned at least twice. Significant surface changes occurred during the investigation period, mainly caused by an extreme flood event after heavy rain on August 26, 2012. Large amounts of sediment (> 70,000 m3) were remobilized, especially in the upper parts of the proglacial area, and were accumulated further downstream during this event.

  8. Fluvial particle characterization using artificial neural network and spectral image processing

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    Shrestha, Bim Prasad; Gautam, Bijaya; Nagata, Masateru

    2008-03-01

    Sand, chemical waste, microbes and other solid materials flowing with the water bodies are of great significance to us as they cause substantial impact to different sectors including drinking water management, hydropower generation, irrigation, aquatic life preservation and various other socio-ecological factors. Such particles can't completely be avoided due to the high cost of construction and maintenance of the waste-treatment methods. A detailed understanding of solid particles in surface water system can have benefit in effective, economic, environmental and social management of water resources. This paper describes an automated system of fluvial particle characterization based on spectral image processing that lead to the development of devices for monitoring flowing particles in river. Previous research in coherent field has shown that it is possible to automatically classify shapes and sizes of solid particles ranging from 300-400 ?m using artificial neural networks (ANN) and image processing. Computer facilitated with hyper spectral and multi spectral images using ANN can further classify fluvial materials into organic, inorganic, biodegradable, bio non degradable and microbes. This makes the method attractive for real time monitoring of particles, sand and microorganism in water bodies at strategic locations. Continuous monitoring can be used to determine the effect of socio-economic activities in upstream rivers, or to monitor solid waste disposal from treatment plants and industries or to monitor erosive characteristic of sand and its contribution to degradation of efficiency of hydropower plant or to identify microorganism, calculate their population and study the impact of their presence. Such system can also be used to characterize fluvial particles for planning effective utilization of water resources in micro-mega hydropower plant, irrigation, aquatic life preservation etc.

  9. Classification of biological and non-biological fluvial particles using image processing and artificial neural network

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    Shrestha, Bim Prasad; Shrestha, Nabin Kumar; Poudel, Laxman

    2009-04-01

    Particles flowing along with water largely affect safe drinking water, irrigation, aquatic life preservation and hydropower generation. This research describes activities that lead to development of fluvial particle characterization that includes detection of biological and non-biological particles and shape characterization using Image Processing and Artificial Neural Network (ANN). Fluvial particles are characterized based on multi spectral images processing using ANN. Images of wavelength of 630nm and 670nm are taken as most distinctive characterizing properties of biological and non-biological particles found in Bagmati River of Nepal. The samples were collected at pre-monsoon, monsoon and post-monsoon seasons. Random samples were selected and multi spectral images are processed using MATLAB 6.5. Thirty matrices were built from each sample. The obtained data of 42 rows and 60columns were taken as input training with an output matrix of 42 rows and 2 columns. Neural Network of Perceptron model was created using a transfer function. The system was first validated and later on tested at 18 different strategic locations of Bagmati River of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. This network classified biological and non biological particles. Development of new non-destructive technique to characterize biological and non-biological particles from fluvial sample in a real time has a significance breakthrough. This applied research method and outcome is an attractive model for real time monitoring of particles and has many applications that can throw a significant outlet to many researches and for effective utilization of water resources. It opened a new horizon of opportunities for basic and applied research at Kathmandu University in Nepal.

  10. Human impacts on headwater fluvial systems in the northern and central Andes

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    Harden, Carol P.

    2006-09-01

    South America delivers more freshwater runoff to the ocean per km 2 land area than any other continent, and much of that water enters the fluvial system from headwaters in the Andes Mountains. This paper reviews ways in which human occupation of high mountain landscapes in the Andes have affected the delivery of water and sediment to headwater river channels at local to regional scales for millennia, and provides special focus on the vulnerability of pramo soils to human impact. People have intentionally altered the fluvial system by damming rivers at a few strategic locations, and more widely by withdrawing surface water, primarily for irrigation. Unintended changes brought about by human activities are even more widespread and include forest clearance, agriculture, grazing, road construction, and urbanization, which increase rates of rainfall runoff and accelerate processes of water erosion. Some excavations deliver more sediment to river channels by destabilizing slopes and triggering processes of mass-movement. The northern and central Andes are more affected by human activity than most high mountain regions. The wetter northern Andes are also unusual for the very high water retention characteristics of pramo (high elevation grass and shrub) soils, which cover most of the land above 3000 m. Pramo soils are important regulators of headwater hydrology, but human activities that promote vegetation loss and drying cause them to lose water storage capacity. New data from a case study in southern Ecuador show very low bulk densities (median 0.26 g cm - 3 ), high organic matter contents (median 43%), and high water-holding capacities (12% to 86% volumetrically). These data document wetter soils under grass than under tree cover. Effects of human activity on the fluvial system are evident at local scales, but difficult to discern at broader scales in the regional context of geomorphic adjustment to tectonic and volcanic processes.

  11. Architecture and Channel-Belt Clustering in the Fluvial lower Wasatch Formation, Uinta Basin, Utah

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    Pisel, J. R.; Pyles, D. R.; Bracken, B.; Rosenbaum, C. D.

    2013-12-01

    The Eocene lower Wasatch Formation of the Uinta Basin contains exceptional outcrops of low net-sand content (27% sand) fluvial strata. This study quantitatively documents the stratigraphy of a 7 km wide by 300 meter thick strike-oriented outcrop in order to develop a quantitative data base that can be used to improve our knowledge of how some fluvial systems evolve over geologic time scales. Data used to document the outcrop are: (1) 550 meters of decimeter to half meter scale resolution stratigraphic columns that document grain size and physical sedimentary structures; (2) detailed photopanels used to document architectural style and lithofacies types in the outcrop; (3) thickness, width, and spatial position for all channel belts in the outcrop, and (4) directional measurements of paleocurrent indicators. Two channel-belt styles are recognized: lateral and downstream accreting channel belts; both of which occur as either single or multi-story. Floodplain strata are well exposed and consist of overbank fines and sand-rich crevasse splay deposits. Key upward and lateral characteristics of the outcrop documented herein are the following. First, the shapes of 243 channels are documented. The average width, thickness and aspect ratios of the channel belts are 110 m, 7 m, and 16:1, respectively. Importantly, the size and shape of channel belts does not change upward through the 300 meter transect. Second, channels are documented to spatially cluster. 9 clusters are documented using a spatial statistic. Key upward patterns in channel belt clustering are a marked change from non-amalgamated isolated channel-belt clusters to amalgamated channel-belt clusters. Critically, stratal surfaces can be correlated from mudstone units within the clusters to time-equivalent floodplain strata adjacent to the cluster demonstrating that clusters are not confined within fluvial valleys. Finally, proportions of floodplain and channel belt elements underlying clusters and channel belts vary with the style of clusters and channel belts laterally and vertically within the outcrop.

  12. Quantifying fluvial topography using UAS imagery and SfM photogrammetry

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    Woodget, Amy; Carbonneau, Patrice; Visser, Fleur; Maddock, Ian; Habit, Evelyn

    2014-05-01

    The measurement and monitoring of fluvial topography at high spatial and temporal resolutions is in increasing demand for a range of river science and management applications, including change detection, hydraulic models, habitat assessments, river restorations and sediment budgets. Existing approaches are yet to provide a single technique for rapidly quantifying fluvial topography in both exposed and submerged areas, with high spatial resolution, reach-scale continuous coverage, high accuracy and reasonable cost. In this paper, we explore the potential of using imagery acquired from a small unmanned aerial system (UAS) and processed using Structure-from-Motion (SfM) photogrammetry for filling this gap. We use a rotary winged hexacopter known as the Draganflyer X6, a consumer grade digital camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3) and the commercially available PhotoScan Pro SfM software (Agisoft LLC). We test the approach on three contrasting river systems; a shallow margin of the San Pedro River in the Valdivia region of south-central Chile, the lowland River Arrow in Warwickshire, UK, and the upland Coledale Beck in Cumbria, UK. Digital elevation models (DEMs) and orthophotos of hyperspatial resolution (0.01-0.02m) are produced. Mean elevation errors are found to vary somewhat between sites, dependent on vegetation coverage and the spatial arrangement of ground control points (GCPs) used to georeference the data. Mean errors are in the range 4-44mm for exposed areas and 17-89mm for submerged areas. Errors in submerged areas can be improved to 4-56mm with the application of a simple refraction correction procedure. Multiple surveys of the River Arrow site show consistently high quality results, indicating the repeatability of the approach. This work therefore demonstrates the potential of a UAS-SfM approach for quantifying fluvial topography.

  13. An evaluation of stream characteristics in glacial versus fluvial process domains in the Colorado Front Range

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    Livers, Bridget; Wohl, Ellen

    2015-02-01

    Many of the conceptual models developed for river networks emphasize progressive downstream trends in morphology and processes. Such models can fall short in describing the longitudinal variability associated with low-order streams. A more thorough understanding of the influence of local variability of process and form in low-order stream channels is required to remotely and accurately predict channel geometry characteristics for management purposes, and in this context designating process domains is useful. We define process domains with respect to glacial versus fluvial valleys and lateral confinement of valley segments. We evaluated local variability of process domains in the Colorado Front Range by systematically following streams, categorizing them into stream morphologic type and process domain, and evaluating a number of channel geometry characteristics. We evaluated 111 stream reaches for significant differences in channel geometry among stream types and process domains, location and clustering of stream types on a slope-drainage area (S-A) plot and downstream hydraulic geometry relationships. Although individual channel geometry variables differed significantly between individual stream types in glacial and fluvial process domains, no single channel geometry variable consistently differentiated all stream types between process domains. Hypothetical S-A boundaries between bedrock- and alluvial-bed channels proposed in previous studies did not reliably divide bedrock and alluvial reaches for our study sites. Although downstream hydraulic geometry relationships are well-defined using all reaches in the study area, reaches in glacial valleys display much more variability in channel geometry characteristics than reaches in fluvial valleys, less pronounced downstream hydraulic geometry relationships, and greater scatter of reaches on an S-A plot. Local spatial variability associated with process domains at the reach scale (101-103 m) overrides progressive downstream relationships in low-order mountain streams of the Colorado Front Range.

  14. Modelling river bank retreat by combining fluvial erosion, seepage and mass failure

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    Dapporto, S.; Rinaldi, M.

    2003-04-01

    Streambank erosion processes contribute significantly to the sediment yielded from a river system and represent an important issue in the contexts of soil degradation and river management. Bank retreat is controlled by a complex interaction of hydrologic, geotechnical, and hydraulic processes. The capability of modelling these different components allows for a full reconstruction and comprehension of the causes and rates of bank erosion. River bank retreat during a single flow event has been modelled by combining simulation of fluvial erosion, seepage, and mass failures. The study site, along the Sieve River (Central Italy), has been subject to extensive researches, including monitoring of pore water pressures for a period of 4 years. The simulation reconstructs fairly faithfully the observed changes, and is used to: a) test the potentiality and discuss advantages and limitations of such type of methodology for modelling bank retreat; c) quantify the contribution and mutual role of the different processes determining bank retreat. The hydrograph of the event is divided in a series of time steps. Modelling of the riverbank retreat includes for each step the following components: a) fluvial erosion and consequent changes in bank geometry; b) finite element seepage analysis; c) stability analysis by limit equilibrium method. Direct fluvial shear erosion is computed using empirically derived relationships expressing lateral erosion rate as a function of the excess of shear stress to the critical entrainment value for the different materials along the bank profile. Lateral erosion rate has been calibrated on the basis of the total bank retreat measured by digital terrestrial photogrammetry. Finite element seepage analysis is then conducted to reconstruct the saturated and unsaturated flow within the bank and the pore water pressure distribution for each time step. The safety factor for mass failures is then computed, using the pore water pressure distribution obtained by the seepage analysis, and the geometry of the upper bank is modified in case of failure.

  15. Channel arrangements and depositional styles in the So Loureno fluvial megafan, Brazilian Pantanal wetland

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    Assine, Mario Luis; Corradini, Fabrcio Anibal; Pupim, Fabiano do Nascimento; McGlue, Michael Matthew

    2014-03-01

    The Brazilian Pantanal is an extensive lowland tropical basin characterized by the presence of fluvial megafans and seasonally-inundated savanna floodplain wetlands. With an area of about 16,000 km2, the So Loureno is the second largest megafan in the Pantanal. Three distinct fluvial channel styles that formed at different times during the late Quaternary are found here. A geomorphological and sedimentary assessment of these depositional patterns provides valuable insight on the environmental context of their evolution. New optically stimulated luminescence data indicate that the upper five meters of sediment in the So Loureno megafan has been accumulating since the late Pleistocene. Ancient fan lobes, located in upper and intermediate fan settings, consist of medium- and coarse-grained fluvial sands and exhibit well-preserved distributary braided paleochannels on their surfaces. As the megafan evolved through time, Pleistocene lobes were incised by a prominent valley filled with Holocene-aged meander belt deposits, which consist of silts interbedded with very fine sands and clays. Currently, the incised valley is a zone of sediment bypass. Modern deposition occurs along the distal toe of the megafan system, where lobes characterized by distributary channel-levee ridges are widespread. These features formed by progradation of avulsion belts into a broad swampy floodbasin, which caused the lower portion of the meander belt to be abandoned. The significant differences observed in intra-fan morphology appear to be linked to the variability in effective precipitation. Fan lobes deposited with braided distributary channels occurred under relatively dry conditions in the late Pleistocene. By contrast, aggradational meander belt deposits and lobes with distributary channel-levee ridges formed during fluctuating precipitation conditions of the Holocene, when the Pantanal emerged from deglacial aridity. Modern lobes form under heavy seasonal flooding and deposition occurs in response to very rapid and common avulsion events. These results have implications for interpreting the complexity of megafan facies in similar continental basins.

  16. Geological Relationships Between Hydrated Minerals And Fluvial Landforms In Tyrrhena Terra, Mars.

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    Bouley, S.; Loizeau, D.; Mangold, N.; Poulet, F.; Ansan, V.; Le Mouelic, S.; Bibring, J.; Langevin, Y.

    2008-12-01

    The phyllosian period of Mars displays rocks that are altered at different levels, containing phyllosilicates of various nature, revealing that liquid water played a strong role in their formation. However, debates currently exist to know if this alteration was conduced at the surface due to a different climate, or in the subsurface from hydrothermal circulation. Here, we display results in the Tyrrhena Terra region, which is of interest to address this issue. Indeed, Tyrrhena Terra is located in cratered Noachian highlands in the southern hemisphere, south of Isidia Planitia and north of Hellas basin. This region displays highland terrains partially dissected by fluvial valleys and several intercrater plains. Phyllosilicates are identified by the combination of 1.9 and 2.3 micron features in the OMEGA imaging spectrometer data. They are frequently located on craters ejecta and pieces of outcrops close to the highlands. Olivine and pyroxenes are also identified, and are associated mainly to the intercrater plains when present together. We focus our interest on regions where a single 1.9 micron signature is observed (with small 2.3 micron features observed locally), and where pyroxene is found in the same area. This detection suggests a partial alteration or a spatial mixing with unaltered material as highlighted by the presence of pyroxene signatures at the same location. The geologic study of these areas of interest shows that these hydrous minerals are located at the foothills of highlands, especially in locations where valley networks end in plains. This leads to the conclusion that these hydrous minerals are observed in alluvial plains collecting material from the highlands. This example shows that external cycles of running water are involved in alteration minerals deposition. We currently study these regions in details to know if the alteration was a result of this process during sedimentation (alteration coeval to fluvial activity), or if the alteration occurred earlier in the crust with later erosion and transport into the alluvial plains (without relation with fluvial episodes).

  17. Hydrological and sedimentological variability of the peri-fluvial wetlands of the middle Loire river (France)

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    Gautier, E.; Kunesch, S.; Negrel, P.; Petelet-Giraud, E.

    2003-04-01

    With a catchment basin of 112,120 km^2 and a length of 1012 km, the Loire River is one of the most important fluvial hydrosystems in France. Notwithstanding numerous modifications (dikes, dams, nuclear power plants, gravel extractions), the Loire River hydrology has been saved from a total regularisation. Therefore, the spatial diversity of fluvial landforms creates a patchwork of wetlands: ox-bow lakes, dewatered channels... As one aim of this work was to determine the hydrological and sedimentological processes in the various wetlands, in a context of spatial variability of the fluvial landforms, we used a pluridisciplinarity approach: geomorphology, hydrology, geochemistry. The present study has targeted the functioning between the various hydro-geomorphologic units of the floodplain (main and secondary active channels, abandoned branches and the riverbank [alluvial] and perched aquifers), with regard to the spatial heterogeneity of the different fluxes and the temporal variations of bottom water level, full-bank stage and overflow discharge. In the upper part of the study area, mobile meanders prevail. The meanders migration results in oxbow lakes and the connection between the lakes and the other water reservoirs (e.g. river- and groundwaters) induce a strong lateral variability and a time delayed water input by the river as evidenced by the different geochemical and isotopic signatures. Downstream, the Loire River develops a multiple-channels pattern, of which numerous are abandoned. They are often dewatered along the year, only reconnected to the main channel during the periods of overflow discharges and the influence of the Loire riverwater is progressively substituted by the input of groundwaters (alluvial and perched aquifers). It appears that the submersion duration and the type of connection between the wetlands and the various reservoirs (inlet or outlet connection with the river, connection with the aquifers.) strongly influence the sedimentation rate and granulometric features.

  18. Study on fine geological modelling of the fluvial sandstone reservoir in Daqing oilfield

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    Zhoa Han-Qing

    1997-08-01

    These paper aims at developing a method for fine reservoir description in maturing oilfields by using close spaced well logging data. The main productive reservoirs in Daqing oilfield is a set of large fluvial-deltaic deposits in the Songliao Lake Basin, characterized by multi-layers and serious heterogeneities. Various fluvial channel sandstone reservoirs cover a fairly important proportion of reserves. After a long period of water flooding, most of them have turned into high water cut layers, but there are considerable residual reserves within them, which are difficult to find and tap. Making fine reservoir description and developing sound a geological model is essential for tapping residual oil and enhancing oil recovery. The principal reason for relative lower precision of predicting model developed by using geostatistics is incomplete recognition of complex distribution of fluvial reservoirs and their internal architecture`s. Tasking advantage of limited outcrop data from other regions (suppose no outcrop data available in oilfield) can only provide the knowledge of subtle changing of reservoir parameters and internal architecture. For the specific geometry distribution and internal architecture of subsurface reservoirs (such as in produced regions) can be gained only from continuous infilling logging well data available from studied areas. For developing a geological model, we think the first important thing is to characterize sandbodies geometries and their general architecture`s, which are the framework of models, and then the slight changing of interwell parameters and internal architecture`s, which are the contents and cells of the model. An excellent model should possess both of them, but the geometry is the key to model, because it controls the contents and cells distribution within a model.

  19. Digital stereo photogrammetry for grain-scale monitoring of fluvial surfaces: Error evaluation and workflow optimisation

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    Bertin, Stephane; Friedrich, Heide; Delmas, Patrice; Chan, Edwin; Gimel'farb, Georgy

    2015-03-01

    Grain-scale monitoring of fluvial morphology is important for the evaluation of river system dynamics. Significant progress in remote sensing and computer performance allows rapid high-resolution data acquisition, however, applications in fluvial environments remain challenging. Even in a controlled environment, such as a laboratory, the extensive acquisition workflow is prone to the propagation of errors in digital elevation models (DEMs). This is valid for both of the common surface recording techniques: digital stereo photogrammetry and terrestrial laser scanning (TLS). The optimisation of the acquisition process, an effective way to reduce the occurrence of errors, is generally limited by the use of commercial software. Therefore, the removal of evident blunders during post processing is regarded as standard practice, although this may introduce new errors. This paper presents a detailed evaluation of a digital stereo-photogrammetric workflow developed for fluvial hydraulic applications. The introduced workflow is user-friendly and can be adapted to various close-range measurements: imagery is acquired with two Nikon D5100 cameras and processed using non-proprietary "on-the-job" calibration and dense scanline-based stereo matching algorithms. Novel ground truth evaluation studies were designed to identify the DEM errors, which resulted from a combination of calibration errors, inaccurate image rectifications and stereo-matching errors. To ensure optimum DEM quality, we show that systematic DEM errors must be minimised by ensuring a good distribution of control points throughout the image format during calibration. DEM quality is then largely dependent on the imagery utilised. We evaluated the open access multi-scale Retinex algorithm to facilitate the stereo matching, and quantified its influence on DEM quality. Occlusions, inherent to any roughness element, are still a major limiting factor to DEM accuracy. We show that a careful selection of the camera-to-object and baseline distance reduces errors in occluded areas and that realistic ground truths help to quantify those errors.

  20. Investigation of fluvial landforms in the north-eastern Pannonian Basin, using cartographic materials from the XIX-XXI Centuries

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    Robu, Delia; Niga, Bogdan; Perşoiu, Ioana

    2015-04-01

    The study area is located in the north-eastern Pannonian Basin, and covers approximately 3700 km2. Using cartographic materials for the last 155 years, we analyzed and defined river network and relict fluvial morphologies created by the rivers Tur, Someş, Homorod and Crasna. Database extraction from each set of historical maps was performed by field verification and validation, associated to GIS techniques. Relict fluvial morphologies on the Someş alluvial cone comprise a wide variety of channel typologies and sizes, drainage directions and their consequent typology, which indicates a complex fluvial evolution. The dominant category of relict fluvial morphology is represented by the meander loop. Following the quantitative analysis on the successive sets of maps we identified and delimited meander loops and meandering paths formed prior to the reference year 1860. Generally, the post-1860 relict fluvial morphologies are secondary morphologies, as the keynote is given by those formed previous to the reference moment 1860. An analysis of the share of the relict fluvial morphologies on the three sets of reference cartographic materials (the second Austro-Hungarian topographic survey, Google Earth and orthophotoplans) highlights that most relict fluvial morphologies were identified on the second Austro-Hungarian topographic survey, followed by those identified in Google Earth and orthophotoplans. The map of fluvial morphologies constructed in this study enables a discussion on drainage directions, based on the observation that a series of abandoned meander loops and segments follow clear directions. We applied several quantitative indices in assessing the relict fluvial morphology (radius of curvature, paleochannel width). Consequently, we identified underfit stream sectors with meander loops larger than the modern ones Someş meanders (on the Racta River), uncharacteristic features such as braided riverbed reaches, a high frequency of meander scrolls present on the right bank of Crasna at its entrance in the plain, or the occurrence of wetlands in an area affected by subsidence (the Ecedeea Plain). Despite the ample human intervention in our study area through sewers, dams, meander cuts, the river network evolution trend remained the same between 1860 and 2005, with evolution and formation of meanders, although the change rate has diminished. "ACKNOWLEDGMENT This paper has been financially supported within the project entitled "SOCERT. Knowledge society, dynamism through research", contract number POSDRU/159/1.5/S/132406. This project is co-financed by European Social Fund through Sectoral Operational Programme for Human Resources Development 2007-2013. Investing in people!"

  1. Hydrological and sedimentological regime of lower Vistula fluvial lakes (North Central Poland)

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    Kordowski, Jarosław; Kubiak-Wójcicka, Katarzyna; Tyszkowski, Sebastian; Solarczyk, Adam

    2015-04-01

    Regarding the outflow the Vistula River is the largest river in the Baltic catchment. In its lower course it has developed an anastomosing channel pattern modified strongly by intensive human hydrotechnical activity and by the regulation which have intensified about 200 years ago. Channel regulation apart from already existing lakes have left many new artificially created ones. This activity have also altered the hydrological and sedimentary regime. It turned out that only the small portion of the lakes infilled rapidly but the majority have persisted to present day almost unchanged in spite of regulation. The reason of this resistence to silting is connected with specific interaction of sediment removing during high flood water episodes and strong groundwater circulation in former river arms transformed in present-day lakes. As an example of a lake with an intensive groundwater exchange rate with the main Vistula channel and supposed Quaternary and Tertiary aquifers was selected the Old Vistula lake (Stara Wisła) near Grudziądz town. It has got an area of 50 ha, mean depth 1,73 m, maximum depth 8 m, length about 4 km and medium width about 100 m. In the years 2011-2015 in its surficial water were conducted measures with two weeks frequency which included: temperature, pH, Eh, suspended matter amount, total and carbonaceous mineralization. For comparison similar measurements were also conducted in other fluvial lakes and Vistula tributaries. Hydrological data were supplemented by geological investigations of floodplain sediments cover which has important impact on the rate of groundwater migration and circulation. Investigations carried proved that there exists distinct gradient of carbonaceous mineralization from small values in the Vistula channel to high values at the valley edges. PH and Eh parameters in the Old Vistula lake were different than in all other surveyed sites what leads to conclusion that it is fed by deeper groundwaters than in the case of other fluvial lakes and Vistula tributaries, particularly in low water stand times. This is because it has not continuous flood sediments cover on its floor. The sediments accumulated during the low stands of water are removed from fluvial lakes while high stands by flood waters. Temporarily deposited sediment is also removed due to high groundwater "exchange" rate when the fluvial lake has a sufficient hydrological connectivity to the main Vistula channel. Acknowledgements: This study is a contribution to the Virtual Institute of Integrated Climate and Landscape Evolution (ICLEA) of the Helmholtz Association.

  2. Fluvial filtering of land-to-ocean fluxes: from natural Holocene variations to Anthropocene

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    Meybeck, Michel; Vrsmarty, Charles

    2005-02-01

    The evolution of river systems and their related fluxes is considered at various time scales: ( i) over the last 18 000 years, under climatic variability control, ( ii) over the last 50 to 200 years (Anthropocene) due to direct human impacts. Natural Holocene variations in time and space depend on ( i) land-to-ocean connections (endorheism, glacial cover, exposure of continental shelf); ( ii) types of natural fluvial filters (e.g., wetlands, lakes, floodplains, estuaries). Anthropocene changes concern ( i) land-ocean connection (e.g., partial to total runoff reduction resulting from water management), ( ii) modification and removal of natural filters, ( iii) creation of new filters, particularly irrigated fields and reservoirs, ( iv) acceleration and/or development of material sources from human activities. The total river basin area directly affected by human activities is of the same order of magnitude ( >40 Mkm) as the total area affected over the last 18 000 years. A tentative analysis of 38 major river systems totaling 55 Mkm is proposed for several criteria: ( i) trajectories of Holocene evolution, ( ii) occurrence of natural fluvial filters, ( iii) present-day fluvial filters: most river basins are unique. Riverine fluxes per unit area are characterized by hot spots that exceed the world average by one order of magnitude. At the Anthropocene (i.e., since 1950), many riverine fluxes have globally increased (sodium, chloride, sulfate, nitrogen, phosphorous, heavy metals), others are stable (calcium, bicarbonate, sediments) or likely to decrease (dissolved silica). Future trajectories of river fluxes will depend on the balance between increased sources of material (e.g., soil erosion, pollution, fertilization), water abstraction for irrigation and the modification of fluvial filters, particularly the occurrence of reservoirs that already intercept half of the water and store at least 30% of river sediment fluxes. In some river systems, retention actually exceeds material production and river fluxes are actually decreasing. These trajectories are specific to each river and to each type of river material. Megacities, mining and industrial districts can be considered as hot spots of contaminants fluxes, while major reservoirs are global-scale sinks for all particulates. Global picture should therefore be determined at a fine resolution, since regional differences in Anthropocene evolution of river fluxes may reach one order of magnitude, as illustrated for total nitrogen. To cite this article: M. Meybeck, C. Vrsmarty, C. R. Geoscience 337 (2005).

  3. Late Holocene fluvial activity and correlations with dendrochronology of subfossil trunks: Case studies of northeastern Romania

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    Rădoane, Maria; Nechita, Constantin; Chiriloaei, Francisca; Rădoane, Nicolae; Popa, Ionel; Roibu, Cătălin; Robu, Delia

    2015-06-01

    The main objective of this paper is to describe the late Holocene behaviour of rivers using an interdisciplinary approach combining fluvial geomorphology and subfossil trunk dendrochronology. The subfossil wood material collected along the rivers was investigated for dendrometric and dendrochronologic parameters. The research methods in these fields helped us to understand the effect of the fluvial environment on riparian trees and their records and helped in reconstructing the riparian palaeoenvironment. The study area consists of two rivers with different typologies but comparable sizes: the Moldova River, which features a braided to wandering channel in its lower reach, and the Siret River, which features a sinuous-meandering channel. Along the 100-km-long floodplain of the former and the 144-km-long floodplain of the latter, we found and sampled 77 subfossil trunks, of which 26 were subjected to 14C dating. The resulting data consist of floodplain facies mapping data, electric resistivity measurements, absolute dates, and dendrometric and dendrochronologic data. The results indicate that during a 100-year period, the two rivers were sensitive to climate change and anthropogenic effects, particularly a narrowing of the active channel by 76% in the braided channel and 38% in the sinuous-meandering channel. During the past 3300-3000 YBP, the Moldova River maintained its braided style, whereas the sinuous-meandering style has been characteristic of the Siret River for the previous 6800-4600 YBP. The two distinct fluvial environments are recorded in the dendrometric structure of the trunks buried in the channel-fill sediments. The braided fluvial environment was more effective in uprooting riparian trees and incorporating them in the floodplain deposits, whereas the sinuous-meandering style of stream effectively buried tree trunks in lateral accretion lobes. Absolute and dendrochronologic dating allowed for the reconstruction of timelines of the felling of the trees and estimates of the magnitude of the responsible hydrological event. The flood events on the Siret River with a recurrence interval of 200 years (Qmax ~ 2500-2800 m3/s) were those most effective in destroying riparian forests, and the events on the Moldova floods with a 100-year recurrence interval (Qmax ~ 1200-1400 m3/s) were the most effective. Dendrochronology allowed for identification of wet phases (i.e., 3500-2900 YBP, 2200-2075 YBP, and 1000-800 YBP) and dry phases (e.g., 3200-3150 or 2775-2700 YBP, 1400 YBP). Finally, we draw attention to the potential for creating a highly replicable dendrochronological series spanning at least 7000 YBP.

  4. Quantification of fluvial sediment transport and geomorphic change in a glacier forefield: Gepatschferner, tztaler Alps, Austria

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    Morche, D.; Baewert, H.; Bryk, A.

    2012-12-01

    Glacial retreat has persisted in Alpine catchments since the end of the Little Ice Age (ca. 1850). The unconsolidated sediments (moraines, tills, glaciofluvial deposits, etc.) immediately left behind are highly subject to remobilization and export via mass wasting and fluvial processes. Despite the prevalence of fluvial remobilization in proglacial areas, field site inaccessibility and inadequate measurement techniques have historically disallowed geomorphologists to appropriately quantify sediment transport rates in these regions. The result is that the interaction between sediment fluxes and associated geomorphic processes in proglacial areas remains poorly understood. A new joint research project "High resolution measurements of the morphodynamics in rapidly changing PROglacial Systems of the Alps" (PROSA), centered in the Kaunertal valley, Austria is directed towards an integrated understanding of sediment fluxes in the proglacial setting. The PROSA project specifically focuses on quantification of recent and subrecent sediment transport processes throughout the entire catchment (approx. 65 sqkm) with the ultimate goal of developing a catchment-scale sediment budget.The channel system in the Kaunertal valley is fed continuously with fine sediment by glacial melt water (glacial milk) and intermittently (e.g. during storm events) with coarser sediment via landslides, debris flows, and rock falls from various areas in the catchment. These lateral sediment sources (also subject to fluvial excavation) are numerous and widespread. However, the temporary along-channel sediment sinks (braided alluvial plains, bars, etc.) are relatively discrete - connected only by narrow bedrock reaches. The main goal of this contribution is to investigate the sediment transport dynamics in the Gepatschferner glacier forefield and furthermore to assess the relative influence of coupled sediment sources/sinks on fluvial mass export in the Kaunertal valley. This is accomplished using a combination of Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) data to quantify morphological change in lateral sediment sources/sinks through time, and in-channel water and sediment discharge measurements to constrain local mass-export rates. Total load (solid and solute load) and terrestrial LiDAR data from the 2012 field season are presented herein from several locations along the Fagge River and the Gepatschferner glacier forefield. Future work and the implications for high alpine geomorphic stability are discussed.

  5. The human role in changing fluvial systems: Retrospect, inventory and prospect

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    James, L. Allan; Marcus, W. Andrew

    2006-09-01

    Historical and modern scientific contexts are provided for the 2006 Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium on the Human Role in Changing Fluvial Systems. The 2006 symposium provides a synthesis of research concerned with human impacts on fluvial systems — including hydrologic and geomorphic changes to watersheds — while also commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1955 Man's Role in Changing the Face of the Earth Symposium [Thomas, Jr., W. L. (Ed.), 1956a. Man's Role in Changing the Face of the Earth. Univ. Chicago Press, Chicago. 1193 pp]. This paper examines the 1955 symposium from the perspective of human impacts on rivers, reviews current inquiry on anthropogenic interactions in fluvial systems, and anticipates future directions in this field. Although the 1955 symposium did not have an explicit geomorphic focus, it set the stage for many subsequent anthropogeomorphic studies. The 1955 conference provided guidance to geomorphologists by recommending and practicing interdisciplinary scholarship, through the use of diverse methodologies applied at extensive temporal and geographical scales, and through its insistence on an integrated understanding of human interactions with nature. Since 1956, research on human impacts to fluvial systems has been influenced by fundamental changes in why the research is done, what is studied, how river studies are conducted, and who does the research. Rationales for river research are now driven to a greater degree by institutional needs, environmental regulations, and aquatic restoration. New techniques include a host of dating, spatial imaging, and ground measurement methods that can be coupled with analytical functions and digital models. These new methods have led to a greater understanding of channel change, variations across multiple temporal and spatial scales, and integrated watershed perspectives; all changes that are reflected by the papers in this volume. These new methods also bring a set of technical demands for the training of geomorphologists. The 2006 Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium complements the 1956 symposium by providing a more specific and updated view of river systems coupled with human interactions. The symposium focuses on linkages between human land use, structures, and channel modification with geomorphology, hydrology, and ecology. The emergence of sustainability as a central policy guideline in environmental management should generate greater interest in geomorphic perspectives, especially as they pertain to human activities. The lack of theories of anthropogeomorphic change, however, presents a challenge for the next generation of geomorphologists in this rapidly growing subfield.

  6. Computer programs for computing particle-size statistics of fluvial sediments

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    Stevens, H.H.; Hubbell, D.W.

    1986-01-01

    Two versions of computer programs for inputing data and computing particle-size statistics of fluvial sediments are presented. The FORTRAN 77 language versions are for use on the Prime computer, and the BASIC language versions are for use on microcomputers. The size-statistics program compute Inman, Trask , and Folk statistical parameters from phi values and sizes determined for 10 specified percent-finer values from inputed size and percent-finer data. The program also determines the percentage gravel, sand, silt, and clay, and the Meyer-Peter effective diameter. Documentation and listings for both versions of the programs are included. (Author 's abstract)

  7. Optical age estimates for hyper-arid fluvial deposits at Homeb, Namibia

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    Bourke, M. C.; Child, A.; Stokes, S.

    2003-05-01

    Two 25 m sequences of slack water facies sediments have been dated in the Kuiseb River in Namibia by optical dating of sand-sized quartz grains. The eight samples indicate the sediments were deposited between 6.3 and 9.8 ka. This revises previous age estimates for the Homeb Silts. According to our criteria, six out of eight samples displayed characteristics of partial bleaching. This result was not unexpected as arid fluvial systems have high suspended sediment concentrations, short flow durations and a tendency for flow peaks to occur at night.

  8. New insights from DEM's into form, process and causality in Distributive Fluvial Systems

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    Scuderi, Louis; Weissmann, Gary; Hartley, Adrian; Kindilien, Peter

    2014-05-01

    Recent developments in platforms and sensors, as well as advances in our ability to access these rich data sources in near real time presents geoscientists with both opportunities and problems. We currently record raster and point cloud data about the physical world at unprecedented rates with extremely high spatial and spectral resolution. Yet the ability to extract scientifically useful knowledge from such immense data sets has lagged considerably. The interrelated fields of database creation, data mining and modern geostatistics all focus on such interdisciplinary data analysis problems. In recent years these fields have made great advances in analyzing the complex real-world data such as that captured in Digital Elevation Models (DEM's) and satellite imagery and by LIDAR and other geospatially referenced data sets. However, even considering the vast increase in the use of these data sets in the past decade these methods have enjoyed only a relatively modest penetration into the geosciences when compared to data analysis in other scientific disciplines. In part, a great deal of the current research weakness is due to the lack of a unifying conceptual approach and the failure to appreciate the value of highly structured and synthesized compilations of data, organized in user-friendly formats. We report on the application of these new technologies and database approaches to global scale parameterization of Distributive Fluvial Systems (DFS) within continental sedimentary basins and illustrate the value of well-constructed databases and tool-rich analysis environments for understanding form, process and causality in these systems. We analyzed the characteristics of aggradational fluvial systems in more than 700 modern continental sedimentary basins and the links between DFS within these systems and their contributing drainage basins. Our studies show that in sedimentary basins, distributive fluvial and alluvial systems dominate the depositional environment. Consequently, we have found that studies of modern tributary drainage systems in degradational settings are likely insufficient for understanding the geomorphology expressed within these basins and ultimately for understanding the basin-scale architecture of dominantly distributive fluvial deposits preserved in the rock record.

  9. Progressive changes in the morphology of fluvial terraces and scarps along the Rappahannock River, Virginia.

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    Colman, Steven M.

    1983-01-01

    Progressive geomorphic changes in the flight of fluvial terraces along the Rappahannock River, Virginia, provide a framework for analysing the effect of time on landforms. Indices of terrace preservation, especially drainage densities and area to perimeter ratios, show systematic changes with terrace age. Higher scarps tend to have steeper slopes and, for a given scarp height, older scarps tend to have gentler slopes. Depositional features such as bars and channels with 1-3m of relief are preserved on terraces on the order of 105 yr old.-from Author

  10. Stochastic Modeling of Vegetation Growth, Mortality and Invasion in a Fluvial Floodplain in Interaction with Floods

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    Miyamoto, Hitoshi; Toshimori, Nobuhiko; Kimura, Ryo

    2013-04-01

    Vegetation overgrowth in fluvial floodplains and sand bars has become a serious engineering problem for riparian management in Japan. From both viewpoints of flood control and ecological conservation, it would be necessary to predict the vegetation dynamics accurately for long-term duration. In this research, we have tried to develop a stochastic model for predicting the dynamics of trees in fluvial floodplains with emphasis on the interaction with flood impacts. The model consists of the following four components: (i) long-term stochastic behavior of flow discharge, (ii) hydrodynamics in a channel with floodplain vegetation, (iii) variation of riverbed topography, and (iv) vegetation dynamics on floodplains. In the model, the flood discharge is stochastically simulated using a filtered Poisson process, one of the conventional approaches in hydrological time-series generation. The modeling for vegetation dynamics includes the effects of tree growth, mortality by flood impacts, and infant tree invasion. Vegetation condition has been observed mainly before and after flood impacts since 2008 at a field site located between 23.2-24.0 km from the river mouth in Kako River, Japan. The Kako River has the catchment area of 1,730 km2 and the main channel length of 96 km. This site is one of the vegetation overgrowth locations in the Kako River floodplains, where the predominant tree species are willows and bamboos. In the field survey, the position, trunk diameter and height of each tree as well as the riverbed materials were measured after several flood events to investigate their impacts on the floodplain vegetation community. In this presentation, the three effects in vegetation dynamics, i.e., the tree growth rate, mortality, and infant tree invasion, are refined for improving the model predictability. The growth rate curve proposed here is derived by introducing inhibition effect of larger trees into the conventional Richards growth curve. As for the mortality rate, Gaussian distribution is used to represent randomness of tree damage due to differences of individual tree conditions on fluvial floodplains. The infant tree invasion is modeled by taking both seed propagation and vegetative reproduction into account. The results of the present model for the fluvial floodplain in Kako River confirm the high applicability of the present refinement and its optimal model parameters for predicting current vegetation distributions in the floodplain.

  11. Comparison of knobs on Mars to isolated hills in eolian, fluvial and glacial environments

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    Manent, L. S.; El-Baz, F.

    1986-01-01

    The isolated knobs of Mars, characterized in terms of length, width, geographic location, proximity to streaks, and geologic surroundings through Viking Orbiters' photomosaics, are compared to isolated hills on earth eroded by eolian, fluvia, and glacial processes. Comparison of length-to-width ratios indicates similarity of the knobs to the hills formed in a hyperarid environment. The hills formed on earth by fluvial and glacial processes have length-to-width ratios significantly higher than those of the Martian knobs and have other diagnostic features not associated with the knobs. Moreover, streaks, splotches, dunes, and pitted and fluted rocks, all indicative of an eolian regime, are associated with the Martian knobs.

  12. Unraveling past aeolian and fluvial inputs off NW Africa - a magnetic, sedimentological and geochemical perspective

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    Just, J.; Dekkers, M. J.; Heslop, D.; von Dobeneck, T. F.

    2012-12-01

    The properties of marine terrigenous sediments are widely used for paleo-environmental reconstructions. Here we adopt three sets of proxy parameters to unravel the eolian and fluvial contributions to a sedimentary archive off Gambia (NW Africa) during the past 70 kyrs at 300-500 years resolution. The proxies include: grain-size distributions, major elements, and magnetic properties, more specifically acquisition curves of isothermal remanent magnetization (IRM). Elemental ratios of terrigenous sediments are, similar as the pedogenic magnetic mineral assemblage, sensitive to environmental conditions during weathering. The grain-size distribution of the terrigenous fraction can provide information about the different pathways for terrigenous sediments and transport energy. If the magnetic mineral content in marine sediments is interpreted in terms of changing proportions of eolian and fluvial material, post-depositional processes such as authigenic mineral formation, dissolution, or biomineralization must be considered. Assessing end-member (EM) contributions to the magnetic mineral assemblage constitutes the first step of the present investigation. Dissolution is easily detected by low concentrations of magnetic minerals, two orders of magnitude lower than in unaffected sediment intervals. EM unmixing of the IRM acquisition curves shows that the remaining magnetic assemblage becomes harder, as documented in earlier studies. Bacterial magnetite is often considered a subordinate magnetic mineral phase in continental margin sediments because of dilution by terrigenous material and due to its low potential for preservation in sulfidic environments. Unexpectedly, EM unmixing prompted the importance of bacterial magnetite in our record: it is well-preserved below the present iron redox boundary and carries up to 60% of saturation IRM. Its presence was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. Ignoring potential contributions of bacterial magnetite can lead to erroneous conclusions concerning terrestrial paleoclimatic conditions. In the second stage of the study, EM unmixing was performed on grain-size and element data sets. We compared and cross-validated these single-parameter EM systems and developed a numerical strategy to calculate so-called associated multi-parameter properties of eolian and fluvial EMs. We preprocessed the IRM data by subtracting the IRM curves of the bacterial EM to obtain acquisition curves that solely represent the terrigenous fraction. Peak contributions of the eolian EM appear to faithfully reproduce periods of increased dust export from the continent during Heinrich Stadials. Changing proportions of fine- and coarse-grained fluvial EMs are linked to sea-level variations and precipitation in the hinterland. The integration of the different proxies into a joint multi-proxy EM system leads to a full characterization of environmental conditions and processes affecting the marine terrigenous record from source-to-sink.

  13. Multiple Epochs of Fluvial Denudation in a Changing Climate on Early Mars

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    Irwin, R. P.

    2011-12-01

    Studies of degraded impact craters and valley networks have shown that Mars experienced a severe climate change around the end of the Noachian Period, but the decline in landscape denudation appears to be complex. Prolonged, ubiquitous Noachian crater degradation included smoothing of the crater rims and ejecta, wall backwasting, and infilling. Late Noachian valley networks are also widespread but more limited in many aspects of their development, suggesting relatively short-lived activity or arid conditions by terrestrial standards. Younger fluvial features that appear to have more limited spatial distributions may reflect later clement environments on some parts of the planet. However, distinguishing post-Noachian fluvial erosion is challenging, because it requires slopes such as volcanoes, tectonic scarps, crater rims, or airfall deposits that can be convincingly dated to the Hesperian or later. Moreover, the slope or contributing surface must have been large enough to generate erosive quantities of runoff. Several locations described in the literature meet these conditions. Most large alluvial fans occur in Late Noachian to Hesperian craters within the 15-30° south band. In Margaritifer Terra, recent studies show that large alluvial deposits significantly post-date Late Noachian valley networks. A speculative possible explanation involves seasonal precipitation (snowmelt, rain, or both) that generated more runoff in this latitude band than elsewhere, sometime during the Late Hesperian to Early Amazonian Epochs. Gale crater crosscuts the Early Hesperian crustal dichotomy boundary scarp, but a valley network south of the crater appears to have reactivated sometime after the Gale impact and breached the crater rim. Late Noachian valley networks in Aeolis Mensae are hanging with respect to the boundary scarp but exhibit some later dissection and knickpoint propagation. Late fluvial activity in Valles Marineris and some Tharsis volcanoes has also been described, as has dissection of a deposit in the Electris region. Whether these features represent concurrent activity of global scale or a variety of local short-lived environments is not known. Estimates of the dominant discharge for fluvial channels are not consistent with intense meteorological floods, but perhaps with up to cm/day runoff production from watersheds. In Eberswalde crater, the best-constrained case, meandering inverted channels on the delta surface reflect a dominant discharge of hundreds of cubic meters per second and event runoff production up to 1 cm/day, but annual runoff production of <10 cm/yr was necessary to maintain the lake level. In nearby Holden crater, inverted channels on alluvial fans suggest transport of finer-grained sediment, which does not require intense runoff. These and other sites suggest that any late clement interval on Mars was not necessarily very wet relative to Earth.

  14. Analysis of Fluvial Bed Sediments Along the Apalachicola River, Florida through Field Reconnaissance Studies

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    Passeri, D.; Hagen, S. C.; Daranpob, A.; Smar, D. E.

    2011-12-01

    River competence is an important parameter in understanding sediment transport in fluvial systems. Competence is defined as the measure of a stream's ability to transport a certain maximum grain size of sediment. Studies have shown that bed sediment particle size in rivers and streams tends to vary spatially along the direction of stream flow. Over a river section several reaches long, variability of sediment particle sizes can be seen, often becoming finer downstream. This phenomenon is attributed to mechanisms such as local control of stream gradient, coarse tributary sediment supply or particle breakdown. Average particle size may also be smaller in tributary sections of rivers due to river morphology. The relationship between river mean velocity and particle size that can be transported has also been explored. The Hjulstrom curve classifies this relationship by relating particle size to velocity, dividing the regions of sedimentation, transportation, and erosion. The curve can also be used to find values such as the critical erosion velocity (the velocity required to transport particles of various sizes in suspension) and settling velocity (the velocity at which particles of a given size become too heavy to be transported and fall out of suspension, consequently causing deposition). The purpose of this research is to explore the principles of river competence through field reconnaissance collection and laboratory analysis of fluvial sediment core samples along the Apalachicola River, FL and its distributaries. Sediment core samples were collected in the wetlands and estuarine regions of the Apalachicola River. Sieve and hydrometer analyses were performed to determine the spatial distribution of particle sizes along the river. An existing high resolution hydrodynamic model of the study domain was used to simulate tides and generate river velocities. The Hjulstrom curve and the generated river velocities were used to define whether sediment was being transported, eroded or deposited at the different locations in the river and its distributaries. Parameters such as critical erosion velocity and settling velocity were also calculated to describe sediment transport along the channel. This research provides a better understanding of the fluvial geomorphic system, particularly sediment transport in channels. It also provides excellent validation data for future sediment transport studies in similar fluvial study domains.

  15. Selective deposition response to aeolian-fluvial sediment supply in the desert braided channel of the upper Yellow River, China

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    Wang, H.; Jia, X.; Li, Y.; Peng, W.

    2015-09-01

    Rivers flow across aeolian dunes and develop braided stream channels. Both aeolian and fluvial sediment supplies regulate sediment transport and deposition in such cross-dune braided rivers. Here we show a significant selective deposition in response to both aeolian and fluvial sediment supplies in the Ulan Buh desert braided channel. The Ulan Buh desert is the main coarse sediment source for this desert braided channel, and the mean percentage of the coarser (> 0.08 mm) grains on the aeolian dunes surface is 95.34 %. The lateral selective deposition process is developed by the interaction between the flows and the aeolian-fluvial sediment supplies, causing the coarser sediments (> 0.08 mm) from aeolian sand supply and bank erosion to accumulate in the channel centre and the finer fluvial sediments (< 0.08 mm) to be deposited on the bar and floodplain surfaces, forming a coarser-grained thalweg bed bounded by finer-grained floodplain surfaces. This lateral selective deposition reduces the downstream sediment transport and is a primary reason for the formation of an "above-ground" river in the braided reach of the upper Yellow River in response to aeolian and fluvial sediment supplies.

  16. Fluvial and glacial implications of tephra localities in the western Wind River basin, Wyoming, U. S. A

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    Jaworowski, C. . Dept. of Geology)

    1993-04-01

    Examination of Quaternary fluvial and glacial deposits in the western Wind River Basin allows a new understanding of the Quaternary Wind River fluvial system. Interbedded fluvial sediments and volcanic ashes provide important temporal information for correlation of Quaternary deposits. In the western Wind River Basin, six mid-Pleistocene localities of tephra, the Muddy Creek, Red Creek, Lander, Kinnear, Morton and Yellow Calf ashes are known. Geochronologic studies confirm the Muddy Creek, Red Creek, Kinnear and Lander ashes as the 620--650ka Lava Creek tephra from the Yellowstone region in northwestern Wyoming. The stratigraphic position and index of refraction of volcanic glass from the Morton and Yellow Calf ashes are consistent with identification as Lava Creek tephra. Approximately 350 feet (106 meters) above the Wind River and 13 miles downstream from Bull Lake, interbedded Wind River fluvial gravels, volcanic glass and pumice at the Morton locality correlate to late (upper) Sacajawea Ridge gravels mapped by Richmond and Murphy. Associated with the oxygen isotope 16--15 boundary, the ash-bearing terrace deposits reveal the nature of the Wind River fluvial system during late glacial-early interglacial times. The Lander and Yellow Calf ashes, are found in terrace deposits along tributaries of the Wind River. Differences in timing and rates of incision between the Wind River and its tributary, the Little Wind River, results in complex terrace development near their junction.

  17. Utilization of ancient permafrost carbon in headwaters of Arctic fluvial networks.

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    Mann, Paul J; Eglinton, Timothy I; McIntyre, Cameron P; Zimov, Nikita; Davydova, Anna; Vonk, Jorien E; Holmes, Robert M; Spencer, Robert G M

    2015-01-01

    Northern high-latitude rivers are major conduits of carbon from land to coastal seas and the Arctic Ocean. Arctic warming is promoting terrestrial permafrost thaw and shifting hydrologic flowpaths, leading to fluvial mobilization of ancient carbon stores. Here we describe (14)C and (13)C characteristics of dissolved organic carbon from fluvial networks across the Kolyma River Basin (Siberia), and isotopic changes during bioincubation experiments. Microbial communities utilized ancient carbon (11,300 to >50,000 (14)C years) in permafrost thaw waters and millennial-aged carbon (up to 10,000 (14)C years) across headwater streams. Microbial demand was supported by progressively younger ((14)C-enriched) carbon downstream through the network, with predominantly modern carbon pools subsidizing microorganisms in large rivers and main-stem waters. Permafrost acts as a significant and preferentially degradable source of bioavailable carbon in Arctic freshwaters, which is likely to increase as permafrost thaw intensifies causing positive climate feedbacks in response to on-going climate change. PMID:26206473

  18. Influence of small-scale fluvial architecture on CO2 trapping processes in deep brine reservoirs

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    Gershenzon, Naum I.; Ritzi, Robert W.; Dominic, David F.; Soltanian, Mohamadreza; Mehnert, Edward; Okwen, Roland T.

    2015-10-01

    A number of important candidate CO2 reservoirs exhibit sedimentary architecture reflecting fluvial deposition. Recent studies have led to new conceptual and quantitative models for sedimentary architecture in fluvial deposits over a range of scales that are relevant to CO2 injection and storage. We used a geocellular modeling approach to represent this multiscaled and hierarchical sedimentary architecture. With this model, we investigated the dynamics of CO2 plumes, during and after injection, in such reservoirs. The physical mechanism of CO2 trapping by capillary trapping incorporates a number of related processes, i.e., residual trapping, trapping due to hysteresis of the relative permeability, and trapping due to hysteresis of the capillary pressure. Additionally, CO2 may be trapped due to differences in capillary entry pressure for different textural sedimentary facies (e.g., coarser-grained versus finer-grained cross sets). The amount of CO2 trapped by these processes depends upon a complex system of nonlinear and hysteretic characteristic relationships including how relative permeability and capillary pressure vary with brine and CO2 saturation. The results strongly suggest that representing small-scale features (decimeter to meter), including their organization within a hierarchy of larger-scale features, and representing their differences in characteristic relationships can all be critical to understanding trapping processes in some important candidate CO2 reservoirs.

  19. Preparing for uncertainty: toward managing fluvial geomorphic assessment of Massachusetts rivers

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    Hatch, C. E.; Mabee, S. B.; Slovin, N. B.; Vogel, E.

    2014-12-01

    Climate scientists predict (and have already observed) that in the Northeastern U.S., individual storms may be more intense, and that there will be more precipitation on an annual basis. In steep post-glacial terrain, erosion caused by floodwaters is the largest destructive force during high-intensity storm events, and the force most likely to drive major morphological changes to riverbanks and channels. What remains uncertain is which watersheds or river reaches may be subjected to increased damage from more intense storms. This presents a challenge for scientific outreach and management. Many New England states have developed systems for delineating the potentially geomorphically active zones adjacent to rivers, and Vermont has an excellent assessment and land use management system informed by process-based fluvial geomorphologic science. To date, however, Massachusetts has neither. In this project we survey existing protocols for accurately predicting locations of fluvial erosion hazard, including using LiDAR and DEM models to extract basic morphologic metrics. Particularly in states or landscapes with high river density, and during a time of tight fiscal constraints, managers need automated methods that require a minimum of expert input. We test these methods in the Deerfield river watershed in Massachusetts and Vermont, and integrate our knowledge with that of the basin's agricultural and floodplain stakeholders. The results will inform development of a comprehensive river assessment and land use management system for the state of Massachusetts.

  20. Episodic ocean-induced CO2 greenhouse on Mars: implications for fluvial valley formation.

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    Gulick, V C; Tyler, D; McKay, C P; Haberle, R M

    1997-11-01

    Pulses of CO2 injected into the martian atmosphere more recently than 4 Ga can place the atmosphere into a stable, higher pressure, warmer greenhouse state. One to two bar pulses of CO2 added to the atmosphere during the past several billion years are sufficient to raise global mean temperatures above 240 or 250 K for tens to hundreds of millions of years, even when accounting for CO2 condensation. Over time, the added CO2 is lost to carbonates, the atmosphere collapses and returns to its buffered state. A substantial amount of water could be transported during the greenhouse periods from the surface of a frozen body of water created by outflow channel discharges to higher elevations, despite global temperatures well below freezing. This water, precipitated as snow, could ultimately form fluvial valleys if deposition sites are associated with localized heat sources, such as magmatic intrusions or volcanoes. Thus, if outflow channel discharges were accompanied by the release of sufficient quantities of CO2, a limited hydrological cycle could have resulted that would have been capable of producing geomorphic change sufficient for fluvial erosion and valley formation. Glacial or periglacial landforms would also be a consequence of such a mechanism. PMID:11541758

  1. Episodic Ocean-Induced CO2 Greenhouse on Mars: Implications for Fluvial Valley Formation

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    Gulick, V. C.; Tyler, D.; McKay, C. P.; Haberle, R. M.

    1997-01-01

    Pulses of CO2 injected into the martian atmosphere more recently than 4 Ga can place the atmosphere into a stable, higher pressure, warmer greenhouse state. One to two bar pulses of CO2 added to the atmosphere during the past several billion years are sufficient to raise global mean temperatures above 240 or 250 K for tens to hundreds of millions of years, even when accounting for CO2 condensation. Over time, the added CO2 is lost to carbonates, the atmosphere collapses and returns to its buffered state. A substantial amount of water could be transported during the greenhouse periods from the surface of a frozen body of water created by outflow channel discharges to higher elevations, despite global temperatures well below freezing. This water, precipitated as snow, could ultimately form fluvial valleys if deposition sites are associated with localized heat sources, such as magmatic intrusions or volcanoes. Thus, if outflow channel discharges were accompanied by the release of sufficient quantities of CO2, a limited hydrological cycle could have resulted that would have been capable of producing geomorphic change sufficient for fluvial erosion and valley formation. Glacial or periglacial landforms would also be a consequence of such a mechanism.

  2. Sedimentological characterization of braided and meandering fluvial reservoirs: Prediction of size and heterogeneity

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    Davies, D.K. ); Vargas, J. )

    1993-02-01

    Fluvial reservoirs host significant volumes of hydrocarbons. They comprise a significant reserve base in areas and formations as diverse as the San Jorge Basin, Argentina, the Lagunillas Formation, Venezuela, and Cano Limon Field, Colombia. Effective development and reservoir management required detailed sedimentological characterization because fluvial reservoirs, irrespective of age and geographic location, are characterized by considerable variability in geometry and internal heterogeneity. This paper presents models of braided and meandering reservoirs in selected Tertiary and Cretaceous fields of South and North America, based on sedimentological characterization using conventional cores and wireline logs. Fieldwide (macro-scale) and inter-well (meso-scale) heterogeneity is determined through detailed evaluation of facies distribution, particularly the distribution and maturity of paleosol horizons (e.g. calcretes). Within a given reservoir, micro-scale variations in porosity, permeability and saturation are fundamentally related to depositional environment. Effective permeability to hydrocarbons varies with environment and bedding style. The size of meandering and braided channel reservoirs is predicted using empirical geological equations. Predicted dimensions are compared with the independent results of reservoir simulation analysis for the same sand bodies. Engineering and sedimentological predictions of reservoir size and heterogeneity are similar, particularly in reservoirs where median permeability to hydrocarbons is > 1 md. The size and heterogeneity of productive channel reservoirs can be predicted at an early stage in field development is channel style and channel depth are known. Determination of these two fundamental parameters required sedimentological characterization at the macro-, meso-, and micro-scale using wireline logs and cores.

  3. Depositional controls on tidally influenced fluvial successions, Neslen Formation, Utah, USA

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    Shiers, M. N.; Mountney, N. P.; Hodgson, D. M.; Cobain, S. L.

    2014-08-01

    The stratigraphic architecture of marginal marine successions records the interplay of autogenic and allogenic processes, and discerning their relative role in governing the morphology of the palaeoenvironment and the architecture of the preserved sedimentary succession is not straightforward. The Campanian Neslen Formation, Mesaverde Group, Utah, is a tidally influenced fluvial succession sourced from the Sevier Orogen, which prograded eastwards into the Western Interior Seaway. Detailed mapping in three dimensions of architectural relationships between sandstone bodies has enabled documentation of lateral and vertical changes in the style of channel-body stacking and analysis of the distribution of sedimentary evidence for tidal influence. Upwards, through the succession, sandstone channel bodies become larger and more amalgamated. Laterally, the dominant style of channel bodies changes such that ribbon channel-fills are restricted to the east of the study area whereas lateral accretion deposits dominate to the west. Combined allogenic and autogenic controls gave rise to the observed stratigraphy. A temporal decrease in the rate of accommodation generation resulted in an upward increase in amalgamation of sand-bodies. Autogenic processes likely played a significant role in moderating the preserved succession: up-succession changes in the style of stacking of channelized bodies could have arisen either from progradation of a distributive fluvial system or from an upstream nodal avulsion of a major trunk channel; accumulation of tide influenced, wave dominated units likely record episodes of delta-lobe abandonment, subsidence and submergence to allow accumulation of near shore sand bars with associated washover complexes.

  4. An inventory of published and unpublished fluvial-sediment data for California, 1956-70

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    Porterfield, George

    1972-01-01

    This inventory was prepared to provide a convenient reference to published and unpublished fluvial-sediment data for water years 1956-70, and updates substantially previous inventories. Sediment stations are listed in downstream order, and an alphabetical list of stations is also included. Figure 1 shows the approximate location of sediment stations in California. Most of the fluvial-sediment data in California were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey, under cooperative agreements with the following Federal, State, and local agencies: California Department of Water Resources, California Department of Navigation and Ocean Development, California Department of Fish and Game, Bolinas Harbor District, Monterey County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Orange County Flood Control District, Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, San Diego County Department of Sanitation and Flood Control, San Luis Obispo County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County Flood Control and Water District, Santa Cruz County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Santa Cruz, city of, University of California, Ventura County Flood Control District, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. This report was prepared by the Geological Survey under the general supervision of R. Stanley Lord, district chief in charge of water-resources investigations in California.

  5. Fluvial architecture of dinosaur bonebeds in the Cretaceous Judith River Formation, south-central Montana

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    Wilson, K.M. ); Dodson, P. ); Fiorillo, A.R. )

    1991-03-01

    Fluvial architecture of dinosaur bonebeds in the Cretaceous Judith River Formation, south-central Montana, has been the subject of intensive paleontological study for many years. However, little has been published on the sedimentology of the formation in this area. The authors have completed a preliminary field study of fluvial facies, with a view towards correcting this omission. Initial results include detailed facies descriptions and maps for five quarries along a line of transect stretching some 40 km parallel to depositional dip. Facies identified are predominantly overbank splays and levees, with common point bar/alluvial channel units and occasional small, possibly estuarine sand bodies in parts of the section. Shell beds (mainly oysters) and bedded, 1 m thick coals are also significant in some sections. Preliminary attempts at paleohydrology suggest river channels in some parts of the section were about 100 m wide and 2 m deep; however, other parts of the section exhibit much larger channel widths. Channel stacking is common. Preliminary results suggest a strong correlation between the occurrence of reddish brown carbonaceous silty shales, and dinosaur bone deposits.

  6. Fluvial and Lacustrine Processes in Meridiani Planum and the Origin of the Hematite by Aqueous Alteration

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    Newsom, H. E.; Barber, C. A.; Schelble, R. T.; Hare, T. M.; Feldman, W. C.; Sutherland, V.; Livingston, A.; Lewis, K.

    2003-01-01

    The prime MER landing site in Meridiani Planum is located on layered materials, including hematite, whose origin as lacustrine or aeolian sediments, or volcanic materials is uncertain. Our detailed mapping of the region provides important constraints on the history of the region. Our mapping of the location of fluvial and lacustrine land forms in the region relative to the layered deposits provides new evidence of a long history of erosion and deposition as has long been noted . In addition, our detailed mapping of the southern boundary of the hematite deposit strongly supports an association between longlived fluvial channels and lacustrine basins and the strongest hematite signatures. This evidence supports an origin of the hematite deposits by interaction with water under ambient conditions in contrast to suggestions of hydrothermal processes due to volcanic or impact crater processes. An important part of the story is the evidence for the localization of the layered deposits due to topographic control induce by the presence of a large early basin we have identified that extends to the north-east of the landing site. Distribution of current channel networks, drainages,

  7. Dating Fluvial Floodplains and Quantifying Channel Migration Rates Using Short-Lived Radioisotopes

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    Black, E. E.; Renshaw, C. E.; Kaste, J. M.; Magilligan, F. J.; Dade, W. B.

    2007-12-01

    A variety of methods, including dendrochronolgy and aerial photography, have been used previously to quantify fluvial channel geometry changes and lateral migration rates on time scales of tens to hundreds of years. However, no universally satisfactory technique has emerged due to various limitations of each method. We explore the novel technique of using short-lived radionuclides to date fluvial surfaces with the goal of determining lateral migration rates. In particular, we use 210Pb (t(1/2) ~ 22.3 years) in floodplain sediment to determine the lateral migration rates of regulated reaches on the Genesee River, NY, and unregulated reaches on the Winooski River, VT and the upper Connecticut River, NH. Surface ages and lateral migration rates are compared to those determined using historical aerial photography. Preliminary analyses of sediment cores are consistent with the general trend of surface ages recorded in the aerial photography, but the absolute ages of the surfaces indicate that inheritance of 210Pb within the deposited sediment affects the surface ages. Furthermore, the temporal resolution of the method is much greater in areas with rapid migration over the past 50 years than in those areas with similarly rapid migration occurring in years prior to 1960.

  8. Hydraulics are a first-order control on CO2 efflux from fluvial systems

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    Long, Hazel; Vihermaa, Leena; Waldron, Susan; Hoey, Trevor; Quemin, Simon; Newton, Jason

    2015-10-01

    Evasion of carbon dioxide (CO2) from fluvial systems is now recognized as a significant component of the global carbon cycle. However, the magnitude of, and controls on, this flux remains uncertain, and improved understanding of both is required to refine global estimates of fluvial CO2 efflux. CO2 efflux data show no pattern with latitude suggesting that catchment biological productivity is not a primary control and that an alternative explanation for intersite variability is required. It has been suggested that increased flow velocity and turbulence enhance CO2 efflux, but this is not confirmed. Here using contemporaneous measurements of efflux (range: 0.07-107 mol CO2 m-2 s-1), flow hydraulics (mean velocity range: 0.03-1.39 m s-1), and pCO2 (range: 174-10712 atm) at six sites, we find that flow intensity is a primary control on efflux across two climatically different locations (where pH is not a limiting factor) and that the relationship is refined by incorporating the partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) of the water. A remaining challenge is how to upscale from point to reach or river basin level. Remote imaging or river surface may be worth exploring if subjectivity in interpreting surface state can be overcome.

  9. Utilization of ancient permafrost carbon in headwaters of Arctic fluvial networks

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    Mann, Paul J.; Eglinton, Timothy I.; McIntyre, Cameron P.; Zimov, Nikita; Davydova, Anna; Vonk, Jorien E.; Holmes, Robert M.; Spencer, Robert G. M.

    2015-07-01

    Northern high-latitude rivers are major conduits of carbon from land to coastal seas and the Arctic Ocean. Arctic warming is promoting terrestrial permafrost thaw and shifting hydrologic flowpaths, leading to fluvial mobilization of ancient carbon stores. Here we describe 14C and 13C characteristics of dissolved organic carbon from fluvial networks across the Kolyma River Basin (Siberia), and isotopic changes during bioincubation experiments. Microbial communities utilized ancient carbon (11,300 to >50,000 14C years) in permafrost thaw waters and millennial-aged carbon (up to 10,000 14C years) across headwater streams. Microbial demand was supported by progressively younger (14C-enriched) carbon downstream through the network, with predominantly modern carbon pools subsidizing microorganisms in large rivers and main-stem waters. Permafrost acts as a significant and preferentially degradable source of bioavailable carbon in Arctic freshwaters, which is likely to increase as permafrost thaw intensifies causing positive climate feedbacks in response to on-going climate change.

  10. Utilization of ancient permafrost carbon in headwaters of Arctic fluvial networks

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    Mann, Paul J.; Eglinton, Timothy I.; McIntyre, Cameron P.; Zimov, Nikita; Davydova, Anna; Vonk, Jorien E.; Holmes, Robert M.; Spencer, Robert G. M.

    2015-01-01

    Northern high-latitude rivers are major conduits of carbon from land to coastal seas and the Arctic Ocean. Arctic warming is promoting terrestrial permafrost thaw and shifting hydrologic flowpaths, leading to fluvial mobilization of ancient carbon stores. Here we describe 14C and 13C characteristics of dissolved organic carbon from fluvial networks across the Kolyma River Basin (Siberia), and isotopic changes during bioincubation experiments. Microbial communities utilized ancient carbon (11,300 to >50,000 14C years) in permafrost thaw waters and millennial-aged carbon (up to 10,000 14C years) across headwater streams. Microbial demand was supported by progressively younger (14C-enriched) carbon downstream through the network, with predominantly modern carbon pools subsidizing microorganisms in large rivers and main-stem waters. Permafrost acts as a significant and preferentially degradable source of bioavailable carbon in Arctic freshwaters, which is likely to increase as permafrost thaw intensifies causing positive climate feedbacks in response to on-going climate change. PMID:26206473

  11. Automatic procedures for river reach delineation: Univariate and multivariate approaches in a fluvial context

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    Martínez-Fernández, V.; Solana-Gutiérrez, J.; González del Tánago, M.; García de Jalón, D.

    2016-01-01

    Segmenting the continuum of rivers into homogeneous reaches is an important issue in river research and management. Automatic procedures provide significance, objectivity, and repeatability. Although univariate techniques are frequently used to identify river reaches, multivariate approaches offer a more integrative context. Three nonparametric methods (multi-response permutation procedures (MRPP) with an advance in the significance level estimation, the Pettitt and Mann-Kendall tests) are applied for segmenting the river based on three geomorphic variables (valley width, active channel width, and channel slope) systematically measured in a GIS environment. The cited techniques have been applied to the Curueño River (NW Spain) to illustrate the methods, we analyse reach distribution along the river longitudinal profile. The methods successfully characterize the evident transitions along fluvial systems and also others less noticeable. The three methods provide more reaches according to valley width and less reaches according to channel slope (18.0 and 3.7 reaches on average, respectively). In contrast to the Mann-Kendall test, MRPP and Pettitt tests provide more stable segmentations when significance level varies. However, the Pettitt test provides irregular segmentations for regular patterns. The MRPP both univariate and multivariate applications enables a wider scope for the segmentation issue, which is useful in diverse aspects of fluvial domain.

  12. Archaeological horizons and fluvial processes at the Lower Paleolithic open-air site of Revadim (Israel).

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    Marder, Ofer; Malinsky-Buller, Ariel; Shahack-Gross, Ruth; Ackermann, Oren; Ayalon, Avner; Bar-Matthews, Miryam; Goldsmith, Yonaton; Inbar, Moshe; Rabinovich, Rivka; Hovers, Erella

    2011-04-01

    In this paper we present new data pertaining to the paleo-landscape characteristics at the Acheulian site of Revadim, on the southern coastal plain of Israel. Sedimentological, isotopic, granulometric and micromorphological studies showed that the archaeological remains accumulated in an active fluvial environment where channel action, overbank flooding and episodic inundation occurred. Measurements of total organic matter and its carbon isotopic composition indicate that the hominin activity at the site started at a period of relatively drier conditions, which coincided with erosion of the preceding soil sequence. This process led to the formation of a gently-undulating topography, as reconstructed by a GIS model. Later deposition documents relatively wetter conditions, as indicated by carbon isotopic composition. Formation processes identified at the site include fluvial processes, inundation episodes that resulted in anaerobic conditions and formation of oxide nodules, as well as small-scale bioturbation and later infiltration of carbonate-rich solutions that resulted in the formation of calcite nodules and crusts. The combination of micro-habitats created favorable conditions that repeatedly drew hominins to the area, as seen by a series of super-imposed archaeological horizons. This study shows that site-specific paleo-landscape reconstructions should play an important role in understanding regional variation among hominin occupations and in extrapolating long-term behavioral patterns during the Middle Pleistocene. PMID:20304463

  13. Floodplain forest succession reveals fluvial processes: A hydrogeomorphic model for temperate riparian woodlands.

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    Egger, Gregory; Politti, Emilio; Lautsch, Erwin; Benjankar, Rohan; Gill, Karen M; Rood, Stewart B

    2015-09-15

    River valley floodplains are physically-dynamic environments where fluvial processes determine habitat gradients for riparian vegetation. These zones support trees and shrubs whose life stages are adapted to specific habitat types and consequently forest composition and successional stage reflect the underlying hydrogeomorphic processes and history. In this study we investigated woodland vegetation composition, successional stage and habitat properties, and compared these with physically-based indicators of hydraulic processes. We thus sought to develop a hydrogeomorphic model to evaluate riparian woodland condition based on the spatial mosaic of successional phases of the floodplain forest. The study investigated free-flowing and dam-impacted reaches of the Kootenai and Flathead Rivers, in Idaho and Montana, USA and British Columbia, Canada. The analyses revealed strong correspondence between vegetation assessments and metrics of fluvial processes indicating morphodynamics (erosion and shear stress), inundation and depth to groundwater. The results indicated that common successional stages generally occupied similar hydraulic environments along the different river segments. Comparison of the spatial patterns between the free-flowing and regulated reaches revealed greater deviation from the natural condition for the braided channel segment than for the meandering segment. This demonstrates the utility of the hydrogeomorphic approach and suggests that riparian woodlands along braided channels could have lower resilience than those along meandering channels and might be more vulnerable to influences such as from river damming or climate change. PMID:26160662

  14. Magmatic Intrusions and a Hydrothermal Origin for Fluvial Valleys on Mars

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    Gulick, Virginia C

    1998-01-01

    Numerical models of Martian hydrothermal systems demonstrate that systems associated with magmatic intrusions greater than several hundred cubic kilometers can provide sufficient groundwater outflow to form the observed fluvial valleys, if subsurface permeability exceeds about 1.0 darcy. Groundwater outflow increases with increasing intrusion volume and subsurface permeability and is relatively insensitive to intrusion depth and subsurface porosity within the range considered here. Hydrothermally-derived fluids can melt through 1 to 2 km thick ice-rich permafrost layers in several thousand years. Hydrothermal systems thus provide a viable alternative to rainfall for providing surface water for valley formation. This mechanism can form fluvial valleys not only during the postulated early warm, wet climatic epoch, but also during more recent epochs when atmospheric conditions did not favor atmospheric cycling of water. The clustered distribution of the valley networks on a given geologic surface or terrain unit of Mars may also be more compatible with localized, hydrothermally-driven groundwater outflow than regional rainfall. Hydrothermal centers on Mars may have provided appropriate environments for the initiation of life or final oases for the long-term persistence of life.

  15. A Method for Applying Fluvial Geomorphology in Support of Catchment-Scale River Restoration Planning

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    Sear, D.; Newson, M.; Hill, C.; Branson, J.; Old, J.

    2005-12-01

    Fluvial geomorphology is increasingly used by those responsible for conserving river ecosystems; survey techniques are used to derive conceptual models of the processes and forms that characterise particular systems and locations, with a view to making statements of `condition' or `status' and providing fundamental strategies for rehabilitation/restoration. However, there are important scale-related problems in developing catchments scale restoration plans that inevitably are implemented on a reach- by-reach basis. This paper reports on a watershed scale methodology for setting geomorphological and physical habitat reference conditions based on a science-based conceptual model of cachment:channel function. Using a case study from the River Nar, a gravel-bed groundwater dominated river in the UK with important conservation status, the paper describes the sequences of the methodology; from analysis of available evidence, process of field data capture and development of a conceptual model of catchment-wide fluvial dynamics. Reference conditions were derived from the conceptual model and gathered from the literature for the two main river types found on the river Nar, and compared with the current situation in 76 sub-reaches from source to mouth. Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) was used to score the extent of channel departures from `natural' and to suggest the basis for a progressive restoration strategy for the whole river system. MCA is shown to be a flexible method for setting and communicating decisions that are amenable to stakeholder and public consultation.

  16. Hydrological and sedimentary controls over fluvial thermal erosion, the Lena River, central Yakutia

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    Tananaev, Nikita I.

    2016-01-01

    Water regime and sedimentary features of the middle Lena River reach near Yakutsk, central Yakutia, were studied to assess their control over fluvial thermal erosion. The Lena River floodplain in the studied reach has complex structure and embodies multiple levels varying in height and origin. Two key sites, corresponding to high and medium floodplain levels, were surveyed in 2008 to describe major sedimentary units and properties of bank material. Three units are present in both profiles, corresponding to topsoil, overbank (cohesive), and channel fill (noncohesive) deposits. Thermoerosional activity is mostly confined to a basal layer of frozen channel fill deposits and in general occurs within a certain water level interval. Magnitude-frequency analysis of water level data from Tabaga gauging station shows that a single interval can be deemed responsible for the initiation of thermal action and development of thermoerosional notches. This interval corresponds to the discharges between 21,000 and 31,000 m3 s- 1, observed normally during spring meltwater peak and summer floods. Competence of fluvial thermal erosion depends on the height of floodplain level being eroded, as it acts preferentially in high floodplain banks. In medium floodplain banks, thermal erosion during spring flood is constrained by insufficient bank height, and erosion is essentially mechanical during summer flood season. Bank retreat rate is argued to be positively linked with bank height under periglacial conditions.

  17. Lakota Formation, southern Black Hills, South Dakota: an Early Cretaceous evolving fluvial system

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    Dahlstrom D.J.; Fox, J.E.

    1986-08-01

    The fluvial, Early Cretaceous Lakota Formation consists of four spatially and temporally distinct sandstone units in the southern Black Hills and southeastern Powder River basin. Three of these units crop out in proximity to an area of uranium roll-front development (Edgemont mining district) where approximately 2300 wells were drilled and logged. Comparison of the resistivity logs of several of these wells with continuous cores of the Lakota Formation confirms their lithologic sensitivity. These logs (utilized to assist in subsurface facies interpretations where cores were not available), cores, and outcrops are the basis for the following facies interpretations. The discharge, sediment load, and resulting sinuosity of this fluvial system varied substantially throughout the time of Lakota deposition. The oldest unit consists of tabular deposits with complex internal architecture comprised of cross-cutting lateral accretion deposits. Upward-fining grain size, upward-decreasing scale of sedimentary structures, and the angular relationship between lateral accretion surfaces and overlying crevasse-splay deposits support this conclusion. The intermediate unit of ephemeral stream sediments is characterized by abundant pebble- and cobble-strewn erosional surfaces with up to 1.5 m relief, very poor clast sorting, and trough and planar cross-bedding with concave-upward foresets. The youngest unit has a predominance of tabular cross-bedding with back flow climbing ripples and low dispersion of paleocurrent directions, suggesting a relatively straight, bed-load-type channel dominated by trains of sand waves.

  18. Tertiary fluvial systems within the Bear Creek coal field, northern Big Horn basin, Montana

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    Weaver, J.N. ); Gruber, J.R. Jr. )

    1991-06-01

    The Bear Creek coal field contains the 250-m-thick coal-bearing Paludal Member of the Paleocene Fort Union Formation in the northern Big Horn Basin, Montana. Detailed field and subsurface data show two contrasting geometries in alluvial strata, each bounded by an economic coal bed. The lower 50 m of the Paludal Member is dominated by sheet and ribbon sandstones. The sheet sandstones are as long as 1.5 km and fine upwards from medium to fine grained. Some sandstones are multistory with sharp upoper and lower contacts. The upper portion has convolute bedding, ripple lamination, and some horizontal and tabular crossbeds. Stratigraphically higher is a 12-m-thick fine-grained sequence, containing large tree trunks in growth position and extensively rooted mud rocks. Sandstone bodies, 6 m thick and 10 m wide, are enclosed within mudstones and siltstones. The sandstones are primarily ripple laminated and have stepped bases and internal erosion surfaces. This interval has previously been interpreted as deposits of an anastomosed fluvial system. The sandstones show little evidence of significant lateral migration. In contrast to the lower interval, the environment here consisted of well-developed vegetated islands separating fluvial channels. Subsurface data show that the major coal beds are laterally continuous within the study area. The cyclic development of the coals reflects intermittent periods of long-term basin stability. Alternating dominance of the sandstones suggests that influx and distribution were controlled through episodic uplift of the nearby Beartooth Mountains.

  19. Numerical modeling of Martian gully sediment transport: Testing the fluvial hypothesis (Invited)

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    Parsons, R.; Nimmo, F.

    2009-12-01

    Using a stereo pair of HiRISE images of a pole-facing crater slope at 38S, 218E, we measure relative elevation changes between manually-selected points to generate topographic profiles along 9 gullies. Based on the topography measurements, the gully alcove accounts for a volume of 6 x105 m3 of eroded material and typical slopes of the interior channel region (above the depositional apron) is ~20. Using these observations, we focus on the hypothesis that sediment transport on gully slopes occurs via fluvial transport processes in order to determine if it is consistent with the expected timescales and water volumes available for gully formation. To test this hypothesis, we develop a numerical sediment transport model based on steep slope flume experiments performed by Smart [1984]. These "low flow," steep slope conditions make Smart's sediment transport predictor the most relevant to Martian gullies. The finite difference numerical model we employ calculates sediment discharge rate along a gully channel of specified width, depth, and sediment grainsize. We crudely account for three dimensional effects of sediment infilling from valley sides and fan-shaped deposition. Our results suggest that fluvial sediment transport on the ~20 gully slopes is rapid. One of our simulation results is shown in the figure below. Based on our simulations, channels 1 m deep by 8 m wide and 0.1 m deep by 3 m wide transport a sediment volume of 6 x105 m3 in 10 h and 40 d, respectively, under constant flow conditions and require a total water volume of 106 m3 and 0.5x106 m3, respectively. These results suggest a sediment:water volume ratio of roughly 35 - 50% by volume. If these volumes of water are discharged as groundwater, the required aquifer thicknesses and aquifer drawdown lengths would be unrealistically large for a single discharge event. Alternatively, the water volume required by the fluvial transport model could be discharged in 15-30 episodes for an aquifer 10 m thick. Snowpack melting at a rate of 2 mm per Martian yr cannot produce the water discharge rates necessary for fluvial sediment transport unless the water is somehow stored below an ice-rich mantle and then released periodically as suggested by Christensen [2003]. As an alternative to fluvial processes, slope failure and/or wet debris flows may be the dominant processes eroding gully alcoves and depositing sediment on distal fans. a) Perspective view of a sediment transport simulation lasting 14 h under constant flow conditions for a channel 1 m deep by 8 m wide with a sediment grainsize of 10 cm. 6.2x105 m3 of sediment was transported over the course of this simulation. Topographic, slope, and change in elevation profiles are shown every 5000 s (one tenth of total simulation time) in parts b, c, and d, respectively. A visual comparison between the simulation and an observed gully at the same scale is shown in the inset.

  20. Fluvial-aeolian interactions in sediment routing and sedimentary signal buffering: an example from the Indus Basin and Thar Desert

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    East, Amy E.; Clift, Peter D.; Carter, Andrew; Alizai, Anwar; VanLaningham, Sam

    2015-01-01

    Sediment production and its subsequent preservation in the marine stratigraphic record offshore of large rivers are linked by complex sediment-transfer systems. To interpret the stratigraphic record it is critical to understand how environmental signals transfer from sedimentary source regions to depositional sinks, and in particular to understand the role of buffering in obscuring climatic or tectonic signals. In dryland regions, signal buffering can include sediment cycling through linked fluvial and eolian systems. We investigate sediment-routing connectivity between the Indus River and the Thar Desert, where fluvial and eolian systems exchanged sediment over large spatial scales (hundreds of kilometers). Summer monsoon winds recycle sediment from the lower Indus River and delta northeastward, i.e., downwind and upstream, into the desert. Far-field eolian recycling of Indus sediment is important enough to control sediment provenance at the downwind end of the desert substantially, although the proportion of Indus sediment of various ages varies regionally within the desert; dune sands in the northwestern Thar Desert resemble the Late HoloceneRecent Indus delta, requiring short transport and reworking times. On smaller spatial scales (110 m) along fluvial channels in the northern Thar Desert, there is also stratigraphic evidence of fluvial and eolian sediment reworking from local rivers. In terms of sediment volume, we estimate that the Thar Desert could be a more substantial sedimentary store than all other known buffer regions in the Indus basin combined. Thus, since the mid-Holocene, when the desert expanded as the summer monsoon rainfall decreased, fluvial-eolian recycling has been an important but little recognized process buffering sediment flux to the ocean. Similar fluvial-eolian connectivity likely also affects sediment routing and signal transfer in other dryland regions globally.

  1. Fluvial and marine controls on combined subaerial and subaqueous delta progradation: Morphodynamic modeling of compound-clinoform development

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    Swenson, John B.; Paola, Chris; Pratson, Lincoln; Voller, Vaughan R.; Murray, A. Brad

    2005-06-01

    Fluviodeltaic systems commonly display a compound-clinoform geometry that consists of a subaerial/subaqueous delta couplet. The extent of subaqueous delta development varies significantly and, in modern systems, is a function of fluvial input and basin hydrodynamics. We present a model of fluviodeltaic progradation in which the repeated occurrence of characteristic terrestrial floods and large coastal storms drives fluvial and shallow marine morphodynamics, respectively. We couple fluvial and shallow marine sediment dynamics via the surf zone, which we collapse to a shock condition and treat as a moving boundary. With steady sediment supply and sea level and simple basin geometry, our model naturally develops prograding deltas with compound-clinoform geometries. The subaerial delta grows via fluvial aggradation and shoreface progradation, whereas the subaqueous delta expands through foreset progradation, with only minor topset aggradation. The interplay of fluvial input with the wave/current field controls the basic partitioning of sediment between subaerial and subaqueous deltas and, by extension, the compound-clinoform geometry. Increasing the frequency or magnitude of coastal storms, decreasing flood frequency or discharge, and reducing grain size all increase the fraction of sediment delivered to the shallow marine environment and the extent of subaqueous delta progradation relative to subaerial delta development. Our model, which emphasizes the intrinsic coupling of fluvial and shallow marine sediment dynamics and downplays the importance of allogenic fluctuations, can explain many of the first-order morphologic features of natural delta systems, including significant lateral separation of the shoreline and clinoform rollover and differing rates of subaerial and subaqueous delta progradation.

  2. Modern Landform Distribution of the Gilbert River Distributive Fluvial System (DFS) and Predictions Regarding Ancient Coastal Plain Progradational Successions

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    McNamara, K. C.; Weissmann, G. S.; Scuderi, L. A.; Owen, A.; Nichols, G. J.; Hartley, A. J.

    2011-12-01

    Distributive fluvial systems (DFSs) are modern fluvial deposits of radial distributive channel patterns and encompass a continuum from small-scale alluvial fans to large-scale fluvial megafans. Given that DFSs have been shown to comprise most continental regimes, we hypothesize that these systems form fluvial deposits in sedimentary basins at the fluvial-marine interface. Few modern examples of DFSs spanning this realm exist, as modern coastlines are presently flooded due to high-amplitude Quaternary sea level changes. The Gilbert River DFS of north Queensland, Australia, represents a modern example of a DFS terminating in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Remote sensing analyses on this system show the same recognizable depositional patterns as purely continental DFS: 1) a radial channel pattern originating from an apex, 2) a down-DFS decrease in both channel and grain size, 3) a lack of lateral channel confinement, 4) a broad fan shape, and 5) a down-DFS increase in floodplain/channel area ratio. The distal portion (influenced by sea level changes) exhibits: a) a sharp contact between DFS and marginal-marine deposits, b) channel incision, confinement and lateral movement, c) channel width increasing due to tidal influence, d) sediment redistribution (spits, small-scale deltas), and e) shoreline progradation (wave-cut platforms and beach ridges). These observations ultimately lead to sedimentologic and stratigraphic predictions regarding coastal DFS deposits in the geologic record. Data from the Gilbert system are compared with facies and facies transitions in Cordilleran foreland basin Cretaceous strata that cross the fluvial-marine interface, such as the John Henry Mbr. of the Straight Cliffs Formation and the Williams Fork Formations of Utah and Colorado, respectively. If these strata are DFS, then the following succession (in ascending order) should exist in a single progradational succession: 1) Distal channel deposits with evidence of tidal influence (herringbone cross-stratification, brackish fossils, inclined heterolithic stratification) that cut into underlying foreshore strata and laterally equivalent fine-grained strata, overlain by 2) medial deposits of coarsening-upward packages due to avulsion and well-developed, laterally extensive mature paleosols, topped by 3) proximal deposits consisting of amalgamated sandstone bodies separated by regionally discontinuous erosional surfaces and relatively rare, well-drained, immature paleosols. Thus, progradational successions should exhibit an upsection increase in grain size, sand:mud ratios, and channel downcutting. Coastal plain fluvial and marginal marine progradational successions have proven to be important hydrocarbon and carbon dioxide sequestration reservoirs, coal accumulations, and aquifers. However, existing fluvial facies models used to predict sandbody distribution and connectivity are typically based on aggradational valley fill successions at the outcrop- and borehole-scale.

  3. Precambrian fluvial deposits: Enigmatic palaeohydrological data from the c. 2 1.9 Ga Waterberg Group, South Africa

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    Eriksson, Patrick G.; Bumby, Adam J.; Brmer, Jacobus J.; van der Neut, Markus

    2006-08-01

    Precambrian fluvial systems, lacking the influence of rooted vegetation, probably were characterised by flashy surface runoff, low bank stability, broad channels with abundant bedload, and faster rates of channel migration; consequently, a braided fluvial style is generally accepted. Pre-vegetational braided river systems, active under highly variable palaeoclimatic conditions, may have been more widespread than are modern, ephemeral dry-land braided systems. Aeolian deflation of fine fluvial detritus does not appear to have been prevalent. With the onset of large cratons by the Neoarchaean-Palaeoproterozoic, very large, perennial braided river systems became typical. The c. 2.06-1.88 Ga Waterberg Group, preserved within a Main and a smaller Middelburg basin on the Kaapvaal craton, was deposited largely by alluvial/braided-fluvial and subordinate palaeo-desert environments, within fault-bounded, possibly pull-apart type depositories. Palaeohydrological data obtained from earlier work in the Middelburg basin (Wilgerivier Formation) are compared to such data derived from the correlated Blouberg Formation, situated along the NE margin of the Main basin. Within the preserved Blouberg depository, palaeohydrological parameters estimated from clast size and cross-bed set thickness data, exhibit rational changes in their values, either in a down-palaeocurrent direction, or from inferred basin margin to palaeo-basin centre. In both the Wilgerivier and Blouberg Formations, calculated palaeoslope values (derived from two separate formulae) plot within the gap separating typical alluvial fan gradients from those which characterise rivers (cf. [Blair, T.C., McPherson, J.G., 1994. Alluvial fans and their natural distinction from rivers based on morphology, hydraulic processes, sedimentary processes, and facies assemblages. J. Sediment. Res. A64, 450-489.]). Although it may be argued that such data support possibly unique fluvial styles within the Precambrian, perhaps related to a combination of major global-scale tectono-thermal and atmospheric-palaeoclimatic events, a simpler explanation of these apparently enigmatic palaeoslope values may be pertinent. Of the two possible palaeohydrological formulae for calculating palaeoslope, one provides results close to typical fluvial gradients; the other formula relies on preserved channel-width data. We suggest that the latter will not be reliable due to problematic preservation of original channel-widths within an active braided fluvial system. We thus find no unequivocal support for a unique fluvial style for the Precambrian, beyond that generally accepted for that period and discussed briefly in the first paragraph.

  4. Knickpoints in Fluvial Systems: Comparing Models of Basin-Wide Propagation and Initiation at Erosional Thresholds

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    Crosby, B. T.; Whipple, K. X.

    2004-12-01

    Knickpoints, which we define morphologically as discrete negative steps in the long profiles of rivers, have been frequently associated with the dynamic adjustment of channels following a change in climate or tectonics. The danger in this process-based definition arises from the numerous circumstances, both static (e.g. substrate erodability contrasts) and dynamic (e.g. stream capture), that generate knickpoint morphologies. In addition, because changes in knickpoint form are often too slow to measure, their role as upstream propagating fronts of adjustment is most often inferred rather than observed. Most previous studies of knickpoint retreat have examined the response of a single channel to base level fall, but we propose that the timing and pattern of knickpoint distribution throughout entire fluvial networks must be characterized in order to ultimately understand landscape response times to external forcing and the history of sediment delivery to offshore basins. To explore this, we examined 236 knickpoints distributed within the fluvial network of the Waipaoa River on the North Island of New Zealand. A climatically triggered pulse of incision initiated 18,000 years ago lowered base level 50-100 m along the Waipaoa mainstem. Using field measurements, aerial photo analysis and digital elevation data, we studied the knickpoints' positions within the network. We found that ~70% of the knickpoints are located at drainage areas between 1 x 105 m2 and 1 x 106 m2 and more than half are < 1 km upstream of tributary junctions. This observed knickpoint distribution in the Waipaoa was compared to two end-member models for knickpoint behavior. In the first model, we examined the time-evolution of a knickpoint as it propagates upstream and is distributed throughout the network at a rate that is a power law function of drainage area. In the second, we examined if knickpoints form at threshold drainage areas where their fluvial erosive potential, as determined by water and sediment flux, is incapable of incising as rapidly as downstream reaches. Though neither model addressed along-stream variability in substrate or knickpoint form, surprisingly, both models provided highly accurate fits to the ~70% of knickpoints at drainage areas < 1 x 106 m2. Though the field and modeled results suggest that the present positions of the 236 observed knickpoints are determined by this threshold area behavior, explaining the basin-wide time evolution of a pulse of incision will require further model refinement and field observation.

  5. Late Quaternary fluvial incision rates in a marine terraced landscape, southeastern Crete, Greece

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    Karymbalis, Efthimios; Papanastassiou, Dimitris; Valkanou, Kanella; Gaki-Papanastassiou, Kalliopi

    2014-05-01

    Along the southern coast of the island of Crete, a series of five east-west oriented Late Pleistocene marine terraces exist, demonstrating the significant coastal uplift of this area. These terraces, ranging in elevation from 10 to 160m, are deformed by the vertical movements of the NNE-SSW trending and dipping west normal fault of Ierapetra. This study focuses on defining rates of fluvial incision for the last 410 Ka along valley systems that drain the tectonically uplifting area of Ierapetra, south Crete. The studied streams have a N-S flow direction and discharge into the Libyan Sea. Some of them are developed on the uplifted block of the Ierapetra normal fault whereas others drain the subsiding area west of the fault. The lower reaches of the study streams cut down through these marine terraces, which have been recognized, mapped in detail and correlated with Late Pleistocene Oxygen-Isotope Stages of high sea-level stands following the global sea-level fluctuations. These terraces of known age were used as reference surfaces in order to determine fluvial incision rates as the lower reaches of the streams cut down through these platforms. To evaluate incision rates, thirty five topographic valley cross-sections were drawn through fieldwork measurements as well as using a digital elevation model (DEM) produced by detailed topographic diagrams at the scale of 1:5,000. Cross valley profiles were constructed at specific locations where streams cut down the inner edges of the marine terraces because these points correspond precisely to the age of the palaeo-shoreline during the interglacial stage. For each cross-section the ratio of valley floor width to valley height (Vf) and long-term mean stream incision rates were estimated for the last 410 Ka. The geomorphic evolution of the valleys has been mainly affected by the lithology of the bedrock, sea level fluctuations during the late Quaternary, the head-ward erosion and incision of the channels, as well as both the regional uplift and the uplift due to the activity of the Ierapetra fault. Fluvial incision rates are higher for the streams developed at the footwall depending strongly on the distance from the trace of the fault. Downcutting rates are comparable with the slip rate of the Ierapetra fault over the last 410 Ka.

  6. Case study of climatic changes in Martian fluvial systems at Xanthe Terra

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    Kereszturi, Akos

    2014-06-01

    An unnamed valley system was analyzed in Xanthe Terra south of Havel Vallis on Mars where three separate episodes of fluvial activity could be identified with different morphology, water source and erosional processes, inferring formation under different climatic conditions. The oldest scattered valleys (1. group) form interconnecting network and suggest areally distributed water source. Later two valley types formed from confined water source partly supported by possible subsurface water. The smaller upper reaches (2. group) with three separate segments and also a similar aged but areal washed terrain suggest contribution from shallow subsurface inflow. These valleys fed the main channel (3. group), which morphology (wide, theater shaped source, few tributaries, steep walls) is the most compatible with the subsurface sapping origin. While the first valley group formed in the Noachian, the other two, more confined groups are younger. Their crater density based age value is uncertain, and could be only 1200 million years. After these three fluvial episodes etch pitted, heavily eroded terrain formed possibly by ice sublimation driven collapse. More recently (60-200 million years ago) dunes covered the bottom of the valleys, and finally the youngest event took place when mass movements produced debris covered the valleys' slopes with sediments along their wall around 5-15 million years ago, suggesting wind activity finished earlier than the mass movements in the region. This small area represents the sequence of events probably appeared on global scale: the general cooling and drying environment of Mars. Comparing the longitudinal profiles here to other valleys in Xanthe Terra, convex shaped valley profiles are usually connected to steep terrains. The location of erosional base might play an important role in their formation that can be produced convex shapes where the erosional base descended topographically (by deep impact crater or deep outflow channel formation) as time passed by. The analysis of such nearby systems that probably witnessed similar climatic forces in the past, provides ideal possibility to identify reasons and geomorphological context of longitudinal profile shape formation for fluvial valleys in general. Three different groups of valleys were identified at a system in Xanthe Terra. The oldest scattered valleys formed by areal water source. Younger upper reaches might form by linear and areal flow, lower reaches by sapping. Crater density based ages are uncertain, but point to activity 600-1200 million years ago. Dunes are 60-200, talus slopes are 5-15 million years old in the valleys.

  7. Fluvial response to the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum in northwest Wyoming and western Colorado, USA

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    Foreman, B. Z.; Heller, P.; Clementz, M. T.

    2011-12-01

    The Willwood and Wasatch formations of northwest Wyoming and western Colorado record alluvial deposition within the intermontane Bighorn and Piceance Creek basins, respectively. Both display substantial shifts in the character of fluvial sand-bodies coincident with an abrupt negative carbon isotope excursion linked to the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) climate change event at ~55 Ma. In the northern Bighorn Basin, an anomalously thick and laterally persistent multi-story fluvial sand-body crops out within the main body of the PETM isotopic excursion. The internal architecture and lithofacies within the sand-body are similar to pre- and post-PETM sand-bodies, and mean paleo-flow depths do not appear to change substantially. The most significant change is the increase in vertical and lateral amalgamation within the PETM sand-body. Long-term basin sedimentation rates are constant spanning the event implying a transient increase in channel mobility via avulsion and meandering processes during the PETM, which preferentially evacuated fine-grained overbank material out of the basin to the north. Similarly, fluvial sand-bodies are more laterally and vertically amalgamated during the PETM in the Piceance Creek Basin. Yet here the sand-bodies are a recurrent phenomenon throughout the PETM, persist after the PETM, and show dramatic internal architectural changes. Flow depths increase by ~50% and are twice as variable during the PETM, lithofacies are dominated by upper flow regime structures, and crevasse splay deposits are ubiquitous in the associated floodplain strata. In both basins enhanced channel mobility was likely facilitated by a combination of vegetation overturn and alteration of precipitation patterns. Sediment stored higher in the catchment and on related hill-slopes was released, choked basin river systems, instigated greater in-channel deposition, and caused more rapid avulsions. Introduction of coarser sediment loads and vegetation change would have weakened bank strengths allowing more rapid meandering by river systems. However, the differential response in the two basins suggests that vegetation overturn played a greater role in the Bighorn Basin as channel size, discharge, and flow conditions did not substantially change whereas increases in the seasonality of precipitation likely played a more dominant role in the Piceance Creek Basin where discharge and flow conditions were greatly altered during the event.

  8. Palynostratigraphy and sedimentary facies of Middle Miocene fluvial deposits of the Amazonas Basin, Brazil

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    Dino, Rodolfo; Soares, Emílio Alberto Amaral; Antonioli, Luzia; Riccomini, Claudio; Nogueira, Afonso César Rodrigues

    2012-03-01

    Palynostratigraphic and sedimentary facies analyses were made on sedimentary deposits from the left bank of the Solimões River, southwest of Manaus, State of Amazonas, Brazil. These provided the age-dating and subdivision of a post-Cretaceous stratigraphic succession in the Amazonas Basin. The Novo Remanso Formation is subdivided into upper and lower units, and delineated by discontinuous surfaces at its top and bottom. The formation consists primarily of sandstones and minor mudstones and conglomerates, reflecting fluvial channel, point bar and floodplain facies of a fluvial meandering paleosystem. Fairly well-preserved palynoflora was recovered from four palynologically productive samples collected in a local irregular concentration of gray clay deposits, rich in organic material and fossilized wood, at the top of the Novo Remanso Formation upper unit. The palynoflora is dominated by terrestrial spores and pollen grains, and is characterized by abundant angiosperm pollen grains ( Tricolpites, Grimsdalea, Perisyncolporites, Tricolporites and Malvacearumpollis). Trilete spores are almost as abundant as the angiosperm pollen, and are represented mainly by the genera Deltoidospora, Verrutriletes, and Hamulatisporis. Gymnosperm pollen is scarce. The presence of the index species Grimsdalea magnaclavata Germeraad et al. (1968) indicates that these deposits belong to the Middle Miocene homonymous palynozone (Lorente, 1986; Hoorn, 1993; Jaramillo et al., 2011). Sedimentological characteristics (poorly sorted, angular to sub-angular, fine to very-coarse quartz sands facies) are typical of the Novo Remanso Formation upper part. These are associated with a paleoflow to the NE-E and SE-E, and with an entirely lowland-derived palinofloristic content with no Andean ferns and gymnosperms representatives. All together, this suggests a cratonic origin for this Middle Miocene fluvial paleosystem, which was probably born in the Purus Arch eastern flank and areas surrounding the crystalline. The palynological analysis results presented herein are the first direct and unequivocal evidence of the occurrence of Middle Miocene deposits in the central part of the Amazonas Basin. They also provide new perspectives for intra- and interbasin correlations, as well as paleogeographic and paleoenvironmental interpretations for the later deposition stages in the northern Brazilian sedimentary basins.

  9. The Crucial Role of Particulate Matter in Fluvial Degradation of Thaw-Released Arctic Carbon

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    Vonk, J.; Sobczak, W. V.; Mann, P. J.; Bulygina, E. B.; Zimov, S. A.; Holmes, R. M.

    2010-12-01

    Half of the global pool of soil organic carbon (OC) is stored in Arctic permafrost. Thaw-release of this pool, triggered by ongoing climate warming, will mobilize old OC into streams and rivers that actively process this material. Studies suggest that thawing permafrost will mostly manifest itself in the amounts of particulate OC (POC), and is expected to increase POC fluxes. While the fluvial loads of terrestrial POC might be an order of magnitude lower than the dissolved fraction DOC, the degradation rate for POC appears to be much higher. Consequently, the resulting flux of outgassed CO2 might be of similar magnitude. This essential difference between POC and DOC has shown to be valid for Russian Arctic coastal waters, but has not yet been quantified in the Arctic watersheds that drain the most climate-sensitive regions on our planet. In July 2010, a team of scientists and students as part of the Polaris Project (http://www.thepolarisproject.org) travelled to the Northeast Science station in Cherskii in the Kolyma delta, Eastern Siberia. One goal was to improve our understanding on the degradation fluxes of fluvial POC and the differences among different (sub-)watersheds. We sampled the Kolyma River along with a wide range of tributaries draining watersheds of different size, topography, vegetation and permafrost coverage. Biological oxygen demand (BOD) was measured on filtered (0.7 um) and unfiltered water samples. Additionally, an incubation experiment was set-up with resuspended particulate matter from different tributaries and Kolyma springflood material throughout late May/early June. Hereby we excluded the DOC fraction and gained degradation information on POC. Preliminary results of the BOD experiment show mineralization rates that are far higher in the unfiltered bottles than the increase one would expect solely based on the difference in OC concentrations. This implies that fluvial POC is far more reactive than the dissolved fraction. Furthermore, it is likely that particle-associated bacteria consume DOC. We will present further results on POC versus DOC degradation rates and their spatial and temporal differences.

  10. Late-Quaternary Fluvial Aggradation and Incision in the Yuchi Basin, Central Taiwan

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    Chen, B.; Hsieh, M.; Liew, P.; Chen, Y.

    2002-12-01

    The origin of a series of N-S trending basins in central Taiwan, surrounded by 1000-2000m-high mountains, has long been an unsolved issue. We studied one of these basins, the Yuchi Basin. The basin is floored by a N-inclining (< 1X) surface of fluvial origin (the main surface), which has been deeply incised by four river systems by as much as 80 m. These rivers (combined basin area: 72 km2) join to each other and flow out of the basin to the north through a gorge. We found that the basin started to accumulate fluvial-lacustrine sediments no later than 200 ka (OIS 8, based on pollen stratigraphy). Parts of these Pleistocene deposits has been tilted (<10X), as observed near the northern edge of the basin, and been incised by at least 55 m (the top of this sequence exposed there is dated >50,000 yr BP). Based on radiocarbon dates, fluvial aggradation in the western part of the basin appears to have stopped around 25 ka (24550+360/-350, 5 m below the main surface). The aggradation, however, probably proceeded in the eastern part of the basin until about 6 ka (10997-11312 cal. BP, 12 m below the main surface; 6174-6279/6408-6495 cal. BP, 4 m below the surface). As the main surface extends continuously, we believe that although the formation of the main surface appears to be diachronous, the channel incision that abandoned the surface is likely to have started somehow synchronously, or no earlier than 6 ka. The reason for this catastrophic incision is unknown. It is clear that this incision into the Pleistocene strata exposed near the northern edge of the basin is at least 9 mm/yr. Also, the incision only has removed a total of 550000000 m3 material from the deposits underlying the main surface, which amounts to a sediment yield of at least 92000 m3/yr, or an apparent denudation rate of > 1.3 mm/yr over the entire river basins. Note that in this calculation, most parts of the river basins remain intact. Our results therefore show how rapid channel incision can significantly bias the calculated denudation rate over the time scale of Holocene.

  11. Fluvial Tufa Evidence of Late Pleistocene Wet Intervals from Santa Barbara, Southern California

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    Ibarra, Y.; Corsetti, F. A.; Feakins, S. J.; Rhodes, E. J.; Kirby, M. E.

    2014-12-01

    Past pluvials in the western United States provide valuable context for understanding regional hydroclimate variability. Here we report evidence of conditions substantially wetter than today from fluvial tufa deposits located near Zaca Lake, Santa Barbara County, California that have been dated by radiocarbon (14C) and Infra-Red Stimulated Luminescence (IRSL). Two successions of tufa deposition occur within a small catchment that drains Miocene Monterey Formation bedrock: 1) a fluvial deposit (0-0.5 m thick, 200 m in extent) that formed along a narrow valley below a modern spring, and 2) a perched deposit about 10 m higher (2 m thick, 15 m in extent). IRSL and radiocarbon dating of the perched carbonates suggests at least two episodes of carbonate growth: one at 19.4 2.4 (1?) through 17.8 2.8 (1?) ka and another at 11.9 1.5 (1?) ka verified with a charcoal 14C age of 10.95 0.12 (2?) cal ka BP. The relationship between the perched and fluvial spring deposits is inferred to represent a drop in the water table of more than 10 m associated with a transition from a wet climate in the late glacial to a dry Holocene today. The wet period indicated by tufa growth between 19.4 and 17.8 ka is relatively consistent with other California climate records both north and south of Zaca Lake. However, tufa growth ca. 12 to 11 ka demonstrates wet conditions occurred as far south as Zaca Lake during the Younger Dryas event, in contrast to climate records farther south in Lake Elsinore indicating persistently dry conditions through this interval. A small shift north in the average position of the winter season storm track could explain wet winters at Zaca while at the same time generating dry winters at Lake Elsinore, 275 km southwest of Zaca. If true, these data indicate that rather small latitudinal shifts in the average winter season storm track can produce large changes in regional hydroclimate.

  12. Temporal correlation of fluvial and alluvial sequences in the Makran Range, SE-Iran

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    Kober, F.; Zeilinger, G.; Ivy-Ochs, S.; Dolati, A.; Smit, J.; Burg, J.-P.; Bahroudi, A.; Kubik, P. W.; Baur, H.; Wieler, R.; Haghipour, N.

    2009-04-01

    The Makran region of southeastern Iran is an active accretionary wedge with a partially subaerial component. New investigations have revealed a rather complex geodynamic evolution of the Makran active accretionary wedge that is not yet fully understood in its entity. Ongoing convergence between the Arabian and Eurasian plates and tectonic activity since the late Mesozoic has extended all trough the Quaternary. We focus here on fluvial and alluvial sequences in tectonically separated basins that have been deposited probably in the Pliocene/Quaternary, based on stratigraphic classification in official geological maps, in order to understand the climatic and tectonic forces occurring during the ongoing accretionary wegde formation. Specifically, we investigate the influence of Quaternary climate variations (Pleistocene cold period, monsoonal variations) on erosional and depositional processes in the (semi)arid Makran as well as local and regional tectonic forces in the Coastal and Central Makran Range region. Necessary for such an analysis is a temporal calibration of alluvial and fluvial terrace sequences that will allow an inter-basin correlation. We utilize the exposure age dating method using terrestrial cosmogenic nuclides (TCN) due to the lack of otherwise datatable material in the arid Makran region. Limited radiocarbon data are only available for marine terraces (wave-cut platforms). Our preliminary 21Ne and 10Be TCN-ages of amalgamated clast samples from (un)deformed terrace and alluvial sequences range from ~250 ky to present day (modern wash). These ages agree in relative terms with sequences previously assigned by other investigations through correlation of Quaternary sequences from Central and Western Iran regions. However, our minimum ages suggest that all age sequences are of middle to late Pleistocene age, compared to Pliocene age estimates previously assigned for the oldest units. Although often suggested, a genetical relation and connection of those fluvial sequences to coastal terraces and wave-cut platforms is problematic due to ambiguous ages and obscured stratigraphic linkage. Our data suggest that events of terrace formation are roughly coeval between basins, but do not indicate a distinct climate forcing, though there is some tendency that terraces were formed during interglacial periods. Preliminary incision rates derived from strath terraces are on the order of 0.1-3 mm/yr with non-steady intervals. This in turn is well in the range of uplift rates deduced from coastal terraces. Further investigations are on the way, especially resolving complex exposure histories based on combining cosmogenic radionuclides and 21Ne.

  13. Rock strength along a fluvial transect of the Colorado Plateau - quantifying a fundamental control on geomorphology

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    Bursztyn, N.; Pederson, J. L.; Tressler, C.; Mackley, R. D.; Mitchell, K. J.

    2015-11-01

    Bedrock strength is a key parameter that influences slope stability, landscape erosion, and fluvial incision. Yet, it is often ignored or indirectly constrained in studies of landscape evolution, as with the K erodibility parameter in stream-power models. Empirical datasets of rock strength suited to address geomorphic questions are rare, in part because of the difficulty in measuring those rocks at Earth's surface that are heterolithic, weak, or poorly exposed. Here we present a large dataset of measured bedrock strength organized by rock units exposed along the length of the trunk Green-Colorado River through the iconic Colorado Plateau of the western U.S. Measurements include field compressive tests, fracture spacing, and Selby Rock Mass Strength at 168 localities, as well as 672 individual tensile-strength tests in the laboratory. Tensile strength results are compared to geomorphic metrics of unit stream power, river gradient, and channel and valley-bottom width through the arid Colorado Plateau, where the influence of bedrock is intuitive but unquantified. Our dataset reveals logical trends between tensile and compressive strength as well as between strength, rock type and age. In bedrock reaches of the fluvial transect, there is a positive rank-correlation and a strong power-law correlation between reach-averaged rock strength and unit stream power, as well as a linear relation between tensile strength and river gradient. Expected relations between fracture spacing and topography are masked partly by the massive yet weak sandstones in the dataset. To constrain values for weak rock types such as shale, we utilize the inverse power-law scaling between tensile strength and valley-bottom width to estimate their "effective" tensile strength. Results suggest that tensile strength varies to at least an order-of-magnitude smaller values than evident with directly testable rocks in this landscape, and values for erodibility (K) in numerical simulations may be informed by this dataset. In terms of landscape evolution, these results support the finding that equilibrium adjustment to bedrock strength, not differential uplift or transient incision, is the first-order control on large-scale fluvial geomorphology in the Colorado Plateau. This has broad implications for the interpretation of topography in terms of tectonic drivers.

  14. The Regulation of Peace River: a Large-scale Experiment on Fluvial Governing Conditions

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    Church, M.

    2004-12-01

    In 1967, British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority closed W.A.C.Bennett Dam, creating what was then the sixth largest hydropower project in the world. The dam is located in the Rocky Mountain front range so that, although it controls about half the runoff of the 293 000 sq.km basin, almost all of the sediment load originates downstream from the dam in the Alberta Plateau. Hence, the effects of these two principal governing conditions of fluvial systems can be separated. The 378 km immediately downstream to the Smoky River confluence are a wandering, cobble-gravel reach It has effectively ceased to be alluvial and the channel pattern has been simplified. Aggradation is occurring at major tributary junctions, whilst the tributaries themselves have degraded in their lowermost reaches. Smoky River, the principal tributary, delivers a large sand load. The 250 km reach to Carcajou is sandy gravel and the final 600 km to the Peace-Athabasca delta is sand-bed. Aggradation, with a change in fluvial style toward low-order braiding, appears to be underway in the proximal sand-bed reach. More generally, channel shrinkage in response to the regulated flow regime is controlled by the rate of progradation of riparian vegetation onto former bar surfaces In 1996, after 29 years of regulated flow, reservoir drawdown for dam repairs led to full spillway flows for 8 consecutive weeks, creating an effectively bankfull condition in the proximal post-regulation channel. Significant degradation was observed for the first time in many cross-sections but overall changes were surprisingly modest, reflecting the refractory bed and the degree to which riparian vegetation has become firmly established in former channel areas. Overall, sediment supply and flow competence are the principal controls of fluvial response in the system. The experimental aspect of this study of a large, northward flowing, boreal river can be controlled by before-after comparison. However, this strategy must take into account a changing hydroclimate which has seen increased precipitation but decreased winter snowfall, the latter being the chief source of runoff. However, it can also be pursued by comparison with Liard River, of comparable scale and morphology, located to the north. In both rivers, winter ice regime represents a significant additional dimension for study.

  15. Sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy of the Shanxi Formation (Lower Permian) in the northwestern Ordos Basin, China: an alternative sequence model for fluvial strata

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    Zhang, Zhouliang; Sun, Keqin; Yin, Jarun

    1997-08-01

    The Lower Permian Shanxi Formation in the northwestern Ordos Basin was deposited in fluvial environments under warm and humid climatic conditions. Braided, anastomosing and meandering fluvial facies associations can be recognized in the lower, middle and upper parts of the Shanxi Formation, respectively. They form a complete type-1 fluvial sequence. Based on this sequence as well as on the analysis of base level changes and their effect on fluvial deposition, an alternative sequence model for fluvial strata is proposed. The lowstand systems tract in the model comprises braided river deposits, the transgressive systems tract consists mainly of fine-grained anastomosing river deposits, and meandering river deposits dominate in the highstand systems tract. Braided sandstones in the lowstand systems tract seem to be widely distributed and have high lateral continuity. Anastomosing channel sand-bodies in the transgressive systems tract appear to be isolated and display relative low lateral continuity.

  16. Development a fluvial detachment rate model to predict the erodibility of cohesive soils under the influence of seepage

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    Seepage influences the erodibility of streambanks, streambeds, dams, and embankments. Usually the erosion rate of cohesive soils due to fluvial forces is computed using an excess shear stress model, dependent on two major soil parameters: the critical shear stress (tc) and the erodibility coefficie...

  17. A comparison of factors controlling sedimentation rates and wetland loss in fluvial-deltaic systems, Texas Gulf coast

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    White, W.A.; Morton, R.A.; Holmes, C.W.

    2002-01-01

    Submergence of coastal marshes in areas where rates of relative sea-level rise exceed rates of marsh sedimentation, or vertical accretion, is a global problem that requires detailed examination of the principal processes that establish, maintain, and degrade these biologically productive environments. Using a simple 210Pb-dating model, we measured sedimentation rates in cores from the Trinity, Lavaca-Navidad, and Nueces bayhead fluvial-deltaic systems in Texas where more than 2000 ha of wetlands have been lost since the 1950s. Long-term average rates of fluvial-deltaic aggradation decrease southwestward from 0.514 ?? 0.008 cm year -1 in the Trinity, 0.328 ?? 0.022 cm year -1 in the Lavaca-Navidad, to 0.262 ?? 0.034 cm year -1 in the Nucces. The relative magnitudes of sedimentation and wetland loss correlate with several parameters that define the differing fluvial-deltaic settings, including size of coastal drainage basin, average annual rainfall, suspended sediment load, thickness of Holocene mud in the valley fill, and rates of relative sea-level rise. There is some evidence that upstream reservoirs have reduced wetland sedimentation rates, which are now about one-half the local rates of relative sea-level rise. The extant conditions indicate that fluvial-deltaic marshes in these valleys will continue to be lost as a result of submergence and erosion. ?? 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Paleocurrent and fabric analyses of the imbricated fluvial gravel deposits in Huangshui Valley, the northeastern Tibetan Plateau, China

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    Miao, X.; Lu, H.; Li, Z.; Cao, G.

    2008-01-01

    Gravel deposits on fluvial terraces contain a wealth of information about the paleofluvial system. In this study, flow direction and provenance were determined by systematic counts of more than 2000 clasts of imbricated gravel deposits in the Xining Region, northeastern Tibetan Plateau, China. These gravel deposits range in age from the modern Huangshui riverbed to Miocene-aged deposits overlain by eolian sediments. Our major objectives were not only to collect first-hand field data on the fluvial gravel sediments of the Xining Region, but also to the reconstruct the evolution of the fluvial system. These data may offer valuable information about uplift of the northeastern Tibetan Plateau during the late Cenozoic era. Reconstructed flow directions of the higher and lower gravel deposits imply that the river underwent a flow reversal of approximately 130-180??. In addition, the lithological compositions in the higher gravel deposits differ significantly from the lower terraces, suggesting that the source areas changed at the same time. Eolian stratigraphy overlying the gravel deposits and paleomagnetic age determination indicate that this change occurred sometime between 1.55??Ma and 1.2??Ma. We suggest that tectonic activity could explain the dramatic changes in flow direction and lithological composition during this time period. Therefore, this study provides a new scenario of fluvial response to tectonic uplift: a reversal of flow direction. In addition, field observation and statistical analyses reveal a strong relationship between rock type, size and roundness of clasts. ?? 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Relationships Between the Medusae Fossae Formation (MFF), Fluvial Channels, and the Dichotomy Boundary Southeast of Nicholson Crater, Mars

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    Bradley, B. A.; Sakimoto, S. E. H.

    2001-01-01

    We use Mars Global Surveyor's Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) and Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) data to investigate the Medusae Fossae Formation (MFF) and its relationship to fluvial channels southeast of Nicholson Crater. In this area the MFF shows small-scale layering and is draped over Labou Vallis. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  20. Fluvial sequences as evidence for landscape and climatic evolution in the Late Cenozoic: A synthesis of data from IGCP 518

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    Westaway, Rob; Bridgland, David R.; Sinha, Rajiv; Demir, Tuncer

    2009-09-01

    This editorial synthesis introduces a collection of papers derived from International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) Project 518, entitled 'Fluvial Sequences as Evidence for Landscape and Climatic Evolution in the Late Cenozoic'. Building on information collected during an earlier project (IGCP 449: 'Global Correlation of Late Cenozoic Fluvial Deposits'), this has examined the data accumulated on fluvial records, particularly river terrace sequences, for patterns that contribute to the interpretation of Late Cenozoic landscape and climatic evolution. This introductory paper reviews the baseline evidence, noting that there are patterns (from terrace sequences in different regions) of differing amounts of fluvial incision, indicating differing uplift rates, that appear to be related to crustal province. There seems to be no general role for plate tectonics; instead the patterns are of regional uplift, probably an isostatic response to erosion, enhanced by positive feedback effects, arguably due to lower-crustal flow. As well as depocentres, which are subsiding due to loading by accumulating sediment, cratonic areas are also exceptions to the rule of widespread uplift; these show minimal Late Cenozoic uplift, presumably because they lack mobile lower crust. The ten papers that follow are reviewed briefly in this context, these being contributions concerning Turkey, the Black Sea margin of Ukraine, Morocco (2), the Czech Republic, Britain (2), the Netherlands, New Zealand, and China.

  1. Turbidity in the fluvial Gironde Estuary (S-W France) based on 10 year continuous monitoring: sensitivity to hydrological conditions

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    Jaln-Rojas, I.; Schmidt, S.; Sottolichio, A.

    2015-03-01

    Climate change and human activities impact the volume and timing of freshwater input to estuaries. These modifications in fluvial discharges are expected to influence estuarine suspended sediment dynamics, and in particular the turbidity maximum zone (TMZ). Located in the southwest France, the Gironde fluvial-estuarine systems has an ideal context to address this issue. It is characterized by a very pronounced TMZ, a decrease in mean annual runoff in the last decade, and it is quite unique in having a long-term and high-frequency monitoring of turbidity. The effect of tide and river flow on turbidity in the fluvial estuary is detailed, focusing on dynamics related to changes in hydrological conditions (river floods, periods of low-water, inter-annual changes). Turbidity shows hysteresis loops at different time scales: during river floods and over the transitional period between the installation and expulsion of the TMZ. These hysteresis patterns, that reveal the origin of sediment, locally resuspended or transported from the watershed, may be a tool to evaluate the presence of remained mud. Statistics on turbidity data bound the range of river flow that promotes the TMZ installation in the fluvial stations. Hydrological indicators of the persistence and turbidity level of the TMZ are also defined. The long-term evolution of these indicators confirms the influence of discharge decrease on the intensification of the TMZ in tidal rivers, and provides a tool to evaluate future scenarios.

  2. A predictive model of reservoir continuity in fluvial sand bodies of a lacustrine deltaic system, Colton Formation, Utah

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    Morris T.H.; Richmond, D.R.; Marino, J.E. )

    1991-06-01

    The first predictive model of reservoir continuity and heterogeneity of fluvial sandstone bodies within the Paleocene-Eocene Colton Formation of east-central Utah is developed. The Colton is interpreted to be a fluvial dominated lacustrine deltaic sequence that prograded from the southeast into ancient Lake Uinta. Predictability of reservoir continuity is based largely on understanding the nature of impermeable mudstone drapes within multilateral and multivertical sandstone bodies. Fluvial sandstones are categorized into three systems according to associated facies, channel morphologies, and sandstone/mudstone (S/M) ratios. Suspended load systems dominate the western distal end of Colton exposures and are characterized as follows: meandering to sinusoidal fluvial systems, abundant lateral accretion sets (LAS), and low S/M ratios (< 30). Reservoir characteristics include poor porosity (< 9%) and permeability (< 0.6 md), poor reservoir continuity, small reservoir size, and good potential for development of numerous hydrocarbon traps. Mixed-load systems are typified by abundant sinusoidal and occasional meandering systems, large LAS, and intermediate S/M ratios (25-55). Reservoirs display good porosity (18.5%) and permeability (> 50md), intermediate reservoir continuity, intermediate to large reservoir size, and good potential to develop numerous hydrocarbon traps. Bed-load systems are characterized by relatively straight channels, very few point-bar sequences, and high S/M ratios (> 40). Reservoir characteristics display very good porosity (19.6-22%) and permeability (133-2,657 md), good reservoir continuity, large reservoir size, and less potential to develop hydrocarbon traps.

  3. When do plants modify fluvial processes? Plant-hydraulic interactions under variable flow and sediment supply rates

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    Manners, Rebecca B.; Wilcox, Andrew C.; Kui, Li; Lightbody, Anne F.; Stella, John C.; Sklar, Leonard S.

    2015-02-01

    Flow and sediment regimes shape alluvial river channels; yet the influence of these abiotic drivers can be strongly mediated by biotic factors such as the size and density of riparian vegetation. We present results from an experiment designed to identify when plants control fluvial processes and to investigate the sensitivity of fluvial processes to changes in plant characteristics versus changes in flow rate or sediment supply. Live seedlings of two species with distinct morphologies, tamarisk (Tamarix spp.) and cottonwood (Populus fremontii), were placed in different configurations in a mobile sand-bed flume. We measured the hydraulic and sediment flux responses of the channel at different flow rates and sediment supply conditions representing equilibrium (sediment supply = transport rate) and deficit (sediment supply < transport rate). We found that the hydraulic and sediment flux responses during sediment equilibrium represented a balance between abiotic and biotic factors and was sensitive to increasing flow rates and plant species and configuration. Species-specific traits controlled the hydraulic response: compared to cottonwood, which has a more tree-like morphology, the shrubby morphology of tamarisk resulted in less pronation and greater reductions in near-bed velocities, Reynolds stress, and sediment flux rates. Under sediment-deficit conditions, on the other hand, abiotic factors dampened the effect of variations in plant characteristics on the hydraulic response. We identified scenarios for which the highest stem-density patch, independent of abiotic factors, dominated the fluvial response. These results provide insight into how and when plants influence fluvial processes in natural systems.

  4. Stratigraphy of the fluvial deposits of the Salado river basin, Buenos Aires Province: Lithology, chronology and paleoclimate

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    Fucks, E.; Pisano, M. F.; Huarte, R. A.; Di Lello, C. V.; Mari, F.; Carbonari, J. E.

    2015-07-01

    The regional landscape of the Salado depression is related to weathering, eolian and fluvial processes generated under different climatic conditions. Although during most of the Holocene the climatic conditions were warm and humid, previously, a vast plain dominated by deflation processes and enhanced by weathering processes was developed in an arid environment. Fluvial deposits produced afterwards are continuous and lithologically homogeneous, which allows differentiation and characterization of the entire stratigraphic sequence. The stratigraphic units of this area, closely related to the paleoclimatic conditions, are recognized and characterized. Three lithostratigraphic units of fluvial origin (Members) and two paleosols have been differentiated. The first ones were grouped in the Luján Formation. Some of the units are related to other ones previously recognized in this area (La Chumbiada Member and La Pelada Geosol), but others have no similarity or relationship with previously known units (Gorch and Puente Las Gaviotas Members, and Frigorífico Belgrano Geosol). Radiocarbon ages suggest that the fluvial sequences were deposited after the glacial maximum, corresponding to MIS 1, except for the basal levels of the lower member which is late Late Pleistocene. Although the general paleoclimatic conditions were related to warm and humid climate, events related to water deficits were also recognized, which could be related to the Younger Dryas, the middle Holocene and the late Holocene.

  5. Reservoir Characterization, Production Characteristics, and Research Needs for Fluvial/Alluvial Reservoirs in the United States

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    Cole, E.L.; Fowler, M.L.; Jackson, S.R.; Madden, M.P.; Raw-Schatzinger, V.; Salamy, S.P.; Sarathi, P.; Young, M.A.

    1999-04-28

    The Department of Energy's (DOE's) Oil Recovery Field Demonstration Program was initiated in 1992 to maximize the economically and environmentally sound recovery of oil from known domestic reservoirs and to preserve access to this resource. Cost-shared field demonstration projects are being initiated in geology defined reservoir classes which have been prioritized by their potential for incremental recovery and their risk of abandonment. This document defines the characteristics of the fifth geological reservoir class in the series, fluvial/alluvial reservoirs. The reservoirs of Class 5 include deposits of alluvial fans, braided streams, and meandering streams. Deposit morphologies vary as a complex function of climate and tectonics and are characterized by a high degree of heterogeneity to fluid flow as a result of extreme variations in water energy as the deposits formed.

  6. Effect of metals on Daphnia magna and cladocerans representatives of the Argentinean fluvial littoral.

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    Luciana, Regaldo; Reno, Ulises; Gervasio, Susana; Horacio, Troiani; Gagneten, Ana María

    2014-07-01

    Chronic toxicity tests were conducted to assess the effect of Cu, Cr and Pb on Moinodaphnia macleayi and Ceriodaphnia dubia -two cladoceran species from the Argentinian Fluvial Littoral Zone (AFLZ)- and Daphnia magna -an holarctic species-. The specimens were exposed to three concentrations of each metal. As endpoints, the number of living and dead organisms, molts, neonates released, and the age of first reproduction were recorded. Chronic assays showed that Cu significantly affected the analyzed life history traits in the three species. The lowest Pb and Cr concentrations did not affect survival, molting or fecundity in D. magna. Conversely, in M. macleayi and C. dubia, survival, molting and fecundity showed highly significant differences in all the concentrations tested compared to control assay. The present study stresses the importance of using biological parameters as bioindicators, as well as the study species from the Southern Hemisphere to assess metal pollution. PMID:25004754

  7. Quality assurance practices for the chemical and biological analyses of water and fluvial sediments

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    Friedman, Linda C.; Erdmann, David E.

    1982-01-01

    This chapter contains practices used by the U.S. Geological Survey to assure the quality of analytical data for water, fluvial sediment, and aquatic organisms. These practices are directed primarily toward personnel making water quality measurements. Some detail specific quality control techniques, others document quality assurance procedures being used by the Central Laboratories System of the U.S. Geological Survey, and still others describe various statistical techniques and give examples of their use in evaluating and assuring the quality of analytical data. The practices are arranged into eight sections: Analytical Methods Development Procedures, Standard Quantitative Analysis Techniques, Instrumental Techniques, Reference Material, Laboratory Quality Control; Quality Assurance Monitoring; Documentation, Summary, and Evaluation of Data, Materials Evaluation. Each section is preceded by a brief description of the material covered. Similarly within each section, each practice is preceded by a description of its application or scope.

  8. Holocene monsoonal dynamics and fluvial terrace formation in the northwest Himalaya, India

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    Bookhagen, B.; Fleitmann, D.; Nishiizumi, K.; Strecker, M. R.; Thiede, R. C.

    2006-07-01

    Aluminum-26 and beryllium-10 surface exposure dating on cut-and-fill river-terrace surfaces from the lower Sutlej Valley (northwest Himalaya) documents the close link between Indian Summer Monsoon (ISM) oscillations and intervals of enhanced fluvial incision. During the early Holocene ISM optimum, precipitation was enhanced and reached far into the internal parts of the orogen. The amplified sediment flux from these usually dry but glaciated areas caused alluviation of downstream valleys up to 120 m above present grade at ca. 9.9 k.y. B.P. Terrace formation (i.e., incision) in the coarse deposits occurred during century-long weak ISM phases that resulted in reduced moisture availability and most likely in lower sediment flux. Here, we suggest that the lower sediment flux during weak ISM phases allowed rivers to incise episodically into the alluvial fill.

  9. Fluvial Bedrock Incision Rates in Taroko Gorge (Taiwan) From in Situ-Produced Cosmogenic Nuclides

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    Schaller, M.; Hovius, N.; Willett, S.; Ivy-Ochs, S.; Synal, H.

    2003-12-01

    Climate, through its influence on erosion, plays a key role in the tectonic evolution of the continental crust. Tectonics may in turn moderate both local and global climate, for example through the construction of mountain belts. Geodynamic modeling has yielded testable hypotheses concerning the feedbacks between climate, erosion and tectonics. The models, however, are not matched by an observational data base to test their predictions. This is primarily because erosion, the key parameter linking cause and consequence, has proved difficult to measure. Cosmogenic nuclide concentrations can be used to determine present and past rates of river incision, a key erosional process, and thus establish how bedrock rivers have responded to recent change of climate. The effects of such changes are recorded in fluvially sculpted landforms in mountain valleys. The age of these fluvially sculpted surfaces can be dated by cosmogenic nuclides. The concentration of cosmogenic nuclides in rocks exposed at the Earth's surface is proportional to the total duration of their exposure. The age of the surface and their absolute altitude above the active river channel is used to constrain valley lowering rates. We applied this approach in the Taroko gorge of the Liwu Chi river, Taiwan, an ideal natural laboratory for fluvial erosion studies because of its extreme, monsoonal climate and steady tectonic forcing, absence of significant glaciation, and availability of high-quality measurements of present day erosion. Fluvial incision rates between February 2000 and May 2002 are around 5 mm/yr (Hartshorn et al., 2002). Similar to these short-term incision rates are the long-term exhumation rates estimated from apatite fission tracks. However, 2.4 kyr old terrace deposits upstream of the Taroko gorge imply higher intermediate-term incision rates of 11 mm/yr (Liew, 1988). Minimum surface exposure ages derived from the concentration of in situ-produced 36Cl in marble, and corrected for topographic shielding range between 0.3 kyr and 5.8 kyr. Ages increase from 0.3 kyr 3 m above the modern river channel to an age of 3.6 kyr at an elevation of 55 m above the channel. Incision rates for these lowermost samples were calculated using the sample altitude above the river channel divided by the exposure age of the sample. The incision rates are high for the time period between 0.3 kyr and 1.0 kyr (43 mm/yr). Rates are lower for the time period between 1 kyr and 3.6 kyr (8 mm/yr). Samples collected at elevations between 55 m and 165 m show highly variable surface exposure ages. Simple age-elevation interpretation yields a high incision rate of 28 mm/yr. Above 165 m the ages decrease again to 1.0 kyr. This pattern can be explained by multiple exposure histories (e.g. exposure, burial by landslide material and re-exposure) or may be the result of complex weathering processes (e.g. preferential leaching of 36Cl over time).

  10. Geoarchaeology, the four dimensional (4D) fluvial matrix and climatic causality

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    Brown, A. G.

    2008-10-01

    Geoarchaeology is the application of geological and geomorphological techniques to archaeology and the study of the interactions of hominins with the natural environment at a variety of temporal and spatial scales. Geoarchaeology in the UK over the last twenty years has flourished largely because it has gone beyond technological and scientific applications. Over the same period our ability to reconstruct the 3-dimensional stratigraphy of fluvial deposits and the matrix of fluvial sites has increased dramatically because of a number of technological advances. These have included the use of LiDAR (laser imaging) and radar to produce high-resolution digital surface models, the use of geophysics, particularly ground penetrating radar and electrical resistivity, to produce sediment depth models, and the use of GIS and data visualisation techniques to manipulate and display the data. These techniques along with more systematic and detailed sedimentological recording of exposed sections have allowed the construction of more precise 3-dimensional (volumetric) models of the matrix of artefacts within fluvial deposits. Additionally a revolution in dating techniques, particularly direct sediment dating by luminescence methods, has enabled the creation of 4-dimensional models of the creation and preservation of these sites. These 4-dimensional models have the ability to provide far more information about the processes of site creation, preservation and even destruction, and also allow the integration of these processes with independent data sources concerning cultural evolution and climatic change. All improvements in the precision of dating fluvial deposits have archaeological importance in our need to translate events from a sequential or geological timeframe to human timescales. This allows geoarchaeology to make a more direct contribution to cultural history through the recognition of agency at the individual or group level. This data can then form a component of biocomplexity or agent-based modelling which is becoming increasingly used in the natural sciences, particularly ecology and geomorphology and which can be used to test scenarios including the impact on, and response of, hominins to abrupt or catastrophic environmental change. Whilst catastrophic events clearly represent the atypical they can be illuminating in revealing cognitive processes resulting in abandonment, coping, mitigation and innovation. These points are exemplified using two in-depth case studies: one from the Holocene geoarchaeological record of the River Trent in Central England and the other from the Palaeolithic record from rivers in South West Britain. In the former the interaction between climate change and human activity is illustrated at the year to century timescale whilst in the other the timescale is millennial. These case studies have deliberately been chosen to be as different as possible in temporal and spatial scale with the aim of examining the applicability of methodological and theoretical aspects of geoarchaeology. Lastly the paper considers the problem of scale in geoarchaeology and concludes it is process-dependency, which ultimately affects the questions we can ask, and that questions of human response to climate change are fundamentally a product of materiality and cognitive processes. This demands an in-depth contextual approach to such questions rather than database-driven assertions of causality.

  11. Temporal trends in fluvial-sediment discharge in Ohio, 1950-1987

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    Hindall, S.M.

    1991-01-01

    Long-term fluvial-sediment records of annual suspended-sediment discharge data are available for eight daily suspended-sediment stations operated in Ohio. Graphical and statistical analyses of long-term sediment records indicate that, in general, no long-term (>3- to 5-year) trends are readily apparent in the relation between annual mean suspended-sediment discharge and water discharge in Ohio; however, some short-term, year-to-year changes in that relation occur for Ohio streams. Double-mass curves for five daily suspended-sediment stations and seasonal Kendall analysis of data from eight daily suspended-sediment stations clearly illustrate the lack of any discernible changes in the suspended-sediment-discharge/water-discharge relation or in suspended-sediment concentration for most Ohio streams over the past 36 years. -from Author

  12. Stream restoration in dynamic fluvial systems: Scientific approaches, analyses, and tools

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    Schultz, Colin

    2012-04-01

    In the United States the average annual investment in river restoration programs is approximately $1 billion. Despite this burgeoning industry, the National Water Quality Inventory, which tracks the health of the nation's rivers, has shown no serious improvement in cumulative river health since the early 1990s. In the AGU monographStream Restoration in Dynamic Fluvial Systems: Scientific Approaches, Analyses, and Tools, editors Andrew Simon, Sean J. Bennett, and Janine M. Castro pull together the latest evidence-based understanding of stream restoration practices, with an aim of guiding the further development of the field and helping to right its apparently unsuccessful course. In this interview, Eos talks to Sean J. Bennett, University of Buffalo, about the culture, practice, and promise of restoring rivers.

  13. A unified framework for stability of channel bifurcations in gravel and sand fluvial systems

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    Bolla Pittaluga, Michele; Coco, Giovanni; Kleinhans, Maarten G.

    2015-09-01

    Bifurcating rivers shape natural landscapes by distributing water and sediments on fluvial plains and in deltas. Symmetrical bifurcations were often found to be unstable so that one branch downstream of the bifurcation enlarged while the other dwindled. A unified theory able to predict bifurcation stability in both gravel bed and sand bed rivers is still lacking. Here we develop a new theory for the stability of bifurcations for the entire range of gravel bed to sand bed rivers. The theory indicates opposite behavior of gravel bed and sand bed rivers: we predict that symmetrical bifurcations are inherently stable for intermediate Shields stresses but are inherently unstable for the low and high Shields stresses found in the majority of rivers on Earth. In the latter conditions asymmetrical bifurcations are stable. These predictions are corroborated by observations and have ramifications for many environmental problems in fluviodeltaic settings.

  14. The Origin of Warrego Valles: A Case Study for Fluvial Valley Formation on Early Mars

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    Gulick, Virginia C.; Dohm, James; Tanaka, Ken; Hare, Trent

    2000-01-01

    Warrego Valles is one of the best examples of a well integrated fluvial valley system that formed early in the geological history of Mars, the lack of similar erosion elsewhere along the edge of Thaumasia plateau is not consistent with a formation by rainfall. Instead the radial pattern of this valley system centered on a region of localized uplift argues for a more localized water source. We conclude that this uplift was most likely the result of a subsurface magmatic intrusion and that the estimated volume of this intrusion is sufficient to cause enough hydrothermal ground-water outflow to form the valley system. A possible alternative to this scenario is hydrothermal ground-water outflow combined with a melting snow pack.

  15. Enhancing the natural removal of As in a reactive fluvial confluence receiving acid drainage

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    Abarca, M. I.; Arce, G.; Montecinos, M.; Guerra, P. A.; Pasten, P.

    2014-12-01

    Fluvial confluences are natural reactors that can determine the fate of contaminants in watersheds receiving acid drainage. Hydrological, hydrodynamic and chemical factors determine distinct conditions for the formation of suspended particles of iron and aluminum oxyhydroxides. The chemical and physical properties of these particle assemblages (e.g. particle size, chemical composition) can vary according to inflow mixing ratios, hydrodynamic velocity profiles, and chemical composition of the flows mixing at the confluence. Due to their capacity to sorb metals, it is important to identify the optimal conditions for removing metals from the aqueous phase, particularly arsenic, a contaminant frequently found in acid drainage. We studied a river confluence in the Lluta watershed, located in the arid Chilean Altiplano. We performed field measurements and laboratory studies to find optimal mixing ratio for arsenic sorption onto oxyhydroxide particles at the confluence between the Azufre (pH=2, As=2 mg/L) and the Caracarani river (pH=8, As<0.1 mg/L). As the contribution of the acidic stream increased, the concentration of Fe and Al in the solid phase reached a peak at different pHs. Although the optimal pH for As sorption was ~3, the overall maximum removal of As at the confluence, ocurred for pH~4. This is produced because optimal As sorption does not occur necessarily for the highest concentrations of particles being formed. We propose that fluvial confluences could be engineered to enhance the natural attenuation of contaminants. An analogy between confluences and coagulation-flocculation-sedimentation drinking water plants could be used to engineer such intervention.Acknowledgements: Proyecto Fondecyt 1130936 and Proyecto CONICYT FONDAP 15110020

  16. Fluvial Morphology and Bedform Migration in the Ebb Tidal Dominated Duplin River, Georgia

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    Straub, J. A.; Hill, J. C.; Viso, R. F.; Peterson, R. N.; Carter, M. L.

    2014-12-01

    The Duplin River is an ebb-domintated, salt marsh drainage system west of Sapelo Island, Georgia. With no riverine input, flow in the Duplin is dependent on local surface run off, groundwater discharge and tidal flushing. Repeat multibeam bathymetry surveys within this system provide insight into sediment transport, current dynamics, and the migration of bottom features. Examination of bathymetric changes and the rate of bedform migration can be used to help estimate net sediment transport in fluvial and tidal systems. The swath bathymetry data presented here were collected during December 2009, March 2013, and June 2013 (high and low tide) aboard a small survey vessel, using a pole-mounted Kongsberg EM3002d multibeam bathymetry system. Along-stream profiles from bathymetry data collected during a single spring tidal cycle show little bedform migration, while the more temporally distant profiles record significant shifts in both small (cm-scale) and large (m-scale) bedform position, as well as changes in the morphology of large erosional scour depressions. Previous work has suggested the larger bedforms, which maintain an ebb-oriented geometry through both ebb and flood tide, are indicative of sediment transport rates that are an order of magnitude greater during the ebb tide (Zarillo, 1985). The new data suggest punctuated events, such as storm surges, may also play an important role in the fluvial transport, although more analysis is needed to determine how sediment storage changes in the Duplin river system over multiple tidal cycles. Integration of topographic LiDAR data, vegetation patterns, sediment composition, groundwater inputs and planform river morphology will also provide insight into sediment storage and transport within the system.

  17. Time and the persistence of alluvium: River engineering, fluvial geomorphology, and mining sediment in California

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    James, Allan

    1999-12-01

    River managers need to understand fluvial systems as they change through time. Many river systems are presently in a state of flux as a result of substantial anthropogenic changes to water and sediment regimes and channel hydraulics. Yet, historical approaches to understanding river systems rarely receive adequate attention because historical methodologies are not conducive to the application of quantitative analysis. While there is limited precision in most historical reconstructions, the information derived from these studies constrains other interpretations and is essential to a full understanding of the behavior of fluvial systems. Geomorphology provides a perspective on river systems in which time — at various scales — is interwoven into practical and theoretical aspects of scientific inquiry. Thus, geomorphology is important to our understanding of not only physical systems but also fundamental concepts of time. This study examines channel morphological changes in the Bear and American basins brought about by two episodes of sedimentation from hydraulic gold mining. The primary event was the production of more than 1 billion m 3 of sediment throughout the northern Sierra Nevada from 1853 to 1884 which caused aggradation in many channels across the Sierra foothills and Sacramento Valley. Assumptions by both engineers and geomorphologists that morphologic responses to this event were ephemeral, that sediment loads have returned to previous levels, and that deposits have stabilized, are not borne out by field and historical data in the Sacramento Valley. A secondary sedimentation event, not previously studied, was the production of at least 24 million m 3 of sediment during a period of licensed mining from 1893 to 1953. This episode of sedimentation has been largely overlooked as a geomorphic, hydrologic, or water quality event. Yet, channel morphologic responses in phase with mining during this period are demonstrated. Systematic changes in stage-discharge relationships reflect channel morphological changes that are relevant to flood risk assessments, stability of engineering structures on floodplains, and geomorphic interpretations.

  18. Short-term post-wildfire dry-ravel processes in a chaparral fluvial system

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    Florsheim, Joan L.; Chin, Anne; O'Hirok, Linda S.; Storesund, Rune

    2016-01-01

    Dry ravel, the transport of sediment by gravity, transfers material from steep hillslopes to valley bottoms during dry conditions. Following wildfire, dry ravel greatly increases in the absence of vegetation on hillslopes, thereby contributing to sediment supply at the landscape scale. Dry ravel has been documented as a dominant hillslope erosion mechanism following wildfire in chaparral environments in southern California. However, alteration after initial deposition is not well understood, making prediction of post-fire flood hazards challenging. The majority of Big Sycamore Canyon burned during the May 2013 Springs Fire leaving ash and a charred layer that covered hillslopes and ephemeral channels. Dry-ravel processes following the fire produced numerous deposits in the hillslope-channel transition zone. Field data focus on: 1) deposition from an initial post-wildfire dry-ravel pulse; and 2) subsequent alteration of dry ravel deposits over a seven-month period between September 2013 and April 2014. We quantify geomorphic responses in dry ravel deposits including responses during the one small winter storm that generated runoff following the fire. Field measurements document volumetric changes after initial post-wildfire deposition of sediment derived from dry ravel. Erosion and deposition mechanisms that occurred within dry-ravel deposits situated in the hillslope-channel transition zone included: 1) mobilization and transport of a portion or the entire deposit by fluvial erosion; 2) rilling on the surface of the unconsolidated deposits; 3) deposition on deposits via continued hillslope sediment supply; and 4) mass wasting that transfers sediment within deposits where surface profiles are near the angle of repose. Terrestrial LiDAR scanning point clouds were analyzed to generate profiles quantifying depth of sediment erosion or deposition over remaining dry ravel deposits after the first storm season. This study contributes to the understanding of potential effects of wildfire on fine sediment delivery to fluvial systems in chaparral ecosystems.

  19. Fluvial response to abrupt global warming at the Palaeocene/Eocene boundary.

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    Foreman, Brady Z; Heller, Paul L; Clementz, Mark T

    2012-11-01

    Climate strongly affects the production of sediment from mountain catchments as well as its transport and deposition within adjacent sedimentary basins. However, identifying climatic influences on basin stratigraphy is complicated by nonlinearities, feedback loops, lag times, buffering and convergence among processes within the sediment routeing system. The Palaeocene/Eocene thermal maximum (PETM) arguably represents the most abrupt and dramatic instance of global warming in the Cenozoic era and has been proposed to be a geologic analogue for anthropogenic climate change. Here we evaluate the fluvial response in western Colorado to the PETM. Concomitant with the carbon isotope excursion marking the PETM we document a basin-wide shift to thick, multistoried, sheets of sandstone characterized by variable channel dimensions, dominance of upper flow regime sedimentary structures, and prevalent crevasse splay deposits. This progradation of coarse-grained lithofacies matches model predictions for rapid increases in sediment flux and discharge, instigated by regional vegetation overturn and enhanced monsoon precipitation. Yet the change in fluvial deposition persisted long after the approximately 200,000-year-long PETM with its increased carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, emphasizing the strong role the protracted transmission of catchment responses to distant depositional systems has in constructing large-scale basin stratigraphy. Our results, combined with evidence for increased dissolved loads and terrestrial clay export to world oceans, indicate that the transient hyper-greenhouse climate of the PETM may represent a major geomorphic 'system-clearing event', involving a global mobilization of dissolved and solid sediment loads on Earth's surface. PMID:23128230

  20. Stratigraphic controls on facies characteristics and petrophysical attributes in fluvial channel sandstones

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    Cross, T.A.; Kusumanegara, Y.

    1995-08-01

    Previous studies of fluvial, alluvial fan and lacustrine strata have documented changes in stratigraphic architecture and facies that occur as a function of accommodation. One of the most pervasive change of this type is the degree to which original geomorphic elements, such as bedforms, bars and other macroforms, are preserved. In high accommodation conditions, a greater diversity and greater diversity and greater proportion of original bedforms are preserved in continental strata. The same continental environment will be represented by lower facies diversity, and more amalgamated and cannibalized bedforms under conditions of low accommodation. This study sought to determine whether these predictable changes in facies would be accompanied by changes in porosity and permeability, and whether very subtle changes in facies would have marked changes in porosity and permeability. We also wished to identify how subtle variations in facies would affect flow of hydrocarbons through reservoirs. To this end, we conducted stratigraphic, facies and petrophysical analyses of fluvial channelbelt sandstones and associated floodplain and lacustrine mudstones in an exhumed oil reservoir of Tertiary age in the Uinta basin, Utah (USA). Through measurements, we determined that visual estimates of the intensity of surface oil staining were an accurate proxy measurement of the pore volume, and all pore volumes were fully filled with dead, waxy oil. Three genetic sequences are exposed in quarry highwalls. Contrary to intuition, the most porous and permeable sandstones characteristic of the lowest unit would not make the most efficient reservoirs because permeability variations are so great they would be difficult to sweep effectively. Channelbelt sandstones of the intermediate accommodation have less variation in permeability, and yet retain sufficient porosity and permeability that they would be more efficient reservoirs.

  1. Interacting effects of climate and agriculture on fluvial DOM in temperate and subtropical catchments

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    Graeber, D.; Goyenola, G.; Meerhoff, M.; Zwirnmann, E.; Ovesen, N. B.; Glendell, M.; Gelbrecht, J.; Teixeira de Mello, F.; Gonzlez-Bergonzoni, I.; Jeppesen, E.; Kronvang, B.

    2015-01-01

    Dissolved organic matter (DOM) is an important factor in aquatic ecosystems, which is involved in a large variety of biogeochemical and ecological processes and recent literature suggests that it could be strongly affected by agriculture in different climates. Based on novel monitoring techniques, we investigated the interaction of climate and agriculture effects on DOM quantity and molecular composition. To examine this, we took water samples over two years in two paired intensive and extensive farming catchments in each Denmark (temperate climate) and Uruguay (subtropical climate). We measured dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and nitrogen (DON) concentrations and DOC and DON molecular fractions with size-exclusion chromatography. Moreover, we assessed DOM composition with absorbance and fluorescence measurements, as well as parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC). We also calculated DOC and DON loads based on daily discharge measurements, as well as measured precipitation and air temperature. In the catchments in Uruguay, the fluvial DOM was characterized by higher temporal variability of DOC and DON loads which were clearly related to a higher temporal variability of precipitation and a DOM composition with rather plant-like character relative to the Danish catchments. Moreover, we consistently found a higher temporal variability of DOC an DON loads in the intensive farming catchments than in the extensive farming catchments, with the highest temporal variability in the Uruguayan intensive farming catchment. Moreover, the composition of DOM exported from the intensive farming catchments was always complex and related to microbial processing in both Denmark and Uruguay. This was indicated by low C : N ratios, several spectroscopic DOM composition indexes and the PARAFAC fluorescence components. We propose that the consistent effect of intensive farming on DOM composition and the temporal variability of DOC and DON loads is related to similarities in the management of agriculture, which may have wide-scale implications for fluvial DOM composition, as well as related ecological processes and biogeochemical cycles.

  2. Microbiological Comparisons within and across Contiguous Lacustrine, Paleosol, and Fluvial Subsurface Sediments

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    Kieft, T. L.; Fredrickson, J. K.; McKinley, J. P.; Bjornstad, B. N.; Rawson, S. A.; Phelps, T. J.; Brockman, F. J.; Pfiffner, S. M.

    1995-01-01

    Twenty-six subsurface samples were collected from a borehole at depths of 173.3 to 196.8 m in the saturated zone at the Hanford Site in south-central Washington State. The sampling was performed throughout strata that included fine-grained lacustrine (lake) sediments, a paleosol (buried soil) sequence, and coarse-grained fluvial (river) sediments. A subcoring method and tracers were used to minimize and quantify contamination to obtain samples that were representative of subsurface strata. Sediment samples were tested for total organic carbon, inorganic carbon, total microorganisms by direct microscopic counts, culturable aerobic heterotrophs by plate counts, culturable anaerobes by most-probable-number enumeration, basal respiration rates, and mineralization of (sup14)C-labeled glucose and acetate. Total direct microscopic counts of microorganisms were low, ranging from below detection to 1.9 x 10(sup5) cells g (dry weight)(sup-1). Culturable aerobes and anaerobes were below minimum levels of detection in most samples. Direct microscopic counts, basal respiration rates, and (sup14)C-glucose mineralization were all positively correlated with total organic carbon and were highest in the lacustrine sediments. In contrast to previous subsurface studies, these saturated-zone samples did not have higher microbial abundance and activities than unsaturated sediments sampled from the same borehole, the fine-textured lacustrine sediment had higher microbial numbers and activities than the coarse-textured fluvial sands, and the paleosol samples did not have higher biomass and activities relative to the other sediments. The results of this study expand the subsurface microbiology database to include information from an environment very different from those previously studied. PMID:16534940

  3. Mineralogical and chemical variability of fluvial sediments. 1. Bedload sand (Ganga-Brahmaputra, Bangladesh)

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    Garzanti, Eduardo; And, Sergio; France-Lanord, Christian; Vezzoli, Giovanni; Censi, Paolo; Galy, Valier; Najman, Yani

    2010-11-01

    This study investigates the natural processes that control concentration of detrital minerals and consequently chemical elements in river sand. The novelty of our approach consists in the systematic integration of detailed textural, petrographical, mineralogical and chemical data, and in the quantitative description and modeling of relationships among mineralogical and chemical variables for each sample and each grain-size class in each sample. Bed sediment in transit in the largest sedimentary system on Earth chiefly consists of fine-grained lithofeldspathoquartzose sand including rich amphibole-epidote-garnet suites, mixed with minor very-fine-grained-sand to silt subpopulations containing less heavy minerals and representing intermittent suspension. Mineralogical and particularly chemical differences between Ganga and Brahmaputra bedload are orders of magnitude less than both intersample variability associated with selective-entrainment effects and intrasample variability associated with settling-equivalence effects. Any provenance interpretation of mineralogical, chemical, or detrital-geochronology datasets therefore requires quantitative understanding of hydraulically controlled compositional variability. Mineralogical and chemical, intrasample and intersample variability can be deduced with simple equations and numerical solutions. The underlying assumptions on the chemical composition of detrital minerals, as well as the possible pitfalls, uncertainties and approximations involved are discussed. Principal results include calibration of rare REE-bearing ultradense minerals, ill-determined by optical analyses but crucial in both detrital-geochronology and settling-equivalence studies, and assessment of progressively changing concentration for any detrital component with increasing intensity of selective-entrainment effects. Contributions by each mineral group to the chemical budget were inferred with sufficient precision and accuracy. Although complex because of diverse controlling factors including provenance, weathering and anthropogenic pollution, mineralogical and consequently chemical variability of fluvial sediments can be quantitatively predicted. This path, difficult because of insufficient information but far from hopeless, shall eventually lead to more accurate calculation of sediment fluxes and chemical budgets, as well as to a deeper understanding of sedimentary geochemistry and fluvial sedimentology.

  4. Transformation from Fluvial to Karstic Morphology - Case Study of Mid Altitude Alpine Plateau in NW Slovenia

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    Brencic, Mihael

    2010-05-01

    Geomorphology of Alpine area is very often related to fast processes related to tectonic events, glaciations and postglacial development. Where rocks prone to karstification are present interesting geomorphic pleasures can developed. In the area of the Dinaric Alpine karst transition zone process where the transformation from fluvial geomorphic system to the karstic geomorphic system is present is rarely preserved. In this study we are presenting results of detailed geomorphological mapping of Meakla plateau (between 1100 and 1700 m a.s.l.) in the region of NW Slovenia. On all sides plateau is limited with deep valleys where in the Pleistocene glaciers were present. However, available evidences show that in the last glacial period plateau was not covered with ice. The plateau consists mainly of Triasic carbonates. In the south, in the stratigraphical lower part thin bedded limestone with chert is present, on the north thick bedded Dachstein limestone and dolomite is present. The whole area is dissected by NW-SE faults and thin bedded limestone is frequently folded. In the whole plateau karstic features are developed. They geomorphology differ according to underlying lithology, however differences are also the consequence of different surface development. On north part with Dachstein beds typical karstic surface with large concentric dolines is formed. On the south thin bedded limestone is covered with thick soils and shallow valleys and dolines are developed within. Some sediment collapse features are also present. They are indicating the transformation from fluvial system to the karstic system due to the drop of groundwater level. This event has probably developed after the retreat of the glacier.

  5. A power-law approximation for fluvial incision by tools and bed coverage processes

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    Brandon, M. T.; Gasparini, N. M.

    2005-12-01

    The stream-power model is widely used to represent fluvial incision in bedrock channels. The model does not account for the amount of sediment in the channel, which can abrade the channel at low concentrations or armor the channel at high concentrations. Here we use a natural example (Clearwater River, Washington State, USA) and numerical experiments to explore how sediment flux influences bedrock incision at a drainage-wide scale. We have generated numerical landscapes with different uplift patterns using the CHILD numerical model and incision rules that include a tools-and-coverage formulation. We then use regression analysis to fit a power-law function I=K*Am*Sn*, where I is incision rate, S slope, and A drainage area, and K*, m*, and n* are fit parameters. We find that this formulation works very well for the Clearwater and all of our numerical experiments. The function has the same form as the stream-power model, but the parameters are empirically defined (as indicated by the asterisks) and can take on values quite different than those inferred from process-based arguments. The best-fit parameters appear to be constant at the scale of a single drainage, but they vary between drainages depending on the pattern of uplift, and whether or not the landscape has reached steady-state. In all cases, slope-area steepness analysis works well for estimating relative incision rates. Our analysis indicates that, in some cases, m* can be quite low, apparently due to the fact that bed coverage increases with increasing area. We conclude that the power-law formulation provides a good functional representation of fluvial incision, but that there are no universal values for m* and n*. These conclusions have important implications for the size of mountain belts and feedbacks between tectonic uplift and surface processes.

  6. Tectonics from Fluvial Topography Using Formal Linear Inversion: Theory and Applications to the Inyo Mountains, California

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    Goren, L.; Fox, M.; Willett, S.

    2014-12-01

    Tectonic activity generates topography, and the variability of tectonic forcing is responsible for topographic patterns and variability of relief in fluvial landscapes. Despite this basic relation, the inverse problem, by which features of the topography are used for inferring tectonic uplift rates, has proven challenging. In the current work, we develop formal linear inversion schemes to infer a record of the rate of relative uplift as a function of space and time from the long profiles of rivers. The relative uplift rate is the difference between the rates of rock uplift and of the base level change. The inversion schemes are based on a closed-form analytic solution to the transient linear stream power model, and to increase model resolution they make use of the multiplicity of information made available by multiple rivers and their tributaries. The distribution of the fluvial response time to tectonic perturbations is a key component of the inversion scheme,?as this determines which tectonic events are preserved in the topography. We develop two inversion parameterizations that differ in their assumptions about the tectonic forcing: space-invariant and time-space variability with an assumed spatial distribution. We apply the inversion schemes to the Inyo Mountains, an uplifted block along the western boundary of the Basin and Range Province in California. Inversion results indicate that the range has been experiencing an acceleration of the relative uplift in the past ~2-3 Myr. We further use the inversion results to constrain the paleotopography and paleo-erosion rate along the range and to recover the throw rate history along the fault that bounds the Inyo range.

  7. Contrasting vulnerability of drained tropical and high-latitude peatlands to fluvial loss of stored carbon

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    Evans, Chris D.; Page, Susan E.; Jones, Tim; Moore, Sam; Gauci, Vincent; Laiho, Raija; Hruka, Jakub; Allott, Tim E. H.; Billett, Michael F.; Tipping, Ed; Freeman, Chris; Garnett, Mark H.

    2014-11-01

    Carbon sequestration and storage in peatlands rely on consistently high water tables. Anthropogenic pressures including drainage, burning, land conversion for agriculture, timber, and biofuel production, cause loss of pressures including drainage, burning, land conversion for agriculture, timber, and biofuel production, cause loss of peat-forming vegetation and exposure of previously anaerobic peat to aerobic decomposition. This can shift peatlands from net CO2 sinks to large CO2 sources, releasing carbon held for millennia. Peatlands also export significant quantities of carbon via fluvial pathways, mainly as dissolved organic carbon (DOC). We analyzed radiocarbon (14C) levels of DOC in drainage water from multiple peatlands in Europe and Southeast Asia, to infer differences in the age of carbon lost from intact and drained systems. In most cases, drainage led to increased release of older carbon from the peat profile but with marked differences related to peat type. Very low DOC-14C levels in runoff from drained tropical peatlands indicate loss of very old (centuries to millennia) stored peat carbon. High-latitude peatlands appear more resilient to drainage; 14C measurements from UK blanket bogs suggest that exported DOC remains young (<50 years) despite drainage. Boreal and temperate fens and raised bogs in Finland and the Czech Republic showed intermediate sensitivity. We attribute observed differences to physical and climatic differences between peatlands, in particular, hydraulic conductivity and temperature, as well as the extent of disturbance associated with drainage, notably land use changes in the tropics. Data from the UK Peak District, an area where air pollution and intensive land management have triggered Sphagnum loss and peat erosion, suggest that additional anthropogenic pressures may trigger fluvial loss of much older (>500 year) carbon in high-latitude systems. Rewetting at least partially offsets drainage effects on DOC age.

  8. Fluvial changes of the Guadalquivir river during the Holocene in Crdoba (Southern Spain)

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    Uribelarrea, David; Benito, Gerardo

    2008-08-01

    Holocene fluvial changes of the Guadalquivir River at Crdoba City were studied with an emphasis on floodplain development, river migration rates, sedimentation rates and environmental history. During the Holocene, the Guadalquivir River has developed a large meander (El Arenal) with a general southwards lateral migration, undercutting Tertiary bedrock, and with a total incision of 9 m, which developed three alluvial surfaces: Fp1, Fp2 and Fp3. The oldest floodplain surface Fp1 (+ 7-9 m) was deposited during the early Holocene and reached its maximum extent around 1000 yr BP. The next floodplain surface Fp2 (+ 5 m) accumulated 500 to 1000 yr ago. Finally, the youngest floodplain surface (Fp3, + 1-2 m) was developed in the last 500 yr. Migration rates and direction changed from 690-480 m 2 yr - 1 in Fp1 (to the southeast), 2280 m 2 yr - 1 in Fp2 and 620 m 2 yr - 1 in Fp3 (to the west). The stratigraphical study of palaeomeanders and chute channel deposits show evidence of river position and dynamics through recent times: (1) "San Eduardo" was filled 4000 yr BP; (2) "Madre Vieja" has been active since 2100 yr BP to the present day; and (3) "El Cortijo" was formed and filled during historical times (the last 1000 yr). The chronology of the alluvial stratigraphy and fluvial dynamics are discussed within the context of historical hydrologic, climatic and anthropogenic changes. In addition, the geomorphological reconstruction of the riverine landscape in historical times provided some clue to the location of Medinat al-Zahira, a lost Muslim settlement built in the 10th century AD and believed to be situated at, or nearby, the Arenal meander. Paleogeographical analysis shows that the most suitable conditions for this medieval settlement were found on the northeast part of the Arenal meander.

  9. Fluvial systems response to rift margin tectonics: Makhtesh Ramon area, southern Israel

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    Ben-David, Ram; Eyal, Yehuda; Zilberman, Ezra; Bowman, Dan

    2002-06-01

    The geomorphic evolution of Makhtesh Ramon, a feather-shaped erosional valley, and the Nahal Neqarot drainage system to the south occurred largely in response to tectonic activity along the Dead Sea Rift and its western shoulder. Remnants of Miocene clastic sediments (Hazeva Formation) deposited on an erosional peneplain that formed over this area during the Oligocene epoch provide a datum plane for reconstructing subsequent fluvial evolution. These clastic remnants are presently located on the shoulders of Makhtesh Ramon at various elevations. The peneplain truncating the Makhtesh Ramon block has been tilted 0.7% northeastward since the Pliocene epoch (post-Hazeva Formation), whereas that of the Neqarot syncline, south of the Ramon, has been tilted 1.2%. The elliptical exposure of friable Lower Cretaceous sandstone, exposed in the core of the truncated Ramon structure, governed the development of a new ENE directed (riftward) drainage system through capture of streams that previously drained toward the Mediterranean Sea to the northwest. Incised fluvial gaps in the southern rim of Makhtesh Ramon and alluvial fan relicts within Makhtesh Ramon attest to original drainage into the Makhtesh from the south. Remnants of the Plio-Pleistocene Arava Conglomerate on the eastern end of the Neqarot syncline contain clasts from rocks exposed within Makhtesh Ramon, also indicating that streams flowed into the Makhtesh from the southern Neqarot block through the western gaps, then turning eastward and exiting the Makhtesh via the next (Sha'ar-Ramon) gap to the east. Further down-faulting of the Neqarot block during Mid-Late Pleistocene time led to westward retreat of the Neqarot valley and capture of the last stream flowing northward into the Ramon, leaving the modern Makhtesh Ramon isolated from the southern drainage system.

  10. Dynamic connectivity in a fluvial network for identifying hotspots of geomorphic change

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    Czuba, Jonathan A.; Foufoula-Georgiou, Efi

    2015-03-01

    Dynamical processes occurring on the hierarchical branching structure of a river network tend to heterogeneously distribute fluxes on the network, often concentrating them into "clusters," i.e., places of excess flux accumulation. Here, we put forward the hypothesis that places in the network predisposed (due to process dynamics and network topology) to accumulate excess sediment over a considerable river reach and over a considerable period of time reflect locations where a local imbalance in sediment flux may occur thereby highlighting a susceptibility to potential fluvial geomorphic change. We develop a dynamic connectivity framework which uses the river network structure and a simplified Lagrangian transport model to trace fluxes through the network and integrate emergent "clusters" through a cluster persistence index (CPI). The framework was applied to sand transport in the Greater Blue Earth River Network in the Minnesota River Basin. Three hotspots of fluvial geomorphic change were defined as locations where high rates of channel migration were observed and places of high CPI coincided with two of these hotspots of possibly sediment-driven change. The third hotspot was not identified by high CPI, but instead is believed to be a hotspot of streamflow-driven change based on additional information and the fact that high bed shear stress coincided with this hotspot. The proposed network-based dynamic connectivity framework has the potential to place dynamical processes occurring at small scales into a network context to understand how reach-scale changes cascade into network-scale effects, useful for informing the large-scale consequences of local management actions.

  11. An optical age chronology of late Quaternary extreme fluvial events recorded in Ugandan dambo soils

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    Mahan, S.A.; Brown, D.J.

    2007-01-01

    There is little geochonological data on sedimentation in dambos (seasonally saturated, channel-less valley floors) found throughout Central and Southern Africa. Radiocarbon dating is problematic for dambos due to (i) oxidation of organic materials during dry seasons; and (ii) the potential for contemporary biological contamination of near-surface sediments. However, for luminescence dating the equatorial site and semi-arid climate facilitate grain bleaching, while the gentle terrain ensures shallow water columns, low turbidity, and relatively long surface exposures for transported grains prior to deposition and burial. For this study, we focused on dating sandy strata (indicative of high-energy fluvial events) at various positions and depths within a second-order dambo in central Uganda. Blue-light quartz optically stimulated luminescences (OSL) ages were compared with infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL) and thermoluminescence (TL) ages from finer grains in the same sample. A total of 8 samples were dated, with 6 intervals obtained at ???35, 33, 16, 10.4, 8.4, and 5.9 ka. In general, luminescence ages were stratigraphically, geomorphically and ordinally consistent and most blue-light OSL ages could be correlated with well-dated climatic events registered either in Greenland ice cores or Lake Victoria sediments. Based upon OSL age correlations, we theorize that extreme fluvial dambo events occur primarily during relatively wet periods, often preceding humid-to-arid transitions. The optical ages reported in this study provide the first detailed chronology of dambo sedimentation, and we anticipate that further dambo work could provide a wealth of information on the paleohydrology of Central and Southern Africa. ?? 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Fluvial response to Holocene volcanic damming and breaching in the Gediz and Geren rivers, western Turkey

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    van Gorp, W.; Veldkamp, A.; Temme, A. J. A. M.; Maddy, D.; Demir, T.; van der Schriek, T.; Reimann, T.; Wallinga, J.; Wijbrans, J.; Schoorl, J. M.

    2013-11-01

    This study discusses the complex late Holocene evolution of the Gediz River north of Kula, western Turkey, when a basaltic lava flow dammed and filled this river valley. Age control was obtained using established and novel feldspar luminescence techniques on fluvial sands below and on top of the flow. This dating constrained the age of the lava flow to 3.0-2.6 ka. Two damming locations caused by the lava flow have been investigated. The upstream dam caused lake formation and siltation of the upstream Gediz. The downstream dam blocked both the Gediz and a tributary river, the Geren. The associated lake was not silted up because the upstream dam already trapped all the Gediz sediments. Backfillings of the downstream lake are found 1.5 km upstream into the Geren valley. The downstream dam breached first, after which the upstream dam breached creating an outburst flood that imbricated boulders of 10 m3 size and created an epigenetic gorge. The Gediz has lowered its floodplain level at least 15 m since the time of damming, triggering landslides, some of which are active until present. The lower reach of the Geren has experienced fast base level lowering and changed regime from meandering to a straight channel. Complex response to base level change is still ongoing in the Geren and Gediz catchments. These findings are summarized in a diagram conceptualizing lava damming and breaching events. This study demonstrates that one lava flow filling a valley floor can block a river at several locations, leading to different but interrelated fluvial responses of the same river system to the same lava flow.

  13. Lower Vistula fluvial lakes as possible places of deep groundwaters effluence (Grudzi?dz Basin, North Central Poland)

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    Kordowski, Jaroslaw; Kubiak-Wjcicka, Katarzyna; Solarczyk, Adam; Tyszkowski, Sebastian

    2014-05-01

    Regarding the outflow the Vistula River is the largest river in the Baltic catchment. In its lower course, below Bydgoszcz, in the Late Holocene Vistula channel adopted an weakly anastomosing fluvial pattern destroyed by intensive human hydrotechnical activity and by the regulation which have intensified about 200 years ago. Channel regulation have left many artificially separated fluvial lakes. Part of them infilled rapidly but the majority have persisted to present day almost unchanged. It has also arised the question: what drives the resistence for silting? To solve the problem there were conducted simultaneous hydrological and geomorphological investigations, because there were two concepts: one that the mineral material is removed from fluvial lakes while high stands by flood waters and second that the material is removed due to high groundwater "exchange" rate when the fluvial lake has a sufficient hydrological connectivity to the main Vistula channel. The Vistula valley crosses morainic plains of the last glaciation. On the average it has about 10 km width and is incised about 70 - 80 m deep, compared to neighbouring plains, dissecting all the Quaternary aquifers. On the floodplain area the Quaternary sediments lay with a layer of only 10-20 m thickness over Miocene and Oligocene sands. In favourable conditions, particularly while a low stand there exists the possibility of Tertiary water migration toward the surface of fluvial lakes provided they have not continuous flood sediments cover on their floors. As an example of such a lake with an intensive water exchange rate by supposed deep groundwaters was chosen the Old Vistula lake (Stara Wis?a) near Grudzi?dz town. The lake has an area of 40 ha, mean depth 1,73 m, maximum depth 8 m, length about 4 km and medium width about 100 m. In the years 2011-2014, with two weeks frequency, in its surficial water layer were conducted measures which included temperature, pH, Eh, suspended matter amount, total and carbonaceous mineralization. Similar measurements were also conducted in other fluvial lakes and Vistula tributaries. Investigations carried proved the general similarity between physical and chemical properties of lakes and watercourses analysed. However, there exists distinct gradient of carbonaceous mineralization from small values in the Vistula channel to high values at the valley edges. PH and Eh parameters in the Old Vistula lake were different than in all other surveyed sites what leads to conclusion that it is fed by deeper groundwaters than in the case of other fluvial lakes and Vistula tributaries, particularly in low water stand times. Acknowledgements: This study is a contribution to the Virtual Institute of Integrated Climate and Landscape Evolution (ICLEA) of the Helmholtz Association.

  14. Climatic implications of correlated upper Pleistocene glacial and fluvial deposits on the Cinca and Gallego rivers, NE Spain

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    Lewis, Claudia J; Mcdonald, Eric; Sancho, Carlos; Pena, Jose- Luis

    2008-01-01

    We correlate Upper Pleistocene glacial and fluvial deposits of the Cinca and Gallego River valleys (south central Pyrenees and Ebro basin, Spain) using geomorphic position, luminescence dates, and time-related trends in soil development. The ages obtained from glacial deposits indicate glacial periods at 85 {+-} 5 ka, 64 {+-} 11 ka, and 36 {+-} 3 ka (from glacial till) and 20 {+-} 3 ka (from loess). The fluvial drainage system, fed by glaciers in the headwaters, developed extensive terrace systems in the Cinca River valley at 178 {+-} 21 ka, 97 {+-} 16 ka, 61 {+-} 4 ka, 47 {+-} 4 ka, and 11 {+-} 1 ka, and in the Gallego River valley at 151 {+-} 11 ka, 68 {+-} 7 ka, and 45 {+-} 3 ka. The times of maximum geomorphic activity related to cold phases coincide with Late Pleistocene marine isotope stages and heinrich events. The maximum extent of glaciers during the last glacial occurred at 64 {+-} 11 ka, and the terraces correlated with this glacial phase are the most extensive in both the Cinca (61 {+-} 4 ka) and Gallego (68 {+-} 7 ka) valleys, indicating a strong increase in fluvial discharge and availability of sediments related to the transition to deglaciation. The global Last Glacial Maximum is scarcely represented in the south central Pyrenees owing to dominantly dry conditions at that time. Precipitation must be controlled by the position of the Iberian Peninsula with respect to the North Atlantic atmospheric circulation system. The glacial systems and the associated fluvial dynamic seem sensitive to (1) global climate changes controlled by insolation, (2) North Atlantic thermohaline circulation influenced by freshwater pulses into the North Atlantic, and (3) anomalies in atmospheric circulation in the North Atlantic controlling precipitation on the Iberian peninsula. The model of glacial and fluvial evolution during the Late Pleistocene in northern Spain could be extrapolated to other glaciated mountainous areas in southern Europe.

  15. [Water birds from Agua Dulce lake and El Ermitao estuary, Jalisco, Mexico].

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    Hernndez Vzquez, Salvador

    2005-01-01

    Waterbird abundance, and seasonal and spatial distribution, were studied in two natural water pools at Jalisco, Mexico, from December 1997 through November 1998. Maximum monthly abundance in Agua Dulce lake and El Ermitao estuary was 86 471 birds (29 686 in Agua Dulce and 56 785 in Ermitao), with a total cummulative abundance of 179 808 individuals (66 976 in Agua Dulce and 112 832 in Ermitao). A total of 87 waterbirds species were recorded, 78 in Agua Dulce and 73 in Ermitao. The higher species richness and abundance was observed during winter, when migratory species arrived. Most species prefered shallow waters, except seabirds which prefered protected areas such as dunes in Agua Dulce. Other groups, like clucks and related species. prefered low salinity areas, for example in the south-east area of Ermitao. The higher abundance of the shorehirds was found when the water level on the estuary was low. Herons were seen often at areas with high salinity and influenced by tides (e.g. mouth of Ermitao). PMID:17354436

  16. Agua Caliente Wind/Solar Project at Whitewater Ranch

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    Hooks, Todd; Stewart, Royce

    2014-12-16

    Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (ACBCI) was awarded a grant by the Department of Energy (DOE) to study the feasibility of a wind and/or solar renewable energy project at the Whitewater Ranch (WWR) property of ACBCI. Red Mountain Energy Partners (RMEP) was engaged to conduct the study. The ACBCI tribal lands in the Coachella Valley have very rich renewable energy resources. The tribe has undertaken several studies to more fully understand the options available to them if they were to move forward with one or more renewable energy projects. With respect to the resources, the WWR property clearly has excellent wind and solar resources. The DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has continued to upgrade and refine their library of resource maps. The newer, more precise maps quantify the resources as among the best in the world. The wind and solar technology available for deployment is also being improved. Both are reducing their costs to the point of being at or below the costs of fossil fuels. Technologies for energy storage and microgrids are also improving quickly and present additional ways to increase the wind and/or solar energy retained for later use with the network management flexibility to provide power to the appropriate locations when needed. As a result, renewable resources continue to gain more market share. The transitioning to renewables as the major resources for power will take some time as the conversion is complex and can have negative impacts if not managed well. While the economics for wind and solar systems continue to improve, the robustness of the WWR site was validated by the repeated queries of developers to place wind and/or solar there. The robust resources and improving technologies portends toward WWR land as a renewable energy site. The business case, however, is not so clear, especially when the potential investment portfolio for ACBCI has several very beneficial and profitable alternatives.

  17. Fluvial landscapes - human societies interactions during the last 2000 years: the Middle Loire River and its embanking since the Middle Ages (France)

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    Castanet, Cyril; Carcaud, Nathalie

    2015-04-01

    This research deals with the study of fluvial landscapes, heavily and precociously transformed by societies (fluvial anthroposystems). It aims to characterize i), fluvial responses to climate, environmental and anthropogenic changes ii), history of hydraulical constructions relative to rivers iii), history of fluvial origin risks and their management - (Program: AGES Ancient Geomorphological EvolutionS of the Loire River hydrosystem). The Middle Loire River valley in the Val d'Orléans was strongly and precociously occupied, particularly during historical periods. Hydrosedimentary flows are there irregular. The river dykes were built during the Middle Ages (dykes named turcies) and the Modern Period, but ages and localizations of the oldest dykes were not precisely known. A systemic and multi-scaled approach aimed to characterize i), palaeo-hydrographical, -hydrological and -hydraulical evolutions of the Loire River, fluvial risks (palaeo-hazards and -vulnerabilities) and their management. It is based on an integrated approach, in and out archaeological sites: morpho-stratigraphy, sedimentology, geophysics, geochemistry, geomatics, geochronology, archaeology. Spatio-temporal variability of fluvial hazards is characterized. A model of the Loire River fluvial activity is developed: multicentennial scale variability, with higher fluvial activity episodes during the Gallo-Roman period, IX-XIth centuries and LIA. Fluvial patterns changes are indentified. Settlement dynamics and hydraulical constructions of the valley are specified. We establish the ages and localizations of the oldest discovered dikes of the Middle Loire River: after the Late Antiquity and before the end of the Early Middle Ages (2 dated dykes), between Bou and Orléans cities. During historical periods, we suggest 2 main thresholds concerning socio-environmental interactions: the first one during the Early Middle Ages (turcies: small scattered dykes), the second during the Modern Period (levees: high quasi-continuous dykes).

  18. Observations of Near-Bed Deposition and Resuspension Processes at the Fluvial-Tidal Transition Using High Resolution Adcp, Adv, and Lisst

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    Haught, D. R.; Stumpner, P.

    2012-12-01

    Processes that determine deposition and resuspension of sediment in fluvial and tidal systems are complicated and difficult to predict because of turbulence-sediment interaction. In fluvial systems net sediment deposition rates near the bed are determined by shear stresses that occur when turbulence interacts with the bed and the entrained sediment above. In tidal systems, processes are driven primarily by the confounding factors of slack water and reversing flow. In this study we investigate near-bed sediment fluxes, settling velocities and sediment size distributions during a change from a fluvial signal to a tidal signal. In order to examine these processes a high resolution, high frequency ADCP, ADV, water quality sonde and LISST data were collocated at the fluvial-tidal transition in the Sacramento River at Freeport, CA. Data were collected at 15-30 minute increments for a month`. Data were dissevered into fluvial and tidal components. Acoustic backscatterence was used as a surrogate to sediment concentration and sediment flux () was calculated from the turbulence properties. Settling velocities were computed from the diffusion-advection equation assuming equilibrium of settling and re-suspension fluxes. Particle density was back-calculated from median particle diameter and calculated settling velocities (Reynolds number<0.5) using Stokes' law. Preliminary results suggest that during peak fluvial discharge that the diffusion-advection gives poor estimates of settling velocities as inferred from particle densities above 3500 kg/m3. During the transition from fluvial to tidal signal and throughout the tidal signal particle densities range from 2650 kg/m3 to 1000 kg/m3, suggesting that settling velocities were accurately estimated. Thus the equilibrium assumption appears poor during high fluvial discharge and reasonable during low fluvial discharge when tidal signal is dominant.

  19. Application of Uav Photogrammetry for Assessment of Fluvial Dynamics of a Montane Stream. Case Study - Roklanský Creek, Šumava Mts., Europe.

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    Langhammer, J.; Miřijovský, J.; Hartvich, F.; Kaiglová, J.

    2014-12-01

    Current progress in hydrology and fluvial geomorphology is largely driven by the newly emerging survey and detection techniques, employing advanced technologies for remote sensing and monitoring of the runoff processes and fluvial dynamics. The contribution demonstrates the potential of the fusion of experimental survey methods for analysis of fluvial dynamics of a montane stream. The UAV photogrammetry, optical granulometry, ground LiDAR scanning and sensor network monitoring were applied as a base for building hydrodynamic model for simulation of fluvial dynamics. The UAV photogrammetry is employed to acquire high precision DTM and especially for quantitative analysis of volumetric changes related to initial flood events. The hexacopter platform has been used to acquire the data for photogrammetric analysis of complex stretch of stream with historically elevated fluvial dynamics. The SfM algorithm was used to extract accurate DTM of the channel and to consequently analyze the volumetric changes after a flood event. The sensor network with automated high frequency water level monitoring was used to derive information on hydrological properties of initial flood event. The digital granulometry enabled to analyze the structure of sedimentary material in floodplain. The terrestrial LiDAR scanning allows construction of very detailed 3D models of selected fluvial forms, enabling deeper insight into the effects of fluvial dynamics and to verify the spatial information acquired using UAS photogrammetry. The results of above mentioned techniques are applied to build hydrodynamic model explaining threshold conditions for initiation of changes in fluvial morphology of the riverbed in relation to known and theoretical flood magnitude. The results achieved in the study enabled us to discuss the synergic potential of coupling the UAV photogrammetry, sensor networks and other high precision survey techniques to enhance significantly our knowledge on the dynamics of fluvial systems.

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  1. Dispersion of channel-sediment contaminants in distributary fluvial systems: Application to fluvial tephra and radionuclide redistribution following a potential volcanic eruption at Yucca Mountain

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    Pelletier, Jon D.; DeLong, Stephen B.; Cline, Michael L.; Harrington, Charles D.; Keating, Gordon N.

    2008-02-01

    Predicting the fluvial transport and mixing of channel-sediment contaminants is necessary for assessing and mitigating heavy-metal and nuclear-waste contamination in rivers. The dilution-mixing model is widely used for this purpose in tributary channel systems that transport contaminants as bed-material load without significant overbank sedimentation. Here a more general, three-dimensional (3D) contaminant transport numerical model is developed and tested based on bed scour, turbulent mixing of contaminant material with uncontaminated channel-bed sediments, and re-deposition of the mixture by the cumulative effect of many flood events. First, the model is applied to a synthetic alluvial-fan environment downstream from a localized contaminant source in order to illustrate the model behavior. Second, the model is validated against measured tephra concentrations in channels downstream from the Lathrop Wells scoria cone volcano, a localized source of basaltic tephra to downstream channels otherwise comprised of non-basaltic sediments. Third, the model is applied to the problem of predicting the concentration of radionuclide-bound tephra in channels downstream from the proposed nuclear-waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, in the event of a volcanic eruption through the repository. Contaminated tephra is mobilized from the landscape in this model using threshold criteria for hillslope gradient and channel stream power. Mobilized contaminated tephra is mixed with uncontaminated channel-bed sediments using the contaminant transport model and deposited in channels of the Fortymile Wash alluvial fan where the residents nearest to the proposed repository live. The results of twenty Monte Carlo simulations of eruption fallout and post-eruption redistribution corresponding to a range of wind conditions and eruption magnitudes provide information on the mean and variability of contaminated tephra concentrations to be expected in channels of the Fortymile Wash alluvial fan in the event of an eruption. Mean tephra concentrations are approximately 1% but vary from nearly zero to as high as 26%, reflecting the combined effects of wind direction, eruption magnitude, and dilution of tephra with uncontaminated channel-bed sediments during transport.

  2. Sediment accumulation rates and high-resolution stratigraphy of recent fluvial suspension deposits in various fluvial settings, Morava River catchment area, Czech Republic

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    Sedláček, Jan; Bábek, Ondřej; Kielar, Ondřej

    2016-02-01

    We present a comprehensive study concerning sedimentary processes in fluvial sediment traps within the Morava River catchment area (Czech Republic) involving three dammed reservoirs, four meanders and oxbow lakes, and several natural floodplain sites. The objective of the study was to determine sediment accumulation rates (SAR), estimate erosion rates, calculating these using a combination of the 137Cs method and historical data. Another purpose of this study was to provide insight into changing erosion and accumulation rates over the last century. Extensive water course modifications were carried out in the Morava River catchment area during the twentieth century, which likely affected sedimentation rates along the river course. Other multiproxy stratigraphic methods (X-ray densitometry, magnetic susceptibility, and visible-light reflectance spectrometry) were applied to obtain additional information about sediment infill. Sediment stratigraphy revealed distinct distal-to-proximal patterns, especially in reservoirs. Granulometrically, silts and sandy silts prevailed in sediments. Oxbow lakes and meanders contained larger amounts of clay and organic matter, which is the main difference between them and reservoirs. Pronounced 137Cs peaks were recorded in all studied cores (maximum 377 Bq·kg- 1), thus indicating Chernobyl fallout from 1986 or older events. Calculated sediment accumulation rates were lowest in distal parts of reservoirs (0.13-0.58 cm/y) and floodplains (0.45-0.88 cm/y), moderately high rates were found in proximal parts of reservoirs and oxbow lakes (2.27-4.4 cm/y), and the highest rates in some oxbow lakes located near the river (6-8 cm/y). The frequency of the inundation still can be high in some natural areas as in the Litovelské Pomoraví protected area, whereas the decreasing frequency of the inundation in other modified parts can contribute to a lower sedimentation rate. The local effects such as difference between SARs in oxbow lakes and reservoirs, different grain size distribution in both systems, and high variability in thickness of their proximal and distal parts play a crucial role in the analysis of regional accumulation rates. Local effects are much stronger than regional effects, such as rainfall and land use. Combined with the low resolution of time scales (usually only three datums are available: reservoir construction datum, 137Cs fallout event, and top of sediment), these effects may obscure the general trends of regionally increasing or decreasing net SARs, making the analysis of erosion rates from the sedimentary record an extremely difficult task.

  3. The source, discharge, and chemical characteristics of water from Agua Caliente Spring, Palm Springs, California

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    : Martin, Peter, (Edited By); Contributors: Brandt, Justin; Catchings, Rufus D.; Christensen, Allen H.; Flint, Alan L.; Gandhok, Gini; Goldman, Mark R.; Halford, Keith J.; Langenheim, V.E.; Martin, Peter; Rymer, Michael J.; Schroeder, Roy A.; Smith, Gregory A.; Sneed, Michelle

    2011-01-01

    Numerical models of fluid and temperature flow were developed for the Agua Caliente Spring to (1) test the validity of the conceptual model that the Agua Caliente Spring enters the valley-fill deposits from fractures in the underlying basement complex and rises through more than 800 feet of valley-fill deposits by way of a washed-sand conduit and surrounding low-permeability deposits (spring chimney) of its own making, (2) evaluate whether water-level declines in the regional aquifer will influence the temperature of discharging water, and (3) determine the source of thermal water in the perched aquifer. A radial-flow model was used to test the conceptual model and the effect of water-level declines. The observed spring discharge and temperature could be simulated if the vertical hydraulic conductivity of the spring orifice was about 200 feet per day and the horizontal hydraulic conductivity of the orifice (spring chimney) was about 0.00002 feet per day. The simulated vertical hydraulic conductivity is within the range of values reported for sand; however, the low value simulated for the horizontal hydraulic conductivity suggests that the spring chimney is cemented with increasing depth. Chemical data collected for this study indicate that the water at Agua Caliente Spring is at saturation with respect to both calcite and chalcedony, which provides a possible mechanism for cementation of the spring chimney. A simulated decline of about 100 feet in the regional aquifer had no effect on the simulated discharge of Agua Caliente Spring and resulted in a slight increase in the temperature of the spring discharge. Results from the radial-flow- and three-dimensional models of the Agua Caliente Spring area demonstrate that the distribution and temperature of thermal water in the perched water table can be explained by flow from a secondary shallow-subsurface spring orifice of the Agua Caliente Spring not contained by the steel collector tank, not by leakage from the collector tank.

  4. Use of Archival Sources to Improve Water-Related Hazard Assessments at Volcn de Agua, Guatemala

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    Hutchison, A. A.; Cashman, K. V.; Rust, A.; Williams, C. A.

    2013-12-01

    This interdisciplinary study focuses on the use of archival sources from the 18th Century Spanish Empire to develop a greater understanding of mudflow trigger mechanisms at Volcn de Agua in Guatemala. Currently, hazard assessments of debris flows at Volcn de Agua are largely based on studies of analogous events, such as the mudflow at Casita Volcano in 1998 caused by excessive rainfall generated by Hurricane Mitch. A preliminary investigation of Spanish archival sources, however, indicates that a damaging mudflow from the volcano in 1717 may have been triggered by activity at the neighbouring Volcn de Fuego. A VEI 4 eruption of Fuego in late August 1717 was followed by 33 days of localized 'retumbos' and then a major local earthquake with accompanying mudflows from several 'bocas' on the southwest flank of Agua. Of particular importance for this study is an archival source from Archivos Generales de Centro Amrica (AGCA) that consists of a series of letters, petitions and witness statements that were written and gathered following the catastrophic events of 1717. Their purpose was to argue for royal permission to relocate the capital city, which at the time was located on the lower flanks of Volcn de Agua. Within these documents there are accounts of steaming 'avenidas' of water with sulphurous smells, and quantitative descriptions that suggest fissure formation related to volcanic activity at Volcn de Fuego. Clear evidence for volcano-tectonic activity at the time, combined with the fact there is no mention of rainfall in the documents, suggest that outbursts of mud from Agua's south flank may have been caused by a volcanic perturbation of a hydrothermal system. This single example suggests that further analysis of archival documents will provide a more accurate and robust assessment of water related hazards at Volcn de Agua than currently exists.

  5. Formation of fluvial islands and its determining factors, case study of the River Neris, the Baltic Sea basin

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    Baubinien?, Aldona; Satk?nas, Jonas; Taminskas, Julius

    2015-02-01

    The aim of the present study is to determine the location and morphometric characteristics of fluvial islands in a 234.5 km long reach of the River Neris (from the Lithuanian-Belarusian border till the mouth of the river), to evaluate the changes of their number, area and location that have occurred since the second half of the 20th century, and to analyse the main geological and hydrological factors which possibly have affected the development of these islands. The fluvial islands, i.e. river channel forms situated above the average long-term water level, separated from the land by river branches and generated by fluvial processes, i.e. by the interaction of ground and surface water flows or, in other words, by erosion-accumulation processes taking place in the river basin, are fully or partly covered by vegetation and best reflect the external scenery of the river. Islands are scattered over the whole investigated reach of the river, yet their number highly depends on morphometric, hydrogeological and geological conditions in different segments. Small islands are dominant (area < 1 ha, height up to 1 m). They account up to 89% of the total number of islands, yet their total area accounts only up to 33% of the total island area in the studied segment. The minimum number of islands (1 island in a 10 km long segment on the average) is observed in the segments where the river flows across morainic massifs and in the relatively straight segments. The maximum number of islands (1 island in a 1 km long segment) occurs downstream from the eroded segments where they occupy up to 5.4% of the river channel area. During the last 40 years, both the number and the area of fluvial islands have increased. The increasing area of the fluvial islands in the channel reduces transportability of the river flow. Investigations of the flow showed that at the end of the 20th - the beginning of the 21st century the annual peak discharge was 48% smaller than comparing to the end of the 19th start of the 20th century. Due to the reduction of the flood plain area and shorter duration of floods, the amount of sediments left in the flood plain has been continuously decreasing. This might have been caused by the increased sedimentation in the channel resulting in the intensive formation and accretion of the islands. In the future, the reduced transportability caused by the increasing number and area of the fluvial islands may predetermine higher and longer floods and higher flood hazards for the urbanised riverside territories under the conditions of the same discharge.

  6. Lower Permian fluvial cyclicity and stratigraphic evolution of the northern margin of Gondwanaland: Warchha Sandstone, Salt Range, Pakistan

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    Ghazi, Shahid; Mountney, Nigel P.; Sharif, Sadaf

    2015-06-01

    During the Lower Permian (Artinskian), fluvial conditions prevailed in what is now the Salt Range of northern Pakistan. Deposits of the Warchha Sandstone are characterised by a range of fluvial facies and architectural elements that together record both the proximal and distal parts of a meandering river system that drained the northern margin of Gondwanaland. Stratigraphic units are arranged into vertically stacked fining-upward cycles represented by thin accumulations of channel-lag deposits at their bases, and sandstone-dominated channel fill and thicker accumulations of overbank mudstone at their tops. Sedimentary cyclicity records fluvial system development on a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Overall, the Warchha Sandstone preserves a series of three to ten vertically stacked fining-upward cycles that form part of a larger-scale, third-order sequence that is itself bounded by regionally extensive and laterally correlatable unconformities that were generated in response to combined tectonic and eustatic changes. The sequence-stratigraphic architecture reflects regional palaeogeographic development of the Salt Range region. The small-scale fluvial cycles originated through autogenic mechanisms, predominantly as a result of repeated channel avulsion processes that occurred concurrently with on-going subsidence and the progressive generation of accommodation. Each erosively based fining-upward fluvial cycle is divided into three parts: a lower part of trough cross-bedded conglomerate and coarse sandstone; a middle part of tabular cross-bedded, ripple cross-laminated and horizontally laminated sandstone; and an upper part of predominantly horizontally laminated and massive mudstone. Overall, the Warchha Sandstone records the progradation of a wedge of non-marine strata into a previously shallow-marine depositional setting. The underlying marine Dandot Formation is terminated by a major unconformity that represents a type-I sequence boundary associated with a regional relative sea-level fall and a significant regression of the Tethyan shoreline. The overlying Warchha Sandstone represents the onset of the subsequent lowstand systems tract in which a northward-flowing meandering river system redistributed clastic detritus derived from a tectonically-active source area (the Aravalli and Malani ranges) that lay to the south. This episode of fluvial sedimentation was terminated by a widespread marine transgression recorded by an abrupt upward transition to estuarine and shallow-marine deposits of the overlying Sardhai Formation. This change marks the transition from lowstand deposits to a transgressive system tract.

  7. Spatio-temporal variability and rates of fluvial bedload transport in steep mountain catchments in western Norway

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    Beylich, Achim A.; Laute, Katja

    2014-05-01

    The timing and rate of fluvial bedload transport are of central importance within sediment budget studies and in many applications in river science and engineering. Bedload transport rates are very difficult to measure and, in many sites, only suspended load and solute data are included in sediment budget studies. During four years (2010 - 2013) detailed field measurements with portable impact sensors as a non-invasive technique for indirectly determining fluvial bedload transport intensity were conducted at several selected channel stretches within two instrumented and supply-limited drainage basin systems (Erdalen and Bødalen) in the steep fjord landscape in western Norway. The selected stream test stretches where impact sensor field measurements were conducted were located (i) downstream of steep channels in headwater areas of the two drainage basin systems Erdalen and Bødalen, (ii) downstream of selected stream channel segments with temporary in-channel storage of bedload material in Erdalen and Bødalen and (iii) at the outlets of the two drainage basin systems Erdalen and Bødalen. The collected impact sensor field data were calibrated with laboratory flume experiments and were combined with field data from continuous discharge monitoring, repeated surveys of channel morphometry and sediment texture, particle tracer measurements, Helley-Smith samplings, underwater videofilming and biofilm analyses. The combination of methods and techniques applied provides detailed insights into the spatio-temporal variability and rates of fluvial bedload transport within Erdalen and Bødalen. Fluvial bedload transport in steep headwater streams is strongly related to sediment delivery from slopes, especially through fluvial transfers in small creeks draining the slope systems and through snow avalanches in spring and debris flows in fall. Channel reaches with temporary in-channel storage of bedload material in the middle parts of the Erdalen and Bødalen drainage basin systems can modify this temporal pattern of fluvial bedload transport. The measured bedload yield in Bødalen is five times higher than the bedload yield in Erdalen which reflects a valley-morphometric determined higher level of slope-channel coupling in Bødalen than in the Erdalen drainage basin system.

  8. Geomorphic response to agricultural land use in small fluvial systems - The role of landscape connectivity

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    Poeppl, R.; Keiler, M.; Glade, T.; Engage-Geomorphological Systems; Risk Research

    2010-12-01

    Nearly all river catchments are affected directly or indirectly by human actions, e.g. varying agricultural land use or interventions into to river course and flow lead to significant geomorphic changes. The rates of fluvial change are accelerating in many river catchments and public and institutional awareness of these changes and their consequences has grown. This trend leads to an increasing need for a deeper understanding of how the system elements are interrelated (connected) and how fluvial systems respond to human activities. Most of the studies relating to such topics focus on extrinsic (e.g. climatic) factors, although vegetation cover is one of the primary intrinsic factors on sediment yield to a river and even the most susceptible factor for human alterations. Furthermore, nearly all of the published studies are dealing with large rivers, disregarding the much more abundant smaller ones, which in sum do also influence larger rivers. The presented study contributes to gain a deeper understanding of how river systems geomorphologically respond to human activities. The focus in this study is on the importance of hillslope-channel connectivity relationships, as well as on connectivity relationships between the channel reaches in catchments with agricultural land use. Therefore, aerial photograph and airborne laserscan-interpretations were used to create detailed land use and river maps in order to gather current land use and river planform geometry conditions. The land use data was integrated to a GIS-related spatial soil erosion model so as to determine sources of fine sediment from eroding top soil in agricultural areas. Furthermore, a DEM-based multiple-flow model was applied to examine hillslope-channel connectivity relationships. River bed sediment composition, sediment embeddedness and in-channel accumulation of fine sediments were surveyed as potential indicators for geomorphic system response to agricultural land-use, as well as to determine connectivity relationships between the different channel reaches. The study area watersheds of the mixed-load rivers Fugnitz and Kaja are located in the Eastern part of the Bohemian Massif in Austria (Europe). These drainage basins can be morphologically subdivided into two units: The upper and middle reaches exhibit low river gradients, low slope angles (plateau character) and wide open valleys with sides flaring out. The lower reaches show high river gradients, high slope angles, V-shaped valleys, some of them with alluvial fills. In the upper and middle reaches, land-use is prevalently characterized by agriculture with only partially forested zones, whereas the lower reaches are dominated by forests and woodlands. This study area conditions allow comprehensive comparison of the connectivity between several system components. The results highlight that agricultural land use is a major driving factor in altering the sediment regime of fluvial systems, leading to bed sediment fining, especially in areas with high channel-hillslope connectivity. Converging to the lower reaches of the study areas, where minimum agricultural land-use is present, amounts of fine sediments are decreasing continuously because of sediment storage in pools or in the hyporheic zone.

  9. The Atlas of Natural Hazards and Risks of Austria: first results for fluvial and pluvial floods

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    Mergili, Martin; Tader, Andreas; Glade, Thomas; Neuhold, Clemens; Stiefelmeyer, Heinz

    2015-04-01

    Incoherent societal adaptation to natural processes results in significant losses every year. A better knowledge of the spatial and temporal distribution of hazards and risks, and of particular hot spots in a given region or period, is essential for reducing adverse impacts. Commonly, different hazard and risk estimations are performed within individual approaches based on tailor-made concepts. This works well as long as specific cases are considered. The advantage of such a procedure is that each individual hazard and risk is addressed in the best possible manner. The drawback, however, consists in the fact that the results differ significantly in terms of quality and accuracy and therefore cannot be compared. Hence, there is a need to develop a strategy and concept which uses similar data sources of equivalent quality in order to adequately analyze the different natural hazards and risks at broader scales. The present study is aiming to develop such a platform. The project Risk:ATlas focuses on the design of an atlas visualizing the most relevant natural hazards and, in particular, possible consequences for the entire territory of Austria. Available as a web-based tool and as a printed atlas, it is seen as a key tool to improve the basis for risk reduction, risk adaptation and risk transfer. The atlas is founded on those data sets available for the entire territory of Austria at a consistent resolution and quality. A 1 m resolution DEM and the official cadastre and building register represent the core, further data sets are employed according to the requirements for each natural hazard and risk. In this contribution, the methodology and the preliminary results for fluvial and pluvial floods and their consequences to buildings for three selected test areas in different types of landscapes (rural, urban and mountainous) are presented. Flooding depths expected for annualities of 30, 100 and 300 are derived from existing data sets for fluvial floods and are computed using the model FloodArea for pluvial floods. Land cover parameters necessary for flood routing are deduced from the official cadastre. The values exposed to each flood scenario are quantified on the basis of objects. In this study, the focus is on buildings, thus the official building register is employed as a major data source. The same register is used to derive the vulnerability of each building with regard to floods. Combining exposed values and vulnerability, the risk for each building, expressed as the expected damage per unit of time, is derived. Furthermore, a methodology to automatically regionalize the object-based hazards, exposures, vulnerabilities and risks to any spatial unit desired is presented. This enables us (i) to adapt the web-based atlas to different zooming levels and to flexibly react to (ii) the needs of the users of the atlas and (iii) the availability of reference data for validation of the analyses. The next steps will include (1) extending the analyses for fluvial and pluvial floods to the entire territory of Austria, employing advanced computational techniques such as the use of a cluster; (2) deriving hazards, exposures, vulnerabilities and risks related to a variety of other hazardous processes as well as to chains and combinations of processes (multi-hazard); (3) considering the consequences of hazardous processes not only for buildings, but also for infrastructures and even humans; and (4) elaborating future scenarios, based on possible environmental (including climatic) and socio-economic changes.

  10. Creating High Quality DEMs of Large Scale Fluvial Environments Using Structure-from-Motion

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    Javernick, L. A.; Brasington, J.; Caruso, B. S.; Hicks, M.; Davies, T. R.

    2012-12-01

    During the past decade, advances in survey and sensor technology have generated new opportunities to investigate the structure and dynamics of fluvial systems. Key geomatic technologies include the Global Positioning System (GPS), digital photogrammetry, LiDAR, and terrestrial laser scanning (TLS). The application of such has resulted in a profound increase in the dimensionality of topographic surveys - from cross-sections to distributed 3d point clouds and digital elevation models (DEMs). Each of these technologies have been used successfully to derive high quality DEMs of fluvial environments; however, they often require specialized and expensive equipment, such as a TLS or large format camera, bespoke platforms such as survey aircraft, and consequently make data acquisition prohibitively expensive or highly labour intensive, thus restricting the extent and frequency of surveys. Recently, advances in computer vision and image analysis have led to development of a novel photogrammetric approach that is fully automated and suitable for use with simple compact (non-metric) cameras. In this paper, we evaluate a new photogrammetric method, Structure-from-Motion (SfM), and demonstrate how this can be used to generate DEMs of comparable quality to airborne LiDAR, using consumer grade cameras at low costs. Using the SfM software PhotoScan (version 0.8.5), high quality DEMs were produced for a 1.6 km reach and a 3.3 km reach of the braided Ahuriri River, New Zealand. Photographs used for DEM creation were acquired from a helicopter flying at 600 m and 800 m above ground level using a consumer grade 10.1mega-pixel, non-metric digital camera, resulting in object space resolution imagery of 0.12 m and 0.16 m respectively. Point clouds for the two study reaches were generated using 147 and 224 photographs respectively, and were extracted automatically in an arbitrary coordinate system; RTK-GPS located ground control points (GCPs) were used to define a 3d non-linear transformation to convert the point clouds to the absolute NZTM coordinate system, with average errors of 0.06 m in the horizontal and 0.11 m in the vertical dimensions. The final point clouds extracted had typical point spacings of 0.25 m, well above the metric resolution of airborne LiDAR. To improve data handling, the final point cloud was decimated to point spacings of 0.5 m using a recently developed gridding procedure (Rychkov, Brasington, & Vericat, 2012), and finally converted into a DEM using a Delaunay constrained TIN in ArcGIS. Results reveal SfM's ability to produce high quality terrain products of large scale fluvial environments that can outperform LiDAR, and can potentially compare with TLS. PhotoScan offers a straightforward method to generate, transform, and export DEMs that requires little user knowledge of photogrammetric processes. Further, the affordability and reduced field work offer low budget researchers the ability to produce repeat surveys for in-depth temporal studies. Funding supported by the New Zealand Department of Conservation.

  11. A consistent magnetic polarity stratigraphy of Plio-Pleistocene fluvial sediments from the Heidelberg Basin (Germany)

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    Scheidt, Stephanie; Hambach, Ulrich; Rolf, Christian

    2014-05-01

    Deep drillings in the Heidelberg Basins provide access to one of the thickest and most complete successions of Quaternary and Upper Pliocene continental sediments in Central-Europe [1]. In absence of any comprehensive chronostratigraphic model, these sediments are so far classified by lithological and hydrogeological criteria. Therefore the age of this sequence is still controversially discussed ([1], [2]). In spite of the fact that fluvial sediments are a fundamental challenge for the application of magnetic polarity stratigraphy we performed a thorough study on four drilling cores (from Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen and nearby Viernheim). Here, we present the results from the analyses of these cores, which yield to a consistent chronostratigraphic framework. The components of natural remanent magnetisation (NRM) were separated by alternating field and thermal demagnetisation techniques and the characteristic remanent magnetisations (ChRM) were isolated by principle component analysis [3]. Due to the coring technique solely inclination data of the ChRM is used for the determination of the magnetic polarity stratigraphy. Rock magnetic proxies were applied to identify the carriers of the remanent magnetisation. The investigations prove the NRM as a stable, largely primary magnetisation acquired shortly after deposition (PDRM). The Matuyama-Gauss boundary is clearly defined by a polarity change in each core, as suggested in previous work [4]. These findings are in good agreement with the biostratigraphic definition of the base of the Quaternary ([5], [6], [7]). The Brunhes-Matuyama boundary could be identified in core Heidelberg UniNord 1 and 2 only. Consequently, the position of the Jaramillo and Olduvai subchron can be inferred from the lithostratigraphy and the development of fluvial facies architecture in the Rhine system. The continuation of the magnetic polarity stratigraphy into the Gilbert chron (Upper Pliocene) allows alternative correlation schemes for the cores Viernheim and Heidelberg. All things considered, the application of magnetic polarity stratigraphy on Pliocene and Pleistocene fluvial sediments from the Heidelberg Basin provides a consistent and independent chronology and opens the perspective for global correlations where other approaches hardly come to results. [1] GABRIEL, G., ELLWANGER, D., HOSELMANN, C. & WEIDENFELLER, M. 2008. Preface: The HeidelbergBasin Drilling Project. E & G (Quaternary Science Journal), 57, 253-260. [2] ELLWANGER, D. & WIELAND-SCHUSTER, U. 2012. Fotodokumentation und Schichtenverzeichnis der Forschungsbohrungen Heidelberg UniNord I und II. LGRB-Informationen, 26, 25-86. [3] KIRSCHVINK, J. L. 1980. The least-squares line and plane and the analysis of palaeomagnetic data. Geophysical Journal, Royal Astronomical Society, 62, 699-718. [4] ROLF, C., HAMBACH, U. & WEIDENFELLER, M. 2008. Rock and palaeomagnetic evidence for the Plio-/Pleistocene palaeoclimatic change recorded in Upper Rhine Graben sediments (Core Ludwigshafen-Parkinsel), Neth. J. Geosci., 87 (1), 41-50. [5] KNIPPING, M. 2008. Early and Middle Pleistocene pollen assemblages of deep core drillings in the northern Upper Rhine Graben, Germany, Neth. J. Geosci., 87(1), 51-65. [6] HEUMANN, G., pers. Comm. [7] HAHNE, J., pers. Comm.

  12. Relative importance of fluvial and glacial erosion in shaping the Chandra Valley, western Himalaya, India

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    Eugster, P.; Scherler, D.; Thiede, R. C.; Codilean, A.; Strecker, M. R.

    2013-12-01

    In deeply incised, high-elevation orogens, such as the Himalaya, it is challenging to quantify the contribution of glaciers to long-term erosion and exhumation due to vigorous fluvial erosion and mass wasting. This is especially true for the humid sectors of the orogen. In the Himalaya, the majority of studies has been conducted in internal arid sectors of the orogen, where present-day ice coverage is low and glacial landforms and deposits are well preserved. The Chandra Valley of the greater Lahul area (NW-Himalaya), situated between the southern front of the range (bulk precipitation during summer) and the more arid Trans-Himalaya to the north (most precipitation during winter) is sensitive to fluctuations of the Indian Summer Monsoon and the Westerlies. In this region we intend to determine spatial and temporal variations in valley incision through fluvial and glacial erosion on different timescales by combining information obtained from cosmogenic radionuclide (CRN) dating of glacially-carved and striated surfaces, low-temperature thermochronometers, field mapping and morphometric analysis. A prominent feature in the upper Chandra Valley, also the headwater region of the Chenab River, is a large knickpoint in the present-day channel profile of the Chandra/Chenab River at an elevation of ~3900 m asl. This knickpoint spatially coincides with (1) a pronounced change in AFT ages along the course of the valley; (2) the joining of a tributary where one of the largest glaciers in the entire area is found; (3) a significant lithological break; and (4) a steep climatic gradient that accompanies the northward turn of the valley. Further knickpoints were found in tributary valleys of the Chandra Valley at approximately the same elevation of ~3900 m asl. Our field observations and preliminary CRN data suggest extensive glacial coverage of the upper Chandra Valley. Based on field evidence the minimum ice thicknesses for the main trunk glacier in the Chandra Valley must have been at least 700 m above the present-day valley bottom until ~15 ka. Our data confirm previous glacial chronological work in this area that also proposed that deglaciation of the Chandra Valley must have been rapid and accomplished within 15 ka, but additionally shows that the late glacial ice cover in the upper Chandra was more extensive than previously thought and also reached the Spiti Valley. Combining all preliminary results and observations, we hypothesize that glacial carving has been the first-order erosional agent during the Quaternary of all regions in Lahul above an elevation of 4100 m asl. Apatite fission-track ages suggest slower erosional exhumation in the more arid upper Chandra Valley. In this context a former blocking of the valley by the Bara Shigri glacier is possible and glacial processes may have outpaced fluvial erosion in the upper part of the Chandra Valley.

  13. Evidences of Paleoearthquakes in Palaeolithic settlements within fluvial sequences of the Tagus Basin (Madrid, Central Spain).

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    Silva, Pablo G.; Rodrguez Pascua, M. A.; Prez Lpez, R.; Giner Robles, J. L.; Roquero, E.; Tapias, F.; Lpez Recio, M.; Rus, I.; Morin, J.

    2010-05-01

    Multiple evidences of soft-sediment to brittle deformation within the Pleistocene fluvial terraces of the Tagus, Jarama, Tajua and Manzanares river valleys have been described since the middle 20th Century. Cryoturbation, hydroplastic deformations due to underlying karstic collapses or halokinesis on the substratum of neogene gypsums, and seismic shaking have been proposed to interpret these structures. These deformations are typically concentrated in the +18-20 m terrace levels, and closely linked to well-known Palaeolithic sites, in some cases overlaying and/or affecting true prehistoric settlements (i.e. Arganda, Arriaga and Tafesa sites) within the Jarama and Manzanares valleys. The affected settlements typically display acheulian lithic industry linked to the scavenging of large Pleistocene mammals (i.e. Elephas antiquus). Commonly, deformational structures are concentrated in relatively thin horizons (10-50 cm thick) bracketed by undeformed fluvial sands and gravels. The soft-sediment deformations usually consist on medium to fine sized sands injected and protruded in overlaying flood-plain clayey silts, showing a wide variety of convolutes, injections, sand-dikes, dish and pillar structures, mud volcanoes, faults and folds, some times it is possible to undertake their 3D geometrical analysis due to the exceptional conservation of the structures (Tafesa). Recent geo-archaeological prospecting on the for the Palaeolithic Site of Arriaga (South Madrid City) conducted during the year 2009, let to find out an exceptional horizon of deformation of about 1.20 m thick. It consisted on highly disturbed and pervasively liquefacted sands, which hardly can be attributed to no-seismic processes. The acheulian lithic industry of the Madrid Region have been classically attributed the Late Middle Pleistocene (< 350 kyr BP), but recent OSL dating indicate that the basal horizons of the +18-20 m fluvial terraces hold ages younger than c.a. 120-100 kyr BP in this zone. All the evidences point to the occurrence of concentrated seismic activity during the OIS 5 (Last Interglaciar) interfering early human activity in the zone. Presently, the Tagus Basin is subject to moderate seismic activity with strongest seismic events not exceeding intensity VI MSK (1954 AD), but most of them related to the Jarama, Tajua and Tagus river valleys, which are bounded by large linear escarpments carved in Miocene gypsums. These escarpments display a wide variety of brittle and ductile deformations, as well as clear geomorphological indicators of late Quaternary tectonic activity. Considering the recent ESI-2007 Scale, the reported structures indicate the occurrence of larger paleoearthquakes during the Middle-Late Pleistocene of at least local intensity VIII. This study has been supported by the DGPH de la Comunidad de Madrid, AUDEMA S.A. (Proyecto Arriaga-2009). This is a contribution of GQM-AEQUA.

  14. Fluvial sediments a summary of source, transportation, deposition, and measurement of sediment discharge

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    Colby, B.R.

    1963-01-01

    This paper presents a broad but undetailed picture of fluvial sediments in streams, reservoirs, and lakes and includes a discussion of the processes involved in the movement of sediment by flowing water. Sediment is fragmental material that originates from the chemical or physical disintegration of rocks. The disintegration products may have many different shapes and may range in size from large boulders to colloidal particles. In general, they retain about the same mineral composition as the parent rocks. Rock fragments become fluvial sediment when they are entrained in a stream of water. The entrainment may occur as sheet erosion from land surfaces, particularly for the fine particles, or as channel erosion after the surface runoff has accumulated in streams. Fluvial sediments move in streams as bedload (particles moving within a few particle diameters of the streambed) or as suspended sediment in the turbulent flow. The discharge of bedload varies with several factors, which may include particle size and a type of effective shear on the surface of the streambed. The discharge of suspended sediment depends partly on concentration of moving sediment near the streambed and hence on discharge of bedload. However, the concentration of fine sediment near the streambed varies widely, even for equal flows, and, therefore, the discharge of fine sediment normally cannot be computed theoretically. The discharge of suspended sediment also depends on velocity, turbulence, depth of flow, and fall velocity of the particles. In general, the coarse sediment transported by a stream moves intermittently and is discharged at a rate that depends on properties of the flow and of the sediment. If an ample supply of coarse sediment is available at the surface of the streambed, the discharge of the coarse sediment, such as sand, can be roughly computed from properties of the available sediment and of the flow. On the other hand, much of the fine sediment in a stream usually moves nearly continuously at about the velocity of the flow, and even low flows can transport large amounts of fine sediment. Hence, the discharge of fine sediments, being largely dependent on the availability of fine sediment upstream rather than on the properties of the sediment and of the flow at a cross section, can seldom be computed from properties, other than concentrations based directly on samples, that can be observed at the cross section. Sediment particles continually change their positions in the flow; some fall to the streambed, and others are removed from the bed. Sediment deposits form locally or over large areas if the volume rate at which particles settle to the bed exceeds the volume rate at which particles are removed from the bed. In general, large particles are deposited more readily than small particles, whether the point of deposition is behind a rock, on a flood plain, within a stream channel, or at the entrance to a reservoir, a lake, or the ocean. Most samplers used for sediment observations collect a water-sediment mixture from the water surface to within a few tenths of a foot of the streambed. They thus sample most of the suspended sediment, especially if the flow is deep or if the sediment is mostly fine; but they exclude the bedload and some of the suspended sediment in a layer near the streambed where the suspended-sediment concentrations are highest. Measured sediment discharges are usually based on concentrations that are averages of several individual sediment samples for a cross section. If enough average concentrations for a cross section have been determined, the measured sediment discharge can be computed by interpolating sediment concentrations between sampling times. If only occasional samples were collected, an average relation between sediment discharge and flow can be used with a flow-duration curve to compute roughly the average or the total sediment discharges for any periods of time for which the flow-duration c

  15. Meltwater pathways and grain size transformation in a Pleistocene Mediterranean glacial-fluvial system

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    Adamson, Kathryn; Woodward, Jamie; Hughes, Philip

    2013-04-01

    The Pleistocene sedimentary records of Mount Orjen, western Montenegro, have been used to investigate changes in grain size characteristics of fine sediments transported from the glaciated mountains to the fluvial systems downstream. Understanding the particle size characteristics of the fine sediments transported by these cold stage river systems is important for several reasons. The braided rivers draining the glaciated mountains of the western Balkans may have been an important source of loess for example. It is also important to establish the grain size signature of suspended sediment delivered to the marine environment to aid land-marine correlations. The fine-grained component of the tills is dominated by glacially-comminuted limestone particles. Detailed particle size analysis of the fine sediment matrix component (<63 ?m) of glacial till and alluvial deposits has been undertaken using multiple samples at 12 sites surrounding the Orjen massif. This limestone karst terrain includes a range of meltwater pathways and depositional contexts, including: river valleys, alluvial fans, poljes, and ice marginal settings. 35 U-series ages and soil development indices have been used to develop a robust geochronology for the Pleistocene records Two dominant surface meltwater and sediment pathways have been identified around Mount Orjen. The particle size distributions reveal that these transportation routes can have distinctive sedimentological signatures. Type 1 pathways deliver meltwater and sediments downstream via bedrock gorges. In these settings, the fine grained alluvial matrix presents a largely bimodal particle size distribution (PSD). Type 2 pathways represent meltwater channels draining directly from the ice margin. Alluvial sediments within these environments more closely resemble the normally distributed PSD of the glacial tills. The transition to bimodal PSDs, downstream of Type 1 meltwater routes, suggests that the glacially-comminuted sediments are modified in the fluvial environment. Significantly, the carbonate component is preferentially depleted or removed from the fine silt size fraction. Non-carbonate sediments are instead concentrated into this particle size window. This is thought to be a product of physical and chemical weathering as well as the mechanical sorting of glacially-derived limestone sediments. This has important implications for our understanding of sediment transfer processes within glaciated catchments before these sediments are transported offshore.

  16. Modeling the implications of fluvial erosion and bank failures on gully development and growth

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    Istanbulluoglu, E.; Flores, H.; Bras, R.; Tucker, G.

    2003-12-01

    Exploring landscape development due to gully erosion has been an important component in Michael J. Kirkby's scientific career. Gully erosion is most commonly triggered by fluvial erosion due to natural and anthropogenic disturbances, or as a response to changes in climate and tectonic forcing, and base level drop. Field observations suggest that following the development of fluvial incisions, headward growth and widening of many gully systems can be attributed to the instability and collapse of steepened gully walls. Soil saturation, sapping and development of tension cracks contribute to the instability. Recent landscape evolution models treat such mass failures as slope dependent continuous sediment transport processes, sometimes conditioned on a slope threshold or with nonlinear dependence on slope gradient. In this study, first we present a theory for stability analysis of gully head and walls. The theory is based on force balance equation of an assumed planar failure geometry of a steep gully wall, with a potential failure plane dipping to the incised gully bed. We consider development of vertical tension cracks behind the face of the gully head that extend down to the failure plane. In the theory, storm water infiltrates in the tension cracks and generates hydrostatic forces in the vertical crack face, and uplift forces along the failure plane. During storms, water level in the crack is related to steady-state basin hydrology. In our model when tension cracks are either dry or completely filled with runoff water, instability occurs when headcut height exceeds a critical threshold (higher for the dry case). For the case when cracks are partially filled, our theory predicts an inverse relationship between headcut height and drainage area. We used field observations in Colorado and another published data set to test our model. Second, we have implemented this theory in the CHILD landscape evolution model and explored the effects of soil cohesion, erosion thresholds and climate on the tempo of gully development and morphology of eroding gullies. Preliminary results indicate that wider and shallower gullies develop and integrate forming wide valleys, when soil cohesion is small. As soil cohesion increases, gullies become deeper with steeper walls and episodic mass failures occur. Introducing a high runoff erosion threshold produces gentler headcuts. Variations in storm duration and intensity are predicted to have a significant impact on gully morphology.

  17. Latitudinal Controls on Topography: The Role of Precipitation and Fluvial Erosion

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    Sorensen, C.; Yanites, B.

    2014-12-01

    Observations from the North and South American Cordillera show that mean and maximum elevations decrease with increasing latitude. The trend in elevation follows the latitudinal dependence of snowline altitudes. This correlation between elevation and snowline altitude has been the impetus behind the glacial 'buzzsaw' hypothesis, which states that glaciers limit the elevation of mountain peaks. Underlying this hypothesis is an assumption that elevations prior to glaciation were either uniform, randomly distributed, or followed a pattern that is no longer present. However, there may be other factors that are responsible for these patterns, such as latitudinal trends in precipitation. Here, we address this assumption and the necessity of glacial erosion in explaining the latitudinal trend in elevation. We use the CHILD landscape evolution model parameterized by modern precipitation data along a latitudinal gradient in the Andes to predict the topography in the absence of glaciation. Using NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis precipitation data from 1981-2010, we derive storm duration, intensity, and frequency statistics for a series of locations along the Andean orogen. For each location, we run a model using a sequence of storms generated from these statistics. Erodibility and rock-uplift are held constant between the different locations and the models are run until topographic steady-state is achieved. We also present runs exploring the role of a threshold for bedrock detachment in the modeled results. For each run, we track the maximum and mean elevation as well as the time to steady-state. Preliminary results for all cases show that fluvial processes alone are sufficient to account for the latitudinal dependence of topography. For example, landscapes produced with precipitation statistics similar to the dry central Andes are more than an order of magnitude higher than landscapes from the southern, wetter, part of the orogen. Future analysis will use precipitation data from Pliocene climate models as well as link CHILD with a spatially-distributed hydrology model (TopoFlow). Although preliminary, our results potentially challenge the glacial 'buzzsaw' hypothesis and present fluvial erosion as a capable mechanism of generating latitudinal trends in topography.

  18. Fluvial engineering works in the river bed of the Middle Loire

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    Nabet, Fouzi

    2010-05-01

    Since 1995, the Loire riverbed has been a field of restoration and maintenance. These interventions took place within the Plan Loire Grandeur Nature and consisted of the following points: the protection of the inhabitants against flooding risks (opening of the secondary channels), the preservation of the ecological assets and the elimination of the sinking of the water line at it's lower level. This research occurred in a specific part of the Loire riverbed, which is situated between Nevers and Orleans (on both banks). We tried by using a geomorphologic analysis to put in evidence the impact of the interventions on the evolution of the secondary channels and dikes. The Geographical Information System (GIS) put in place for the studies sector helps the space analysis by the superposition and the comparison of the different layers of information. This information tool helps creating a database, which can be updated and extended. This way, the managers of this site can easily integrate new thematic (ecological, pedagogical, tourism activity) and benefit from a precise mapping of the intervention's areas and the impact of the restoration works. The main objective of the PhD is to analyse the functioning of hydrological and fluvial dynamics of the river bed of the Middle Loire, particularly in areas covered by maintenance work. These fluvial engineering works aim to improve flow and transfer of sediment in the river bed. This approach will evaluate the effectiveness of such maintenance work. It is necessary to set up a very fine scale model to quantify sediment transfer between secondary and main channels. The situation of secondary channels is contrasted, but the excessive growth of vegetation in some channels triggers their perennial functioning. The fine scale analysis is based on studies on seasonal and inter-annual evolution of secondary channels. Digital Elevation models (DEM), longitudinal profiles and topographic cross-sections integrated GIS help to quantify precisely erosion and sedimentation, according to the hydrological year. This work should be conducted according to hydrological events on the basis of topographical, bathymetric and sedimentary surveys. Therefore, a limited number of sites has been chosen in collaboration with AITL, DIREN Centre, and Conservatoire des Espaces Naturels. The result of the thesis brings tools to the Loire river management.

  19. Fluvial reservoir characterization using topological descriptors based on spectral analysis of graphs

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    Viseur, Sophie; Chiaberge, Christophe; Rhomer, Jérémy; Audigane, Pascal

    2015-04-01

    Fluvial systems generate highly heterogeneous reservoir. These heterogeneities have major impact on fluid flow behaviors. However, the modelling of such reservoirs is mainly performed in under-constrained contexts as they include complex features, though only sparse and indirect data are available. Stochastic modeling is the common strategy to solve such problems. Multiple 3D models are generated from the available subsurface dataset. The generated models represent a sampling of plausible subsurface structure representations. From this model sampling, statistical analysis on targeted parameters (e.g.: reserve estimations, flow behaviors, etc.) and a posteriori uncertainties are performed to assess risks. However, on one hand, uncertainties may be huge, which requires many models to be generated for scanning the space of possibilities. On the other hand, some computations performed on the generated models are time consuming and cannot, in practice, be applied on all of them. This issue is particularly critical in: 1) geological modeling from outcrop data only, as these data types are generally sparse and mainly distributed in 2D at large scale but they may locally include high-resolution descriptions (e.g.: facies, strata local variability, etc.); 2) CO2 storage studies as many scales of investigations are required, from meter to regional ones, to estimate storage capacities and associated risks. Recent approaches propose to define distances between models to allow sophisticated multivariate statistics to be applied on the space of uncertainties so that only sub-samples, representative of initial set, are investigated for dynamic time-consuming studies. This work focuses on defining distances between models that characterize the topology of the reservoir rock network, i.e. its compactness or connectivity degree. The proposed strategy relies on the study of the reservoir rock skeleton. The skeleton of an object corresponds to its median feature. A skeleton is computed for each reservoir rock geobody and studied through a graph spectral analysis. To achieve this, the skeleton is converted into a graph structure. The spectral analysis applied on this graph structure allows a distance to be defined between pairs of graphs. Therefore, this distance is used as support for clustering analysis to gather models that share the same reservoir rock topology. To show the ability of the defined distances to discriminate different types of reservoir connectivity, a synthetic data set of fluvial models with different geological settings was generated and studied using the proposed approach. The results of the clustering analysis are shown and discussed.

  20. The River Orontes in Syria and Turkey: Downstream variation of fluvial archives in different crustal blocks

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    Bridgland, David R.; Westaway, Rob; Romieh, Mohammad Abou; Candy, Ian; Daoud, Mohamad; Demir, Tuncer; Galiatsatos, Nikolaos; Schreve, Danielle C.; Seyrek, Ali; Shaw, Andrew D.; White, Tom S.; Whittaker, John

    2012-09-01

    The geomorphology and Quaternary history of the River Orontes in western Syria and south-central Turkey have been studied using a combination of methods: field survey, differential GPS, satellite imagery, analysis of sediments to determine provenance, flow direction and fluvial environment, incorporation of evidence from fossils for both palaeoenvironments and biostratigraphy, uranium-series dating of calcrete cement, reconciliation of Palaeolithic archaeological contents, and uplift modelling based on terrace height distribution. The results underline the contrasting nature of different reaches of the Orontes, in part reflecting different crustal blocks, with different histories of landscape evolution. Upstream from Homs the Orontes has a system of calcreted terraces that form a staircase extending to ~200 m above the river. New U-series dating provides an age constraint within the lower part of the sequence that suggests underestimation of terrace ages in previous reviews. This upper valley is separated from another terraced reach, in the Middle Orontes, by a gorge cut through the Late Miocene-Early Pliocene Homs Basalt. The Middle Orontes terraces have long been recognized as a source of mammalian fossils and Palaeolithic artefacts, particularly from Latamneh, near the downstream end of the reach. This terraced section of the valley ends at a fault scarp, marking the edge of the subsiding Ghab Basin (a segment of the Dead Sea Fault Zone), which has been filled to a depth of ~ 1 km by dominantly lacustrine sediments of Pliocene-Quaternary age. Review of the fauna from Latamneh suggests that its age is 1.2-0.9 Ma, significantly older than previously supposed, and commensurate with less uplift in this reach than both the Upper and Lower Orontes. Two localities near the downstream end of the Ghab have provided molluscan and ostracod assemblages that record somewhat saline environments, perhaps caused by desiccation within the former lacustrine basin, although they include fluvial elements. The Ghab is separated from another subsiding and formerly lacustrine depocentre, the Amik Basin of Hatay Province, Turkey, by a second gorge, implicit of uplift, this time cut through Palaeogene limestone. The NE-SW oriented lowermost reach of the Orontes is again terraced, with a third and most dramatic gorge through the northern edge of the Ziyaret Da?? mountains, which are known to have experienced rapid uplift, probably again enhanced by movement on an active fault. Indeed, a conclusion of the research, in which these various reaches are compared, is that the crust in the Hatay region is significantly more dynamic than that further upstream, where uplift has been less rapid and less continuous.

  1. Inputs and Fluvial Transport of Pharmaceutical Chemicals in An Urban Watershed

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    Foster, G. D.; Shala, L.

    2006-05-01

    Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) are classes of emerging chemical contaminants thought to enter the aquatic environment primarily through wastewater treatment plant (WTP) discharges. As the use of drugs is expected to rise with the aging demographics of the human population and with more river water being diverted to meet potable water demands, the presence of PPCPs in surface water is becoming an issue of public concern. The intent of our study was to quantify potential WTP inputs of PPCPs to rivers in the Wasington, DC (USA) region, and to investigate the fluvial transport of PPCPs in the Anacostia River (AR), the mainstem of a highly contaminated urban watershed in Washington, DC. The approach was to sample WTP water at various stages of treatment, and to measure seasonal concentrations of PPCPs in fluvial transport in the AR. Surface water from the AR was collected through the use of automated samplers during normal flow and storm flow regimes near the head of tide of the AR, just upstream from the confluence of the Northeast (NE) and Northwest (NW) Branches, the two prominent drainages in the watershed. The water samples were filtered to separate river particles from water, and the filtered water was extracted using solid phase extraction (SPE) cartridges. The filters were extracted by sonication in methanol. The SPE and filter extracts were analyzed for a group of widely distributed PPCPs as trimethylsilyl derivatives by using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. The most frequently detected PPCPs at WTPs included ibuprofen, caffeine, naproxen and triclosan, which ranged from 45 ?g/L (caffeine) to 5 ?g/L (triclosan) in WTP influent and from 0.08 ?g/L (triclosan) to 0.02 ?g/L (ibuprofen) in effluent water. Similar PPCPs were detected in both the NE and NW Branches of the AR, but higher concentrations on average were observed in the NE Branch, which receives WTP effluent upstream from the sampling point. The incidence of PPCPs correlated with WTP discharge, but other sources appear to exist based on the occurrence of PPCPs in the NW Branch, which does not receive WTP discharge. Surface water concentrations of the PPCPs were only weakly dependent on the flow regime of the Anacosita River, ranging from 10 to 250 ng/L in AR water. PPCPs are transported in surface waters at parts per trillion concentrations throughout the year, but sources to the AR are not confined to WTPs.

  2. Human impacts on fluvial systems - A small-catchment case study

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    Pöppl, Ronald E.; Glade, Thomas; Keiler, Margreth

    2010-05-01

    Regulations of nearly two-thirds of the rivers worldwide have considerable influences on fluvial systems. In Austria, nearly any river (or) catchment is affected by humans, e.g. due to changing land-use conditions and river engineering structures. Recent studies of human impacts on rivers show that morphologic channel changes play a major role regarding channelization and leveeing, land-use conversions, dams, mining, urbanization and alterations of natural habitats (ecomorphology). Thus 'natural (fluvial) systems' are scarce and humans are almost always inseparably interwoven with them playing a major role in altering them coincidentally. The main objective of this study is to identify human effects (i.e. different land use conditions and river engineering structures) on river bed sediment composition and to delineate its possible implications for limnic habitats. The study area watersheds of the 'Fugnitz' River (~ 140km²) and the 'Kaja' River (~ 20km²) are located in the Eastern part of the Bohemian Massif in Austria (Europe) and drain into the 'Thaya' River which is the border river to the Czech Republic in the north of Lower Austria. Furthermore the 'Thaya' River is eponymous for the local National Park 'Nationalpark Thayatal'. In order to survey river bed sediment composition and river engineering structures facies mapping techniques, i.e. river bed surface mapping and ecomorphological mapping have been applied. Additionally aerial photograph and airborne laserscan interpretation has been used to create land use maps. These maps have been integrated to a numerical DEM-based spatial model in order to get an impression of the variability of sediment input rates to the river system. It is hypothesized that this variability is primarily caused by different land use conditions. Finally river bed sites affected by river engineering structures have been probed and grain size distributions have been analyzed. With these data sedimentological and ecological/ecomorphological effects of various river engineering structures (i.e. dams, weirs, river bank- and river bed protection works) on river bed sediment composition and on limnic habitats are evaluated. First results reveal that 'land use' is a dominant factor concerning river bed sediment composition and limnic habitat conditions. Further outcomes will be presented on European Geosciences Union General Assembly, 2010.

  3. Relative importance of fluvial and glacial erosion in shaping the Chandra Valley, western Himalaya, India

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    Eugster, Patricia; Thiede, Rasmus C.; Scherler, Dirk; Codilean, Alexandru T.; Strecker, Manfred

    2013-04-01

    Although glaciers are often believed to be the principal erosional agents and the cause for increasing the relief of mountain belts, quantifying their contribution to long-term erosion and exhumation is challenging. This is particularly true for the Himalaya, where present-day ice coverage is relatively high, but evidence for extensive glaciations in the past more limited, presumably due to high erosion rates that quickly remove the depositional and geomorphic evidence of glacial impacts. Previous work indicates that the Chandra Valley, in the headwaters of the Chenab River, was strongly glaciated during the Quaternary. In addition, existing thermochronological data suggest a large change in exhumation rates along the valley. This change spatially corresponds to a major fluvial knickpoint, the joining of several large glaciers, a lithological break, and a steep precipitation gradient. In this study we determine spatial and temporal variations in valley incision through fluvial and glacial erosion on different timescales by using cosmogenic radionuclide (CRN) dating of glacially-carved and striated surfaces, various low-temperature thermochronometers, and morphometric analysis. Knickzones are found at elevations of ~3900 m asl along several tributaries of the Chandra/Chenab valleys and other valleys throughout Lahul, potentially indicating a causal relationship with glacial processes. Our field observations and preliminary CRN data suggest major glacial occupation of the Chandra Valley, particularly by the Bara Shigri Glacier, prior to 14 ka. Our data also confirm former CRN measurements in that area. We hypothesize that these observations coincide with the glacially carved surface of the valley, which indicates a minimum altitude of ~4100 m asl for glaciation in the lower Chandra Valley. Here, glacial carving has been the first-order erosional agent during the Quaternary. Furthermore, published AFT cooling ages are young below an elevation of 4100 m asl and increase strongly in the upper part of the valley above this elevation and the observed knickpoints, suggesting slower erosional exhumation in the more arid upper Chandra Valley. The ultimate goal of this study is to better understand the regional erosion pattern within the Chandra Valley, and to possibly determine whether glaciers influenced by local conditions (tectonics, climate), impede or accelerate erosion.

  4. Exploring controls on valley spacing in higher order fluvial channels with the CHILD Model

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    Han, J.; Gasparini, N. M.; Johnson, J. P.

    2013-12-01

    Across a wide range of landscapes the ratio between the width of a mountain and the distance separating trunk channels exiting the mountain front (generally termed the valley spacing ratio) has been observed to be fairly constant, but the reasons for its uniformity are not well understood. Recent work also suggests that the ratio between the spacing of valleys and the characteristic length, or distance from the divide to where hillslopes transition to fluvial channels, (here termed the characteristic length ratio) is relatively constant in first order channels. We propose that the characteristic length ratio of higher order channels is a primary control on the valley spacing ratio. We explore how these ratios are linked together and the variables that may affect both of these ratios using the CHILD numerical landscape evolution model. Previous studies observed a linear relationship between valley spacing and characteristic length in first order channels, and we find that the relationship remains linear in higher order channels, demonstrating that the competition between hillslope and fluvial processes influences landscape morphology at all scales. Moreover, we also find that the characteristic length ratio for a given order channel is fairly robust and does not appear to be impacted by model initial conditions (such as initial topography) and precipitation patterns (such as orographic precipitation). For a fixed domain in our model, although the characteristic length may vary, the valley spacing ratio remains in the range observed in real landscapes. The ratio of mountain width to valley spacing remains relatively constant because the order of trunk channels varies with the characteristic length. In other words, for a given domain size (or mountain range width), a larger characteristic length can produce lower order trunk channels but with the same spacing value as higher order trunk channels with a smaller characteristic length. This competition between channel order and characteristic length may be one of the reasons why the valley spacing ratio is relatively constant across diverse natural settings. However, our model results also show that initial and boundary conditions may affect the maximum stream order in a domain, even though they do not affect valley spacing. As a result, the valley spacing ratio is more variable than the characteristic length ratio. For example, we find that more pronounced orographic precipitation patterns, or much steeper initial surfaces, can lead to more linear streams, less tributary branching and lower order trunk channels. In this case, the ratio between valley spacing and characteristic length remains the same, whereas the ratio between mountain width and valley spacing increases, but still remains within the observed range in natural landscapes. Finally, DEM analysis of three study areas supports our numerical results.

  5. Late Holocene and present-day fluvial morphodynamics in small catchment areas of Central Germany

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    Englhard, Michael; Damm, Bodo; Frechen, Manfred; Terhorst, Birgit

    2010-05-01

    During the past decades strong runoff events repeatedly occurred in small drainage basins of the European low mountains. In numerous events runoff was connected with erosion and transport of extensive bed load. Runoff events were predominantly triggered by rainstorms, which were limited to the catchment areas. They partly caused severe economic loss. The present study focuses on fluvial morphodynamics in northern Hesse and Lower Saxony. In this area runoff and transport of bed load occurred in small tributary catchment areas of the Fulda, Werra and Oberweser rivers. In general, the small drainage basins are used by agriculture and forestry. Drainage channels are developed as gullies and are incised into solid bedrock, Quaternary hillslope sediments, alluvial fills, and anthropogenic deposits. Vertical incision into the bedrock may amount to 1 meter per event. Furthermore, in single cases sediment discharge amounted to 16.000 m in addition to the suspension load. On the base of historical analyses about 50 severe runoff events with a maximum frequency of 10 events during 1965 are recorded during the past 150 years in the study area. Field survey, sedimentological analyses and dating reveal intensive runoff processes since the Neolithic age in a comparable catchment area. In this context potsherds could be dated to the Linear Pottery culture, which were detected in an alluvial cone of the "Rehgraben gully", close to the city of.Kassel. Furthermore, findings of fossil wood were recovered in the same alluvial cone. Radiocarbon dating reveals calibrated ages which are for the most parts younger than AD. In younger sediments we suppose the severe runoff event of 1342. Current studies in the catchment area of the Rehgraben aim to distinguish different processes of the fluvial morphodynamics on a temporal scale and to estimate potential Holocene erosional rates. References Damm, B., 2004. Geschiebe fhrende und murfhige Wildbche in Mittelgebirgsrumen. Interpraevent 10/3, Themenbereich VII Wildbach, 61-72. Dreibrodt, S., Lubos, C., Terhorst, B., Damm, B., Bork, H.-R., 2009. Historical Soil Erosion by Water in Germany. A Review. - Quaternary International, doi:10.1016/ j.quatint.2009.06.014. Kreikemeier, A., Damm, B., Bhner, J., Hagedorn, J., 2004. Wildbche im Fulda- und Oberwesereinzugsgebiet (Nordhessen und Sdniedersachsen) - Fallbeispiele und Anstze zur Abfluss- und Abtragsmodellierung. Zeitschrift fr Geomorphologie N.F., Suppl. Vol. 135, 69-94.

  6. The causes and consequences of particle size change in fluvial systems

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    Miller, Kimberly Louise Litwin

    One of the most common features in fluvial environments is the systematic downstream decline in grain size, which is usually attributed to either abrasion - the reduction in sediment size due to attrition of mass - or selective sorting - the size segregation of grains due to their relative transport mobility. Despite the ubiquity of this grain pattern and the extensive research on both of these processes, there remains questions regarding the underlying principles driving abrasion and sorting, as well as the relative contribution of these processes to grain fining. Therefore, a mechanistic understanding of these processes is necessary to observe their direct effect on pattern formation. This dissertation investigates the controls and limits on abrasion and sorting through field studies and laboratory experiments. First, using the well-defined boundary conditions of an alluvial fan, we examine how grain hiding limits gravel sorting by tracking changes in the grain size distribution measured using a novel image-based technique. Further downfan, we compare surface sand fractions measured in the field with those from the lab and show that the gravel-sand sorting profiles are self-similar, suggesting generality in their development. In a second field study, using detailed hand and image-based measurements characterizing size and shape of thousands of grains throughout a watershed, we are able to directly observe the effectiveness of abrasion. We then input these measurements into a simple numerical model to tease apart the contribution of abrasion and sorting to downstream grains size and shape evolution. Finally, we conduct laboratory experiments to isolate the effects of impact energy on abrasion rates and use material properties of the grains to collapse mass loss curves between different lithologies. We measure the grain size distribution of the products of abrasion to show that they are in agreement with expectations from brittle fracture theory. The results from this work indicate that both sorting and abrasion are effective mechanisms in producing downstream grain size patterns. Because grain size exerts a strong control on channel morphology, understanding the controls on particle size change fosters a more complete picture of the fluvial system.

  7. A Survey of Sinuous Ridges and Inferred Fluvial Discharge Rates in Northwest Hellas, Mars

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    Anderson, R. B.; Herkenhoff, K. E.

    2012-12-01

    Sinuous ridges are a widespread class of geomorphic feature on Mars, and in many cases are interpreted to be inverted fluvial channels. Although negative-relief valley networks thought to be related to fluvial activity have been mapped in detail over the entire planet (e.g. Carr, 1995; Hynek et al., 2010), few regional- to global-scale surveys of sinuous ridges have been conducted (e.g. Williams, 2007; Jacobsen and Burr, 2012). With the availability of Context Camera (CTX ) images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) covering a significant fraction of the martian surface at 6 meters per pixel, such studies are now feasible. In addition, Williams et al. (2009) have demonstrated that paleodischarge can be calculated based on the width, meander wavelength, and meander radius of sinuous ridges interpreted to be inverted channels. This method has been used successfully on the sinuous ridges in the Aeolis/Zephyria plana region (Burr et al., 2010). We have begun a survey of sinuous ridges in the northwest Hellas region (-15 N to -45 N, 30 E to 75 E) using 1156 radiometrically calibrated and map projected CTX images. This region includes the northwestern portion of the Hellas basin floor and rim, as well as a significant expanse of the cratered highlands to the north and west of the basin. This region was chosen because it includes terrain of varying age (primarily Noachian to Hesperian; Leonard and Tanaka, 2001) and includes "raised curvilinear features" identified by Williams (2007) on the western basin floor, northern rim, and in the highlands northwest of Hellas . By mapping the distribution of sinuous ridges in terrain of varying age and estimating their paleodischarge rates, we will be able to determine how the discharge rate varied over martian history. Carr, M. H. (1995), J. Geophys. Res., 100, 7479-7507, doi:10.1029/95JE00260. Hynek, B. M., M. Beach, and M. R. T. Hoke (2010), J. Geophys. Res., 115, E09008, doi:10.1029/2009JE003548. Williams, R.M.E. (2007), LPSC XXXVIII, Abstract #1821 Jacobsen, R.E. and Burr, D.M., (2012), LPSC XLIII, Abstract #2398 Williams, R.M.E., Irwin III, R.P., Zimbelman, J.R. (2009), Geomorphology 107, p.300-315. Burr, D. M., et al. (2010), J. Geophys. Res., 115, E07011, doi:10.1029/2009JE003496. Leonard, G.J. and Tanaka, K.L. (2001) USGS Geologic Investigations Series I-2694.

  8. Interpreting ancient fluvial and deltaic environments on Mars: what can Earth analogs tell us?

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    Gupta, S.; Goddard, K.; Rice, M. S.; Warner, N. H.; Kim, J.; Muller, J.

    2011-12-01

    Reconstructing ancient sedimentary environments on Earth is not a trivial task. Sedimentologists typically use detailed analysis of sedimentary features in rocks together with geometrical stratigraphic relationships and couple this with models of modern systems to reconstruct palaeo-river and deltaic landform features and environments. However, the fidelity of these reconstructions is dependent on good outcrop control and an understanding of how geomorphic elements become frozen in the stratigraphic record. On Mars reconstruction of ancient fluvial and deltaic is on the one hand easier because in numerous examples the planform morphology of such systems preserved in the present-day landscape as relic palaeolandscape features. Such features are very rarely preserved on Earth's landsurface. However, care must be taken in such interpretations. Whilst we can observe point-sourced sedimentary bodies within craters typically emanating from channels that enter the crater, interpreting these as deltaic and determining the type of delta is hazardous. Prior studies have largely focused on establishing geomorphic relations from the large-scale planform bedrock morphology, however, this is dependent on the preservation state. On Earth, we reconstruct ancient deltas by careful analysis of sedimentary bedding patterns as observed in vertical sections. By lateral tracing of bedding we constrain the morphostratigraphy of depositional elements and the surfaces that bound them. The stratigraphy preserved however is not a static state of the river or delta, but instead is a complex of surfaces and sediment bodies that records lateral migration and vertical accumulation of landscape elements. The integration of HiRISE imagery with HiRISE digital terrain models enables Mars sedimentologists and stratigraphers to explore bedding patterns exposed in martian canyons. Whilst we cannot get a handle on the internal sedimentology of these deposits, the analysis of architectural elements and their geometrical disposition enables us to reconstruct the large-scale architecture of inferred martian fluvial and deltaic systems. Understanding this architecture is crucial to informed interpretation of such sedimentary deposits. Here, we analyse the morphology of fluvio-deltaic systems in Eberswalde crater, Mars, using a variety of Earth analogs to aid our analysis. We will examine large scale bedding geometries of the sort visible in spacecraft imagery, and consider how best one can make interpretations.

  9. Catalase in fluvial biofilms: a comparison between different extraction methods and example of application in a metal-polluted river.

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    Bonnineau, Chlo; Bonet, Berta; Corcoll, Natlia; Guasch, Helena

    2011-01-01

    Antioxidant enzymes are involved in important processes of cell detoxification during oxidative stress and have, therefore, been used as biomarkers in algae. Nevertheless, their limited use in fluvial biofilms may be due to the complexity of such communities. Here, a comparison between different extraction methods was performed to obtain a reliable method for catalase extraction from fluvial biofilms. Homogenization followed by glass bead disruption appeared to be the best compromise for catalase extraction. This method was then applied to a field study in a metal-polluted stream (Riou Mort, France). The most polluted sites were characterized by a catalase activity 4-6 times lower than in the low-polluted site. Results of the comparison process and its application are promising for the use of catalase activity as an early warning biomarker of toxicity using biofilms in the laboratory and in the field. PMID:21080224

  10. Turbidity in the fluvial Gironde Estuary (southwest France) based on 10-year continuous monitoring: sensitivity to hydrological conditions

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    Jalón-Rojas, I.; Schmidt, S.; Sottolichio, A.

    2015-06-01

    Climate change and human activities impact the volume and timing of freshwater input to estuaries. These modifications in fluvial discharges are expected to influence estuarine suspended sediment dynamics, and in particular the turbidity maximum zone (TMZ). Located in southwest France, the Gironde fluvial-estuarine system has an ideal context to address this issue. It is characterized by a very pronounced TMZ, a decrease in mean annual runoff in the last decade, and it is quite unique in having a long-term and high-frequency monitoring of turbidity. The effect of tide and river flow on turbidity in the fluvial estuary is detailed, focusing on dynamics related to changes in hydrological conditions (river floods, periods of low discharge, interannual changes). Turbidity shows hysteresis loops at different timescales: during river floods and over the transitional period between the installation and expulsion of the TMZ. These hysteresis patterns, that reveal the origin of sediment, locally resuspended or transported from the watershed, may be a tool to evaluate the presence of remained mud. Statistics on turbidity data bound the range of river flow that promotes the upstream migration of TMZ in the fluvial stations. Whereas the duration of the low discharge period mainly determines the TMZ persistence, the freshwater volume during high discharge periods explains the TMZ concentration at the following dry period. The evolution of these two hydrological indicators of TMZ persistence and turbidity level since 1960 confirms the effect of discharge decrease on the intensification of the TMZ in tidal rivers; both provide a tool to evaluate future scenarios.

  11. Fluvial processes in Ma'adim Vallis and the potential of Gusev crater as a high priority site

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    Cabrol, Nathalie; Landheim, Ragnild; Greeley, Ronald; Farmer, Jack

    1994-01-01

    According to exobiology site selection criteria for Mars, the search for potential extinct/extant water dependent life should focus on sites were water flowed and ponded. The Ma'adim Vallis/Gusev crater system is of high priority for exobiology research, because it appears to have involved long term flooding, different periods and rates of sedimentation, and probable episodic ponding. The topics covered include the following: evidence of nonuniform fluvial processes and early overflooding of the plateau and ponding.

  12. Inverted fluvial features in the Aeolis-Zephyria Plana, western Medusae Fossae Formation, Mars: Evidence for post-formation modification

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    Lefort, Alexandra; Burr, Devon M.; Beyer, Ross A.; Howard, Alan D.

    2012-03-01

    The Aeolis and Zephyria Plana contain the western-most portion of the Medusae Fossae Formation (MFF), an enigmatic and extensive light-toned deposit located in the Martian equatorial region and dated from the Hesperian to Amazonian epochs. This area hosts a large population of sinuous ridges (SRs), interpreted as inverted fluvial features, formed by precipitation, indurated by chemical cementation, buried by subsequent deposition, and finally exhumed. This interpretation of SRs as uniformly fluvial represents a modification to an earlier hypothesis for one particular SR of possible glaciofluvial (i.e. esker) formation. These SRs provide a tool to investigate the degree and character of post-fluvial modification processes in this region. We combined digital terrain models made from Context Camera (CTX) and High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) stereo image pairs with individual data points from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) to estimate relief, cross-sectional profiles, longitudinal profiles and slope directions of selected SRs. Longitudinal profiles of several SRs display undulations with amplitudes of up to order 100 m. While some of the lower amplitude undulations may be due to differential erosion, undulations having amplitudes in excess of SR relief require alternative explanations. Our combined morphologic and topographic analysis suggests that multiple post-flow processes, including compaction of the deposits and tectonic displacements, have modified the original SR profiles. Specification of the type(s) and magnitudes of these modification processes will contribute to understanding both the potential of post-flow modification of fluvial profiles elsewhere on Mars as well as the nature and properties of the MFF.

  13. Lateglacial/early Holocene fluvial reactions of the Jeetzel river (Elbe valley, northern Germany) to abrupt climatic and environmental changes

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    Turner, Falko; Tolksdorf, Johann Friedrich; Viehberg, Finn; Schwalb, Antje; Kaiser, Knut; Bittmann, Felix; von Bramann, Ullrich; Pott, Richard; Staesche, Ulrich; Breest, Klaus; Veil, Stephan

    2013-01-01

    Mechanisms of climatic control on river system development are still only partially known. Palaeohydrological investigations from river valleys often lack a precise chronological control of climatic processes and fluvial dynamics, which is why their specific forces remain unclear. In this multidisciplinary case study from the middle Elbe river valley (northern Germany) multiple dating of sites (palynostratigraphy, radiocarbon- and OSL-dating) and high-resolution analyses of environmental and climatological proxies (pollen, plant macro-remains and ostracods) reveal a continuous record of the environmental and fluvial history from the Lateglacial to the early Holocene. Biostratigraphical correlation to northwest European key sites shows that river system development was partially out of phase with the main climatic shifts. The transition from a braided to an incised channel system predated the main phase of Lateglacial warming (14.6 ka BP), and the meandering river did not change its drainage pattern during the cooling of the Younger-Dryas period. Environmental reconstructions suggest that river dynamics were largely affected by vegetation cover, as a vegetation cover consisting of herbs, dwarf-shrubs and a few larger shrubs seems to have developed before the onset of the main Lateglacial warming, and pine forests appear to have persisted in the river valley during the Younger Dryas. In addition, two phases of high fluvial activity and new channel incision during the middle part of the Younger Dryas and during the Boreal were correlated with changes from dry towards wet climatic conditions, as indicated by evident lake level rises. Lateglacial human occupation in the river valley, which is shown by numerous Palaeolithic sites, forming one of the largest settlement areas of that period known in the European Plain, is assigned to the specific fluvial and environmental conditions of the early Allerd.

  14. Fluvial transport and surface enrichment of arsenic in semi-arid mining regions: examples from the Mojave Desert, California.

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    Kim, Christopher S; Stack, David H; Rytuba, James J

    2012-07-01

    As a result of extensive gold and silver mining in the Mojave Desert, southern California, mine wastes and tailings containing highly elevated arsenic (As) concentrations remain exposed at a number of former mining sites. Decades of weathering and erosion have contributed to the mobilization of As-enriched tailings, which now contaminate surrounding communities. Fluvial transport plays an intermittent yet important and relatively undocumented role in the migration and dispersal of As-contaminated mine wastes in semi-arid climates. Assessing the contribution of fluvial systems to tailings mobilization is critical in order to assess the distribution and long-term exposure potential of tailings in a mining-impacted environment. Extensive sampling, chemical analysis, and geospatial mapping of dry streambed (wash) sediments, tailings piles, alluvial fans, and rainwater runoff at multiple mine sites have aided the development of a conceptual model to explain the fluvial migration of mine wastes in semi-arid climates. Intense and episodic precipitation events mobilize mine wastes downstream and downslope as a series of discrete pulses, causing dispersion both down and lateral to washes with exponential decay behavior as distance from the source increases. Accordingly a quantitative model of arsenic concentrations in wash sediments, represented as a series of overlapping exponential power-law decay curves, results in the acceptable reproducibility of observed arsenic concentration patterns. Such a model can be transferable to other abandoned mine lands as a predictive tool for monitoring the fate and transport of arsenic and related contaminants in similar settings. Effective remediation of contaminated mine wastes in a semi-arid environment requires addressing concurrent changes in the amounts of potential tailings released through fluvial processes and the transport capacity of a wash. PMID:22718027

  15. The Role of Bed Coverage in Reducing the Area Dependence of Fluvial Incision: Implications for the Maximum Relief of Mountains.

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    Gasparini, N. M.; Brandon, M. T.

    2004-12-01

    Analytical models of the coupled behavior between fluvial incision and wedge tectonics predict that the dependence of fluvial incision on drainage area is an important factor for understanding how climate (through precipitation) affects the height of active mountain belts. These models use a stream-power formulation I=KAmS^n to represent fluvial incision, but this equation is only an approximation of the many processes that control fluvial incision. Although stream power is widely applied, it is not well tested. Using first principles and scaling laws for channel flow, the value of m in the stream-power equation is derived to be between 0.3 and 1.0. Our contribution here is to consider empirical estimates of m and n, which we will refer to as ? and ? . These estimates are made by fitting a power-law function to slope, area, and incision rate data and are independent from assumptions about the incision process. We use data from both natural settings (the Clearwater River, Washington State, USA, and the Lachlan River, SE Australia) and synthetic examples obtained using the CHILD landscape-evolution model. In both of the natural settings, all estimates of ? are less than 0.2 and sometimes negative. Likewise for the simulated landscapes, when sediment load is included in the incision model and uplift varies spatially, power-law estimates produce a wide range of ? values and also include negative values. The CHILD model demonstrates that the estimated ? is quite different from the value of m used in the model calculation. The reason seems to be that the bed-coverage effect is correlated with drainage area for these examples. The results raise the question of what parameter values should be used in coupled analytical models. If the empirical estimates are relevant, then the low-area dependence of incision rate (as indicated by estimates of ? ) suggests that climate plays a very weak role in controlling the height of mountains.

  16. Use of Ground Imagery to Study Wood Raft and Ice Dynamics in Fluvial Systems: Potential and Challenges.

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    Benacchio, V.; Piegay, H.; Buffin-Belanger, T. K.; Vaudor, L.; Michel, K.

    2014-12-01

    Automatic cameras allow acquisition of large amounts of information at high resolution in both temporal and spatial dimensions, with a roughly close range. Recently, ground cameras have been used to study the morphological evolution of fluvial environments (e.g. bank erosion, bar mobility, braided pattern changes) or to quantify components of fluvial dynamics (e.g. flow velocity, wood transport or river ice development). As the amount of information increases, automation of the data processing becomes essential, but many challenges arise to improve features detection, taking into account light contrasts, shadow and reflection, or to calculate surfaces and volumes from image orthorectification. This study illustrates the high potential of ground cameras to observe and quantify rapid, stochastic or complex events in fluvial systems and the numerous challenges we have to face. In order to automatically monitor such key fluvial processes, two ground cameras were installed. The first one was placed on the Genissiat dam (Rhne River, France) focusing on the reservoir where pieces of wood are trapped, creating a large raft. The objective is to survey wood raft area over time as a surrogate of the basin wood production. The second camera was installed along the St Jean River (Gaspesia, Qubec) focusing on a pool section. The objective here is to characterize the evolution of ice cover, in terms of growing rate and ice types. The snowy environment is particularly challenging because of brightness or fairly homogeneous radiometric conditions amongst ice types. In both cases, remote sensing technics, especially feature based classification are used. Radiometric and texture indexes are used to discriminate both wood and water and ice types.

  17. Facies and sequence stratigraphic modeling of a Upper Pliocene-Lower Pleistocene fluvial succession (Valdelsa Basin, central Italy)

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    Benvenuti, Marco; Del Conte, Sara

    2013-08-01

    This paper illustrates the results of sedimentologic and stratigraphic analyses of the upper Piacenzian-Gelasian fluvial succession exposed in the Neogene-Quaternary Valdelsa Basin (central Italy). The succession shows a cyclothemic stacking of gravelly, sandy and muddy lithofacies organized into four monogenic facies associations (A-D). These record depositional environments ranging from braided to low-sinuosity river channels to flood basins. Associations A-D attest to lowstand (A-B), transgressive and high-stand (C-D) depositions in a full cycle of base-level variations. In each association, internal erosional surfaces separate early transgressive association C from the late lowstand association B. The systematic B/C channel scouring is interpreted as the result of a high water/sediment discharge ratio determined by a decrease of coarse-grained sediment supply to the fluvial systems during rise of base level. This erosive surface is conceptually analogous to the ravinement surface sculpted by wave erosion during the transgressive, landward migration of a shoreface. The late transgressive and highstand mud-dominated association D records the flood basin, a depositional environment indicative of a high base level which transformed a former channel belt in a plain dominated by fine-grained sediment settling, bio- and pedoturbation. The studied succession records rhythmic variations of base level and sediment supply to the fluvial systems, in turn regulated by different-rank relative fluctuations of Piacenzian sea level. In this perspective, concepts of sequence stratigraphy and facies analysis are exploited for producing a reliable fluvial sequence stratigraphic model.

  18. Fluvial wood function downstream of beaver versus man-made dams in headwater streams in Massachusetts, USA

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    David, G. C.; DeVito, L. F.; Munz, K. T.; Lisius, G.

    2014-12-01

    Fluvial wood is an essential component of stream ecosystems by providing habitat, increasing accumulation of organic matter, and increasing the processing of nutrients and other materials. However, years of channel alterations in Massachusetts have resulted in low wood loads despite the afforestation that has occurred since the early 1900s. Streams have also been impacted by a large density of dams, built during industrialization, and reduction of the beaver population. Beavers were reintroduced to Massachusetts in the 1940s and they have since migrated throughout the state. Beaver dams impound water, which traps sediment and results in the development of complex channel patterns and more ecologically productive and diverse habitats than those found adjacent to man-made dams. To develop better management practices for dam removal it is essential that we understand the geomorphic and ecologic function of wood in these channels and the interconnections with floodplain dynamics and stream water chemistry. We investigate the connections among fluvial wood, channel morphology, floodplain soil moisture dynamics, and stream water chemistry in six watersheds in Massachusetts that have been impacted by either beaver or man-made dams. We hypothesize that wood load will be significantly higher below beaver dams, subsequently altering channel morphology, water chemistry, and floodplain soil moisture. Reaches are surveyed up- and downstream of each type of dam to better understand the impact dams have on the fluvial system. Surveys include a longitudinal profile, paired with dissolved oxygen and ammonium measurements, cross-section and fluvial wood surveys, hydraulic measurements, and floodplain soil moisture mapping. We found that dissolved oxygen mirrored the channel morphology, but did not vary significantly between reaches. Wood loads were significantly larger downstream of beaver dams, which resulted in significant changes to the ammonium levels. Floodplain soil moisture dynamics revealed that wood loads increased the channel complexity and strengthened connections between the stream channel and floodplain. Future work will continue to explore the complex interconnections between beaver dams, channel morphology, hydraulics, floodplain dynamics and water chemistry.

  19. Monitoring of fluvial transport in small upland catchments - methods and preliminary results

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    Janicki, Grzegorz; Rodzik, Jan; Chabudzi?ski, ?ukasz; Franczak, ?ukasz; Si?uch, Marcin; St?pniewski, Krzysztof; Dyer, Jamie L.; Ko?odziej, Grzegorz; Maciejewska, Ewa

    2014-06-01

    In April 2011 a study was initiated, financed from resources of the Polish National Science Centre, entitled: Rainstorm prediction and mathematic modelling of their environmental and social-economical effects (No. NN/306571640). The study, implemented by a Polish-American team, covers meteorological research, including: (1) monitoring of single cell storms developing in various synoptic situations, (2) detection of their movement courses, and (3) estimation of parameters of their rain field. Empirical studies, including hydrological and geomorphological measurements, are conducted in objects researched thoroughly in physiographic terms (experimental catchments) in the Lublin region (SE Poland), distinguished by high frequency of occurrence of the events described. For comparative purposes, studies are also carried out on selected model areas in the lower course of the Mississippi River valley (USA), in a region with high frequency of summer rainstorms. For detailed studies on sediment transport processes during rainstorm events, catchments of low hydrological rank and their sub-catchments in a cascade system were selected. For the basic, relatively uniform geomorpho logical units distinguished this way, erosion and deposition balance of material transported was determined. The aim of work was to determine influence of weather condition on fluvial transport rate in small catchment with low hydrological order

  20. Spatial Coupling Among Landslides, Geological Structures, Cataclinal Slopes, and Fluvial Knick Zones in Nepal Himalayas

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    Ojha, T. P.; DeCelles, P. G.

    2014-12-01

    This work aims to identify potential landslide hazard zones in the event of heavy precipitation and seismic activity by examining spatial relationships among existing landslides, earthquake epicenters, fault zones, cataclinal (dip) slopes, anaclinal (escarp) slopes, and river steepness index in the Nepal Himalaya. In order to understand this relationship we have mapped existing landslides on Google Earth images and ESRI base maps, assembled high-resolution digital topographic data by digitizing Nepal Government published topographic maps, and gathered geological data from detailed field mapping and compilation of published geological maps. Slope angle and aspect, and dip direction and angle were extracted from GIS-based digital topographical and geological datasets to develop the new slope maps with cataclinal (dip) and anaclinal (escarp) slope distributions. Longitudinal river profiles were also extracted from high resolution DEM's derived from manually digitized contours. The slope maps with cataclinal and anaclinal slope distributions, earthquake epicenters, major geological structures, longitudinal river profiles, and landslide inventories were visualized in ESRI ArcMap 10.2 to examine the spatial correlation among landslides, fault zones, cataclinal slopes and river steepness index. We have found that landslides are spatially correlated with cataclinal slopes and fluvial knick zones with high steepness index in certain thrust boundaries. The main finding of this work is that the topographic slope threshold alone is a crude measure of landslide susceptibility. The analysis of slope using the geometric relationship among topography and geological bedding is crucial for determining landslide susceptibility in the Himalayan region.

  1. Water and nutrient transport on a heavy clay soil in a fluvial plain in the Netherlands.

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    van der Salm, Caroline; van den Toorn, Antonie; Chardon, Wim J; Koopmans, Gerwin F

    2012-01-01

    In flat areas, transport of dissolved nutrients by water through the soil matrix to groundwater and drains is assumed to be the dominant pathway for nutrient losses to ground- and surface waters. However, long-term data on the losses of nutrients to surface water and the contribution of various pathways is limited. We studied nutrient losses and pathways on a heavy clay soil in a fluvial plain in The Netherlands during a 5-yr period. Average annual nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) losses to surface water were 15.1 and 3.0 kg ha(-1) yr(-1), respectively. Losses were dominated by particulate N (50%) and P (70%) forms. Rapid discharge through trenches was the dominant pathway (60-90%) for water and nutrient transport. The contribution of pipe drains to the total discharge of water and nutrients was strongly related to the length of the dry period in the preceding summer. This relationship can be explained by the very low conductivity of the soil matrix and the formation of shrinkage cracks during summer. Losses of dissolved reactive P through pipe drains appear to be dominated by preferential flow based on the low dissolved reactive P concentration in the soil matrix at this depth. Rainfall occurring after manure application played an important role with respect to the annual losses of N and P in spring when heavy rainfall occurred within 2 wk after manure application. PMID:22218191

  2. Increasing the scope of riverine ecology with state-of-the-art fluvial remote sensing (Invited)

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    Torgersen, C.

    2009-12-01

    Remote sensing is literally changing the way ecologists see rivers and streams and the organisms that live within them. Predominantly site-specific, spatially limited views of lotic environments that were so common in the past are evolving rapidly into high-resolution, geographically extensive remotely sensed surveys of physical and biological characteristics. This more rigorous, spatially explicit approach to pattern detection will make it possible to (1) determine with more precision the initial ecological conditions of rivers and associated biota, and (2) monitor the effects and, ultimately, the success, of ecosystem restoration. The broad array of techniques described in this review of the “state of the art” in fluvial remote sensing illustrate that increasing the geographic extent and resolution of our perception through technical means amplifies the power and flexibility of studies to evaluate ecological patterns at multiple scales. Such approaches aim to align data collection and analysis with the innate process of pattern detection in humans and, thus, offer a more complete view that better reflects ecologists’ understanding of heterogeneity, context, and scale in stream ecosystems. Changes brought about by remote sensing in the way studies are designed and conducted will yield great potential for creativity and new discoveries in riverine ecology.

  3. Architectural analysis of a Triassic fluvial system: The Sherwood Sandstone of the East Midlands Shelf, UK

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    Wakefield, Oliver J. W.; Hough, Edward; Peatfield, Alex W.

    2015-08-01

    The Sherwood Sandstone Group of the northeast UK (East Midlands Shelf) has hitherto never been studied in detail to ascertain its palaeoenvironment of deposition, largely because it is poorly exposed. As such, this paper aims to provide the first modern sedimentological interpretation of the Sherwood Sandstone in the east of England based on a field outcrop at the disused quarry at Styrrup. This is in stark contrast to the western parts of England where the Sherwood Sandstone is well exposed and offshore in the North Sea Basin where it is represented by a substantial library of core material where it is also relatively well understood. The outcrop at Styrrup Quarry allows contrasts to be made with the style and expression of the Sherwood Sandstone between eastern and western England. Specifically, this highlights differences around the variation in fluvial discharge (between lowstand and highstand) and the absence of aeolian facies types. It is interpreted that these differences relate to discharge variations between ephemeral and perennial systems with a perennial model proposed for Styrrup Quarry. This model draws upon inferences of additional water input from more local areas, likely topographic uplands of the London-Brabant and Pennine Highs which supplement the primary source of the Variscan Mountains in France with additional water and sediment.

  4. Geology of Hebrus Valles and Hephaestus Fossae, Mars: evidence for basement control of fluvial patterns

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    Christiansen, E.H.

    1985-01-01

    Hebrus Valles (HV) and Hephaestus Fossae (HF) are valley systems located SW of Elysium Mons in the low northern plains of Mars. HV share many of their characteristics with other martian outflow channels--widely interpreted as having formed by catastrophic flooding. The NW-trending HV system is 250 km long and begins in an elongate depression. Individual channels are less than 1 km wide; a braided reach is about 10 km wide. Streamlined islands are abundant in the middle reach. HV terminate as a series of narrow distributaries. No sedimentary deposits are obviously related to the development of the channel. HV cut across a broad expanse of older plains dotted by irregular mesas and smaller knobs. HF are a connected series of linear valley segments which branch and cross downslope but have high junction angles. Locally, the channel pattern is polygonal. HF are parallel to HV but are considerably deeper and longer (600 km). HF also originate in a depression, but to the NW they terminate near the gradational boundary between the knobby plains and polygonally fractured terrain of Utopia Planitia. The valley pattern has led some to suggest that HF are tectonic features. It is suggested that like HV, HF are also of fluvial origin. Downcutting to, or subsurface flow at this pre-existing surface red to a channel pattern that was strongly controlled by the polygonal troughs buried beneath the younger knobby plains materials.

  5. Sensitivity of fluvial sediment source apportionment to mixing model assumptions: A Bayesian model comparison

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    Cooper, Richard J.; Krueger, Tobias; Hiscock, Kevin M.; Rawlins, Barry G.

    2014-11-01

    Mixing models have become increasingly common tools for apportioning fluvial sediment load to various sediment sources across catchments using a wide variety of Bayesian and frequentist modeling approaches. In this study, we demonstrate how different model setups can impact upon resulting source apportionment estimates in a Bayesian framework via a one-factor-at-a-time (OFAT) sensitivity analysis. We formulate 13 versions of a mixing model, each with different error assumptions and model structural choices, and apply them to sediment geochemistry data from the River Blackwater, Norfolk, UK, to apportion suspended particulate matter (SPM) contributions from three sources (arable topsoils, road verges, and subsurface material) under base flow conditions between August 2012 and August 2013. Whilst all 13 models estimate subsurface sources to be the largest contributor of SPM (median 76%), comparison of apportionment estimates reveal varying degrees of sensitivity to changing priors, inclusion of covariance terms, incorporation of time-variant distributions, and methods of proportion characterization. We also demonstrate differences in apportionment results between a full and an empirical Bayesian setup, and between a Bayesian and a frequentist optimization approach. This OFAT sensitivity analysis reveals that mixing model structural choices and error assumptions can significantly impact upon sediment source apportionment results, with estimated median contributions in this study varying by up to 21% between model versions. Users of mixing models are therefore strongly advised to carefully consider and justify their choice of model structure prior to conducting sediment source apportionment investigations.

  6. New microbioassays based on biomarkers are more sensitive to fluvial water micropollution than standard testing methods.

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    Esteban, S; Fernndez Rodrguez, J; Daz Lpez, G; Nuez, M; Valcrcel, Y; Catal, M

    2013-07-01

    Recent investigations suggest that, despite lack of lethality in validated bioassays, micropollutants in surface waters could induce sublethal toxicity in sensitive taxa, jeopardizing their biological performance and eventually leading to populations' extinction. A broader array of testing species, the miniaturization of bioassays and the development of reliable biomarkers of damage are sought in order to improve ecological relevance and cost efficiency of environmental monitoring. Our aim is to assess the different sensitivity of validated bioassays and new approaches using biomarkers as sensitive endpoints of toxicity in spores of Polystichum setiferum and Danio rerio embryos. Six water samples were collected in Tagus basin in summer and winter. Samples tested induce no acute toxicity in validated methods (algae growth inhibition and daphnia mobility inhibition). Summer water samples induced acute membrane damage (lipid peroxidation) in Danio rerio embryos and hormetic increases in fern spore mitochondrial activity. One of the samples dramatically reduced mitochondrial activity indicating severe acute sublethal phytotoxicity. All the winter samples induced significant decreases in fern spore mitochondrial activity and membrane damage increases in Danio rerio embryo. Furthermore, three samples induced lethal phytotoxicity in fern spores. We conclude that the new microbioassays show a better sensitivity to fluvial water micropollution and confirm the necessity to test critical life stages such as development and provide cost-efficient methods for environmental monitoring. PMID:23618774

  7. Mechanisms and timescales of fluvial activity at Mojave and other young Martian craters

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    Goddard, Kate; Warner, Nicholas H.; Gupta, Sanjeev; Kim, Jung-Rack

    2014-03-01

    Mojave Crater, and five other relatively young Late Hesperian to Amazonian-age Martian craters exhibit channelized alluvial fans that are sourced from bedrock-eroded catchments. These catchments emerge from the crests of sloping surfaces, suggesting a formation mechanism that involved precipitation. The evidence for fluvial activity at all six craters is restricted to their interiors and the immediate surrounding regions. Detailed mapping at Mojave reveals the highest density of channels, catchments and fans interior to the crater. Similar landforms are identified outside of the crater, but not beyond ~200 km from the rim. Irregular pits on the floor of Mojave, interpreted as degassing structures from hot impact melt, directly superpose several fan surfaces, and partly destroy the fan toes. This suggests that sediment was mobilized immediately after crater formation, while the crater was still hot. Based on the patterns and timing of channel-fan development at all six craters we favor several hypotheses for the precipitation mechanism: (1) snowfall and melt on young, hot impact craters, (2) impact plume precipitation, and (3) degassing of volatiles from impact melt terrain. Scenario (1) suggests a different global or regional climate relative to modern conditions, requiring equatorial and midlatitude snowfall accumulation. Scenarios (2) and (3) do not necessarily require unique climate conditions, as water may have been mobilized from the target or the impactor.

  8. Mechanisms and Timescales of Fluvial Activity at Mojave and other Young Martian Craters

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    Goddard, Kate; Warner, Nicholas; Gupta, Sanjeev; Kim, Jung-Rack

    2014-05-01

    Mojave crater, and five other relatively young Late Hesperian to Amazonian-age martian craters exhibit channelized alluvial fans that are sourced from bedrock-eroded catchments. These catchments emerge from the crests of sloping surfaces, suggesting a formation mechanism that involved precipitation. The evidence for fluvial activity at all six craters is restricted to their interiors and the immediate surrounding regions. Detailed mapping at Mojave reveals the highest density of channels, catchments and fans interior to the crater. Similar landforms are identified outside of the crater, but not beyond ~200 km from the rim. Irregular pits on the floor of Mojave, interpreted as degassing structures from hot impact melt, directly superpose several fan surfaces, and partly destroy the fan toes. This suggests that sediment was mobilized immediately after crater formation, while the crater was still hot. Based on the patterns and timing of channel-fan development at all six craters we favor several hypotheses for the precipitation mechanism: (1) snowfall and melt on young, hot impact craters, (2) impact plume precipitation, and (3) degassing of volatiles from impact melt terrain. Scenario (1) suggests a different global or regional climate relative to modern conditions, requiring equatorial and mid-latitude snowfall accumulation. Scenarios (2) and (3) do not necessarily require unique climate conditions, as water may have been mobilized from the target or the impactor.

  9. High fluvial export of dissolved organic nitrogen from a peatland catchment with elevated inorganic nitrogen deposition.

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    Edokpa, D A; Evans, M G; Rothwell, J J

    2015-11-01

    This study investigates seasonal concentrations and fluxes of nitrogen (N) species under stormflow and baseflow conditions in the peat dominated Kinder River catchment, south Pennines, UK. This upland region has experienced decades of high atmospheric inorganic N deposition. Water samples were collected fortnightly over one year, in combination with high resolution stormflow sampling and discharge monitoring. The results reveal that dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) constitutes ~54% of the estimated annual total dissolved nitrogen (TDN) flux (14.3 kg N ha(-1) yr(-1)). DON cycling in the catchment is influenced by hydrological and biological controls, with greater concentrations under summer stormflow conditions. Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and DON are closely coupled, with positive correlations observed during spring, summer and autumn stormflow conditions. A low annual mean DOC:DON ratio (<25) and elevated dissolved inorganic N concentrations (up to 63μmoll(-1) in summer) suggest that the Kinder catchment is at an advanced stage of N saturation. This study reveals that DON is a significant component of TDN in peatland fluvial systems that receive high atmospheric inputs of inorganic N. PMID:26119385

  10. Single and mixture effects of pesticides and a degradation product on fluvial biofilms.

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    Tiam, Sandra Kim; Libert, Xavier; Morin, Soizic; Gonzalez, Patrice; Feurtet-Mazel, Agnès; Mazzella, Nicolas

    2014-06-01

    The Morcille River located in the Beaujolais vineyard area (Eastern France) is subjected to strong vine-growing pressure leading to the contamination by a range of herbicides and fungicides of the surrounding freshwater environment. Particularly high concentrations of norflurazon, desmethyl norflurazon and tebuconazole were recorded in spring 2010 at the downstream site of the river. Despite their occurrence in rivers, scarce toxicity data are available for these products, in particular in the case of desmethyl norflurazon (main norflurazon degradation product). Furthermore, the toxicity data are generally available only for single compounds and are issued from single species toxicity tests, leading to a lack of ecological relevance. Consequently, this study was undertaken to evaluate the toxic effects of norflurazon, desmethyl norflurazon and tebuconazole singly and in a ternary mixture on fluvial biofilm. Toxicity tests were performed in microplates for 48 h. Photosynthetic endpoints were measured using pulse amplitude-modulated fluorometry; diatom densities and taxonomic composition were determined. After 48 h of exposure, significant effects on optimal quantum yield (F v/F m) for desmethyl norflurazon and mixture were observed. PMID:24549942

  11. Ice jam-caused fluvial gullies and scour holes on northern river flood plains

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    Smith, Derald G.; Pearce, Cheryl M.

    2002-01-01

    Two anomalous fluvial landforms, gullies and scour holes, eroded into flood plains bordering meandering and braiding river channels have not been previously reported. We observed these features along the Milk River in southern Alberta, Canada, and northern Montana, USA, which has a history of frequent (50% probability of recurrence) and high-magnitude (12% probability of recurrence greater than bankfull) ice jam floods. Gullies have palmate and narrow linear shapes with open-ends downvalley and measure up to 208 m long139 m wide3.5 m deep (below bankfull). Channel ice jams reroute river water across meander lobes and cause headward gully erosion where flow returns to the main channel. Erosion of the most recent gully was observed during the record 1996 ice breakup flood and ice jams. Scour holes (bowl-shaped, closed depressions), eroded by water vortices beneath and between grounded ice jam blocks, measure up to 91 m long22 m wide4.5 m deep. Ice jam-caused gullies may be precursors to the formation of U-shaped oxbow lakes and multiple channels, common in many northern rivers.

  12. Self-similarity and multifractality of fluvial erosion topography: 2. Scaling properties

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    Veneziano, Daniele; Niemann, Jeffrey D.

    2000-07-01

    In a companion paper [Veneziano and Niemann, this issue] the authors have proposed self-similarity and multifractality conditions for fluvial erosion topography within basins and have shown that topographic surfaces with this property can evolve from a broad class of dynamic models. Here we use the same self-similarity and multifractality conditions to derive geomorphological scaling laws of hydrologic interest. We find that several existing relations should be modified, as they were obtained using definitions of the quantities involved or measurement techniques that are inappropriate under self-similarity. These relations include Hack's law, the power law decay of the distributions of contributing area and main channel length, the scaling of channel slope with contributing area, and the self-similarity condition for river courses. Most results are further generalized by replacing main stream flow length and drainage area with generic measures of basin size. The relations we obtain among properly measured topographic variables have simple universal exponents. For example, the exponent of Hack's law is 0.5, the exponent of the distribution of contributing area is -0.5, and the exponent of the distribution of main stream length is -1.0. We also suggest a stochastic condition of drainage network self-similarity that incorporates topological as well as geometric and hydrologic features and a reformulation of Horton's laws using drained area rather than stream order.

  13. Investigating Spatial Interpolation of Light Detection and Ranging Data for Analyzing Fluvial Geomorphic Properties of Streams

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    Besaw, L. E.; Pelletier, K.; Morrissey, L. A.; Rizzo, D. M.

    2007-12-01

    Streams are intricate components of the landscape system that vary across temporal and spatial scales while transporting and storing water, sediment, energy, nutrients as well as aquatic and terrestrial species from one part of the system to another. Such changes have traditionally been captured with extensive expert assessment and/or remote sensing analysis (i.e. photo interpretation). In collaboration with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources River Management Program, this study aims to enhance the capabilities of traditional remote sensing studies by incorporating Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data in the geomorphic assessment of fluvial channels to quantify stream adjustment properties and gain insight into a stream's state of dynamic equilibrium with greater accuracy than traditional methods. A series of 18 digital elevation models (DEM) were generated using three interpolation methods (inverse distance weighting (IDW), natural neighbor (NN), and ordinary kriging), varying raster grid cell sizes (1, 2 and 3m) and different amounts of LiDAR data (bare earth data alone and bare earth with additional reflective data that reduce the mean point spacing) and compared with survey data (n = 689) to determine the optimal interpolation parameters for an agricultural study area, a portion of Allen Brook watershed in northern Vermont. Through analytical comparison, 1m IDW with the additional reflective data was the optimal method for minimizing error metrics but 1m NN (with additional reflective data) was best for retaining maximum elevation range, computational simplicity, and identifying small stream channels.

  14. An environmental model of fluvial tufas in the monsoonal tropics, Barkly karst, northern Australia

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    Carthew, K. D.; Taylor, M. P.; Drysdale, R. N.

    2006-01-01

    Spring-fed streams that deposit tufa (ambient temperature freshwater calcium carbonate deposits) in the tropics of northern Australia are influenced strongly by perennially warm water temperatures, high evaporation rates, and monsoon driven high-magnitude floods. This paper presents an environmental model that will aid interpretation of fossil fluvial tufas throughout monsoonal Australia. In the Barkly karst, northern Australia, tufas form in dam, cascade and pool/waterhole geomorphic environments. Each environment is represented in the morphostratigraphical record by a specific combination of tufa geomorphic units and facies associations. A diverse array of tufa facies is present, including microphytic, larval, calcite raft, macrophytic and allochthonous types. Preservation of particular Barkly karst tufa facies is thought to reflect the strength of monsoonal floods. A strong monsoon is represented by an abundance of flood indicators such as the allochthonous phytoclastic, lithoclastic and intraclastic tufa facies. Conversely, evidence of weak monsoons or a prolonged absence of floods may include oncoids, calcite rafts and thick accumulations of fine carbonate sediments. The history of the Australian monsoon is not fully understood. However, fossil tufa deposits, which record terrestrial climate information, have been preserved throughout northern Australia and hold great potential for reconstructing the region's climate history. Fossil tufa sequences at two Barkly karst sites have been interpreted using the new model. It can be applied to other Barkly karst fossil tufas as well as those in similar environments elsewhere in the world.

  15. Fluvial trace fossils in the Middle Siwalik (Sarmatian-Pontian) of Darjeeling Himalayas, India

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    Chakraborty, Abhijit; Hasiotis, Stephen T.; Ghosh, Bhaskar; Bhattacharya, Harendra Nath

    2013-08-01

    Trace fossils that record animal and plant activity are described for the first time from the Middle Siwalik, Neogene deposits of Darjeeling Himalaya. Sedimentary facies association attests to a channel-interchannel floodplain fluviatile setting. The intimate association of the burrows with phytoliths, rhizoliths, leaf compressions and coal lenses suggest that the tracemakers dominated a floodplain habitat. Point bar deposits host a low diversity Planolites-Naktodemasis-Macanopsis-Cylindricum equilibrium ichnocoenosis in the heterolithic fine sandstone-siltstone-shale facies that alternates with dense, monospecific colonization of Planolites as opportunistic pioneers relocating under stressed condition. Interlayered floodplain deposits in the fluvial successions preserve enigmatic large diameter, vertical tubes within thin to thick-bedded, dark silty shale facies. These tubes bear mixed characters assignable to both crayfish burrows and large-diameter rhizoliths. Further work on these tubes is necessary to make more accurate interpretations of those structures. Shallow to moderate burrow depths; intermittent, short-lived colonization events and preservation of rhizoliths and rhizohalos under fluctuating moisture content indicate short-term fluctuations of a relatively high water table (close to the paleosurface) in an imperfectly drained proximal floodplain setting. Ichnotaxa distribution and their inferred ethology provide significant faunal data that may put constraints on the reconstruction of Middle Siwalik depositional environment.

  16. Characterizing fluvial systems at basin scale by fuzzy signatures of hydromorphological drivers in data scarce environments

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    Schmitt, R.; Bizzi, S.; Castelletti, A.

    2014-06-01

    Despite the relevance of river hydromorphology (HYMO) for integrated water resource management, consistent geomorphic information at the scale of whole river basin is still scarce, especially in emerging economies. In this paper, we propose a new, scalable and globally applicable framework to analyze and classify fluvial systems in data-scarce environments. The framework is based on a data-driven analysis of a multivariate data set of 6 key hydro-morphologic drivers derived using freely available remote-sensing information and several in situ hydrological time series. Core of the framework is a fuzzy classifier that assigns a characteristic signature of HYMO drivers to individual river reaches. We demonstrate the framework on the Red River Basin, a large, trans-boundary river basin in Vietnam and China, where human-induced morphological change, concretely endangering local livelihoods, is contrasted by very limited HYMO information. The derived HYMO information covers spatial scales from the entire basin to individual reaches. It conveys relevant information on subbasin hydro-morphologic characteristic as well as on local geomorphologic forms and processes. The fuzzy classifier successfully distinguishes abrupt from continuous downstream change and spatially dissects the river system in segments with homogeneous hydro-morphologic forcings. Successful numerical modelling of morphologic forms and process rates based on the HYMO signatures indicates that the multivariate, basin-scale classification captures relevant morphological drivers, outperforms an analysis based on local drivers only, and can support river management from diverse, morphology related perspectives over a wide range of scales.

  17. Fluvial transport potential of shed and root-bearing dinosaur teeth from the late Jurassic Morrison Formation

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    Coenen, Jason J.; Noto, Christopher R.

    2014-01-01

    Shed dinosaur teeth are commonly collected microvertebrate remains that have been used for interpretations of dinosaur feeding behaviors, paleoecology, and population studies. However, such interpretations may be biased by taphonomic processes such as fluvial sorting influenced by tooth shape: shed teeth, removed from the skull during life, and teeth possessing roots, removed from the skull after death. As such, teeth may behave differently in fluvial systems due to their differences in shape. In order to determine the influence of fluvial processes on the preservation and distribution of shed and root-bearing dinosaur teeth, the hydrodynamic behaviors of high-density urethane resin casts of shed and root-bearing Allosaurus and Camarasaurus teeth were experimentally tested for relative transport distances at increasing flow velocities in an artificial fluviatile environment. Results show that tooth cast specimens exhibited comparable patterns of transport at lower velocities, though the shed Camarasaurus teeth transported considerably farther in medium to higher flow velocities. Two-Way ANOVA tests indicate significant differences in the mean transport distances of tooth casts oriented perpendicular to flow (p < 0.05) with varying tooth morphologies and flow velocities. The differences exhibited in the transportability of shed and root-bearing teeth has important implications for taphonomic reconstructions, as well as future studies on dinosaur population dynamics, paleoecology, and feeding behaviors. PMID:24765581

  18. Modeling complex flow dynamics of fluvial floods exacerbated by sea level rise in the Ganges–Brahmaputra–Meghna Delta

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    Ikeuchi, Hiroaki; Hirabayashi, Yukiko; Yamazaki, Dai; Kiguchi, Masashi; Koirala, Sujan; Nagano, Takanori; Kotera, Akihiko; Kanae, Shinjiro

    2015-12-01

    Global warming is likely to exacerbate future fluvial floods in the world’s mega-delta regions due to both changing climate and rising sea levels. However, the effects of sea level rise (SLR) on fluvial floods in such regions have not been taken into account in current global assessments of future flood risk, due to the difficulties in modeling channel bifurcation and the backwater effect. We used a state-of-the-art global river routing model to demonstrate how these complexities contribute to future flood hazard associated with changing climate and SLR in the world’s largest mega-delta region, the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta. The model demonstrated that flood water in the main channels flows into tributaries through bifurcation channels, which resulted in an increase in inundation depth in deltaic regions. We found that there were large areas that experienced an increase in inundation depth and period not directly from the SLR itself but from the backwater effect of SLR, and the effect propagated upstream to locations far from the river mouth. Projections under future climate scenarios as well as SLR indicated that exposure to fluvial floods will increase in the last part of the 21st century, and both SLR and channel bifurcation make meaningful contributions.

  19. Riparian vegetation patterns in relation to fluvial landforms and channel evolution along selected rivers of Tuscany (Central Italy)

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Hupp, C.R.; Rinaldi, M.

    2007-01-01

    Riparian vegetation distribution patterns and diversity relative to various fluvial geomorphic channel patterns, landforms, and processes are described and interpreted for selected rivers of Tuscany, Central Italy; with emphasis on channel evolution following human impacts. Field surveys were conducted along thirteen gauged reaches for species presence, fluvial landforms, and the type and amount of channel/riparian zone change. Inundation frequency of different geomorphic surfaces was determined, and vegetation data were analyzed using BDA (binary discriminate analysis) and DCA (detrended correspondence analysis) and related to hydrogeomorphology. Multivariate analyses revealed distinct quantitative vegetation patterns relative to six major fluvial geomorphic surfaces. DCA of the vegetation data also showed distinct associations of plants to processes of adjustment that are related to stage of channel evolution, and clearly separated plants along disturbance/landform/soil moisture gradients. Species richness increases from the channel bed to the terrace and on heterogeneous riparian areas, whereas species richness decreases from moderate to intense incision and from low to intense narrowing. ?? 2007 by Association of American Geographers.

  20. Fusion of Remote Sensing Methods, UAV Photogrammetry and LiDAR Scanning products for monitoring fluvial dynamics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lendzioch, Theodora; Langhammer, Jakub; Hartvich, Filip

    2015-04-01

    Fusion of remote sensing data is a common and rapidly developing discipline, which combines data from multiple sources with different spatial and spectral resolution, from satellite sensors, aircraft and ground platforms. Fusion data contains more detailed information than each of the source and enhances the interpretation performance and accuracy of the source data and produces a high-quality visualisation of the final data. Especially, in fluvial geomorphology it is essential to get valuable images in sub-meter resolution to obtain high quality 2D and 3D information for a detailed identification, extraction and description of channel features of different river regimes and to perform a rapid mapping of changes in river topography. In order to design, test and evaluate a new approach for detection of river morphology, we combine different research techniques from remote sensing products to drone-based photogrammetry and LiDAR products (aerial LiDAR Scanner and TLS). Topographic information (e.g. changes in river channel