Historical rainfall patterns and arroyo activity within the Zuni River drainage basin, New Mexico

Robert Balling, S. G. Wells

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Abstract

Our analyses illustrate the linkage between arroyos and changes that occurred through time in local precipitation patterns. Substantial archival and geological evidence confirms dominant downcutting in the intermediate and small-size arroyos within the basin for a 20- to 30- year period beginning near 1905. Historical climatic records reveal a long and severe drought from 1898-1904; this drought ended abruptly with three years dominated by unusually frequent high-intensity summer rainfall events. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnals - Association of American Geographers
Pages603-617
Number of pages15
Volume80
Edition4
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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    Balling, R., & Wells, S. G. (1990). Historical rainfall patterns and arroyo activity within the Zuni River drainage basin, New Mexico. In Annals - Association of American Geographers (4 ed., Vol. 80, pp. 603-617)