The influence of debris-flow rheology on fan morphology, Owens Valley, California

K. X. Whipple, T. Dunne

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Abstract

These fans have average slopes of 4°; an extensive network of abandoned, boulder-lined channels; rough, undulatory surfaces near the range front; and smooth distal surfaces. Field relationships and mechanical considerations indicate that the channels of the bajada are products of fluvial incision and not debris-flow scour. The frequency distribution of debris-flow rheologies, set by source-terrain geology and hydrology, is an important control on fan morphology. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)887-900
Number of pages14
JournalGeological Society of America Bulletin
Volume104
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology

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