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Contrasting bedrock incision rates from snowmelt and flash floods in the Henry Mountains, Utah

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Johnson, Joel P L, Whipple, Kelin X, and Sklar, Leonard S, Contrasting bedrock incision rates from snowmelt and flash floods in the Henry Mountains, Utah: .

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Hydrograph variability and channel morphology influence rates of fluvial bedrock incision, but little data exist on these controls in natural channels. Through field monitoring we demonstrate that (1) short-term bedrock channel incision can be rapid, (2) sustained floods with smaller peak discharges can be more erosive than flash floods with higher peak discharges, due to changes in bed alluviation, and (3) bedrock channel morphology varies with local bed slope and controls the spatial distribution of erosion. We present a three-year record of flow depths and bedrock erosion for a human-perturbed channel reach that drains the Henry Mountains of Utah, USA. Starting from a small and steep ([~]30% slope), engineered knickpoint in Navajo [...]

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From Source - Mendeley RIS Export <br> On - Wed Sep 19 08:08:31 MDT 2012

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