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Desert fluvial terraces and their relationship with basin development in the Sonoran Desert, Basin and Range: Case studies from south-central Arizona.

Abstract A fundamental gap in geomorphic scholarship regards fluvial terraces in small desert drainages and those terraces associated with integrating drainages. This dissertation analyzes four field-based case studies within the Sonoran Desert, south-central Arizona, with the overriding purpose of developing a theory to explain the formative processes and spatial distribution of fluvial terraces in the region. Strath terraces are a common form (Chapters 2, 3, 4) and are created at the expense of bounding pediments that occur on the margins of constraining mountainous drainage boundaries (Chapters 1, 2, 3). Base-level fluctuations of the major drainages cause the formation of new straths at lower elevations. Dramatic pediment adjustment and subseque... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Larson, Phillip Herman (Author) / Dorn, Ron I (Advisor) / Schmeeckle, Mark (Advisor) / Douglass, John (Committee member) / Cerveny, Randy (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Geomorphology / Geology / Geography / Arid Geomorphology / Basin and Range / Fill Terrace / Fluvial Geomorphology / Pediment / Strath Terrace
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 232 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Geography 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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