Flood power

V. R. Baker, J. E. Costa

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Channel boundary shear stress and stream power per unit boundary area are very useful concepts in assessing the role of rare, great floods in producing major geomorphic responses in fluvial systems. These variables were determined for the largest known flash floods in small drainage basins and for six historic dam-failure floods, predominantly in the United States. Even more powerful floods can be analyzed by paleohydraulic procedures. The Pleistocene Missoula floods and floods on the planet Mars approached ultimate limits of flood power defined by the onset on cavitation in fluvial flows. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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