Palaeohydrologic analysis of Holocene flood slack-water sediments.

V. R. Baker, R. C. Kochel, P. C. Patton, G. Pickup

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Estimates of the frequency and discharge of large floods can be refined and extended over the past 10 000 years through the study of slack-water sediments deposited in bedrock canyons and gorges. Slack-water deposits are typically fine-grained sand and silt that accumulate during major floods in protected areas where current velocity is reduced, such as in back-flooded tributary mouths, at channel expansions, and downstream from bedrock spurs. Relatively narrow bedrock canyons in arid, savanna, and semi-arid regions provide excellent areas for estimating flood discharges from the elevation of slack-water deposits. The accumulation and preservation of slack-water sediment sequences appear to be controlled by tributary-mainstream junction morphology and by tributary drainage basin efficiency. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-239
Number of pages11
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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