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Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory and Geomorphology Research Group

Drainage Basin Dynamics, Panama



The Panama Canal is dependent on reservoir storage to maintain flows during periods of dry weather. Erosion of drainage basins, some of which have been cleared for logging or agriculture, fills reservoirs and lowers their capacity. By collecting samples from Panamanian drainage basins and analyzing 10Be in these samples, we have estimated long-term rates of sediment generation for this humid tropical landscape.
Project Support
DoD Sediment generation in Panama DAAD19-02-1-043
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DoD ARO 2 Understanding rates of change DAAD199910143
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DoD DEPSCOR- Erosion and Sedimentation Extreme Environments: DAAD19-03-1-0205
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People Working on this Project
Paul Bierman
Jennifer Larsen
Kyle Nichols
Abstracts Related to this Project

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Larsen, J., and Finkel, R.C., 2006, A 10Be view of tropical erosion: The Rio Chagres, A steady supply of sediment in Panama: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 38, p. 97. (download pdf)

Nichols, K.K., Bierman, P.R., Larsen, J., and Finkel, R.C., 2002, Sedimentation of the Panama Canal reservoir: Cosmogenic nuclide estimates of background sediment yield: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. (download pdf)

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