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Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory and Geomorphology Research Group

Rio Puerco Erosion Rates



In the semi-arid landscape of New Mexico, the ephemeral Rio Puerco transports large amounts of sediment when it does flow. We sampled the drainage network of this river finding great variability in erosion rates over space, but not over time.
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USGS Rio Puerco sediment transport USGS 98HQGR1040
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People Working on this Project
Paul Bierman
Marc Caffee
Erik Clapp
Allen Gellis
Christine Massey
Susan Nies
Milan Pavich
Publications Related to this Project

Bierman, P.R., Reuter, J.M., Pavich, M., Gellis, A.C., Caffee, M.W., and Larsen, J., 2005, Using cosmogenic nuclides to contrast rates of erosion and sediment yield in a semi-arid, arroyo-dominated landscape, Rio Puerco Basin, New Mexico: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 30, p. 935-953. (download pdf)

Gellis, A.C., Pavich, M.J., Bierman, P.R., Clapp, E.M., Ellevein, A., and Aby, S., 2004, Modern sediment yield compared to geologic rates of sediment production in a semi-arid basin, New Mexico: assessing the human impact: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 29. (download pdf)

Clapp, E.M., Bierman, P.R., Nichols, K.K., Pavich, M., and Caffee, M., 2001, Rates of sediment supply to arroyos from upland erosion determined using in situ produced cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al: Quaternary Research (New York), v. 55, p. 235-245. (download pdf)
Abstracts Related to this Project

Pavich, M.J., Bierman, P.R., Gellis, A.C., and Reuter, J.M., 2003, Rates and scales of sediment production in the Rio Puerco Basin, New Mexico, XVI INQUA Congress: Reno, Nevada, p. 19. (download pdf)

Bierman, P.R., Pavich, M., Gellis, A., and Caffee, M., 2001, Erosion of the Rio Puerco Basin, New Mexico - First cosmogenic analysis of sediments from the network of a drainage large basin: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 32, p. A-314. (download pdf)

Gellis, A., Pavich, M., Bierman, P., Ellevein, A., Clapp, E., and Caffee, M., 2001, Modern compared to geologic rates of erosion in Arroyo Chavez, Rio Puerco Basin, New Mexico: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 32, p. A-286. (download pdf)

Gellis, A., Pavich, M., Bierman, P., Ellwein, A., Aby, S., and Clapp, E., 2001, Comparison of geomorphic and isotopic measurements for erosion in the Rio Puerco, New Mexico, in Cole, J.C., ed., U. S. Geological Survey Middle Rio Grande basin study; proceedings Open-File Report - U. S. Geological Survey (2001), U. S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, p. 46-47. (download pdf)

Clapp, E.M., Bierman, P.B., and Caffee, M.W., 1998, Estimating long-term erosion rates in a hyper-arid region using in situ produced cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al in sediment and bedrock: Geological Society of America, 1998 annual meeting Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America, v. 30, p. 361. (download pdf)

Clapp, E.M., Bierman, P.R., and Caffee, M., 1997, Rates of erosion determined using in situ produced cosmogenic isotopes in a small arroyo basin, northwestern New Mexico: Geological Society of America, 1997 annual meeting Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America, v. 29, p. 371-372. (download pdf)

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