University of Vermont

Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory and Geomorphology Research Group

Vermont Alluvial Fans



Humid-temperate Vermont has alluvial fans, not quite at the scale of western North America, but these humid-temperate alluvial fans have their own story to tell. Using numerous back-hoe trenches, detailed stratigraphic analysis, precision surveying, and numerous radiocarbon dates, we reconstructed intervals of increased fan sedimentation and thus hillslope erosion. The human impact on the landscape is clearly shown by the uptick in sedimentation rates over the last several hundred years.
Project Support
NSF EAR-9702643 - CAREER award -- Timing and Distribution of Extreme Hydrologic Events
Proposal Project Summary (download pdf)
People Working on this Project
Paul Bierman
Amy Church
Karen Jennings
John Southon
Tim Whalen
Paul Zehfuss
Theses Related to this Project

Karen Jennings, MS thesis (2001): Depositional histories of New England alluvial fans (download pdf)

Amy Church, MS thesis (1997): Fan deposits in northwestern Vermont: Depositional activity and aggradation rates over the last 9,500 years (download pdf)

Paul Zehfuss, Undergraduate Honors thesis (1996): Alluvial fans in Vermont as recorders of changes in sedimentation rates due to deforestation (download pdf)
Publications Related to this Project

Jennings, K., Bierman, P., and Southon, J., 2003, Timing and style of deposition on humid-temperate fans, Vermont, United States: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 115, p. 182-199. (download pdf)

Bierman, P.R., and Robison, J., 2000, Henry's Land, in Schneiderman, J., ed., Geology's Gaze, Freeman. (download pdf)

Bierman, P.R., Brown, S.L., Jennings, K., and Noren, A., 1999, The Holocene record of hillslope erosion in Vermont: Five years of chasing paleo-storms and the effects of clear cutting: New England Intercollegiate Geologic Conference Guidebook (pre-meeting workshop). (download pdf)

Noren, A., Jennings, K., Bierman, P., Galster, J.C., Fredriksen, G., and Janukajtis, F.A., 1999, A regional record of Holocene hillslope erosion from lake and alluvial fan sediment, Vermont: New England Intercollegiate Geologic Conference Guidebook. (download pdf)

Bierman, P., Lini, A., Davis, P.T., Southon, J., Baldwin, L., Church, A., and Zehfuss, P., 1997, Post-glacial ponds and alluvial fans: recorders of Holocene landscape history: GSA Today, v. 7, p. 1-8. (download pdf)

Wright, S.F., Whalen, T.N., Zehfuss, P.H., and Bierman, P.R., 1997, Late Pleistocene-Holocene history: Huntington River and Miller Brook valleys, northern Vermont, New England Intercollegiate Geologic Conference Guidebook, Volume C4, p. 1-30. (download pdf)
Abstracts Related to this Project

Jennings, K.L., and Bierman, P.R., 2000, Timing of storm-induced depositional events on Vermont alluvial fans: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 32, p. A-512. (download pdf)

Jennings, K., Fredriksen, G., Noren, A., and Bierman, P.R., 1999, Characterizing alluvial fan deposits in Vermont and eastern New York: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 31, p. A-50. (download pdf)

Bierman, P.R., Lini, A., Brown, S., Davis, P.T., and Zehfuss, P., 1997, Fans and pond sediments record concurrent episodes of hillslope erosion: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 29, p. A-411. (download pdf)

Zehfuss, P., and Bierman, P., 1996, Alluvial fans in Vermont as recorders of changes in sedimentation rates due to deforestation: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 28, p. A-112. (download pdf)

Church, T.M., and Bierman, P., 1995, Episodic fan aggradation in the Winooski drainage basin, northwestern Vermont: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 27, p. A-36. (download pdf)

Church, A., and Bierman, P.R., 1994, Post-glacial landscape change in northern Vermont: Erosion and sedimentation in the Winooski Basin: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 26, p. A-301. (download pdf)

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