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Sources, sinks and storage of river sediments in the Atlantic drainage of the United States.

Journal of Geology

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Abstract

The history of sediment and its movement in the Atlantic drainage demonstrate some of the difficulties of modeling sediment on a river-basin scale. Soil erosion was accelerated by a factor of at least 10 when European settlers cleared forests and planted crops. Large quantities of eroded material are still stored on hillslopes and in stream valleys where they continue to augment the sediment loads of the rivers. This sediment will emerge from storage for many decades. The reservoirs that have been built on many of the major rivers trap significant portions of the moving sediment. Essentially all the river sediment that reaches the Atlantic coastal zone is trapped in estuaries and coastal marshlands. -from Author

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Sources, sinks and storage of river sediments in the Atlantic drainage of the United States.
Series title:
Journal of Geology
Volume
90
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1982
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Geology
First page:
235
Last page:
252
Number of Pages:
18