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Desert Landforms and Surface Processes in the Mojave National Preserve and Vicinity

Open-File Report 2004-1007

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Abstract

Landscape features in the Mojave National Preserve are a product of ongoing processes involving tectonic forces, weathering, and erosion. Long-term climatic cycles (wet and dry periods) have left a decipherable record preserved as landform features and sedimentary deposits. This website provides and introduction to climate-driven desert processes influencing landscape features including stream channels, alluvial fans, playas (dry lakebeds), dunes, and mountain landscapes. Bedrock characteristics, and the geometry of past and ongoing faulting, fracturing, volcanism, and landscape uplift and subsidence influence the character of processes happening at the surface.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Desert Landforms and Surface Processes in the Mojave National Preserve and Vicinity
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2004-1007
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2004
Language:
ENGLISH
Description:
Online