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Potential hazards from floodflows and debris movement in the Furnace Creek area, Death Valley National Monument, California-Nevada

Open-File Report 79-991

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Abstract

Death Valley is known as the driest and hottest region in the United States. Despite the aridity of the valley itself, however , very heavy rainfall sometimes occurs in the nearby mountains. Such violent rainstorms are likely to be of relatively short duration and to occur over rather small areas; nevertheless, they sometimes produce large floodflows that in turn cause severe erosion and flows of debris. The debris-laden flows may be hazardous to life and property. Given sufficient knowledge of the hydrologic and hydraulic environment, the degree of hazard can be estimated. Potential hazards are defined for areas in the vicinity of the Furnace Creek fan and the Park Service residential area. (Woodard-USGS)

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Potential hazards from floodflows and debris movement in the Furnace Creek area, Death Valley National Monument, California-Nevada
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
79-991
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1979
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
iv, 50 p. ill. (some col.), maps ;29 cm.