The sand dunes of the Colorado River, Grand Canyon, USA

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Abstract

The flow (Wright and Kaplinski, 2011), suspended sediment transport (Topping et al., 2000), sediment storage (Grams et al., 2013), and sedimentology of sandbars (Rubin et al., 1998) of the 250 miles of the Colorado River that run through Grand Canyon National Park have been well studied and described. However, there has been little systematic or synoptic description of the morphologies and sedimentology of the riverbed, where at least 80 percent of the active sand occurs (Grams et al., 2013). Here, we use high-resolution bathymetric and backscatter measurements collected with multibeam echosounder to comprehensively describe the morphology, sedimentology, and kinematics of sand dunes, and to estimate bedload sediment transport in certain reaches of the river.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title The sand dunes of the Colorado River, Grand Canyon, USA
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher University of Trento - Italy
Contributing office(s) Southwest Biological Science Center
Description 1 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title RCEM 2017 – Back to Italy—The 10th Symposium on River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics
First page 161
Last page 161
Conference Title RCEM 2017 – Back to Italy—The 10th Symposium on River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics
Conference Location Trento-Padova, Italy
Conference Date September 15-22, 2017
Country United States
Other Geospatial Colorado River, Grand Canyon