MD-DE-DC WSC Geomorphology and Sediment Studies Capabilities

Streambank material dominates in watershed

Streambank material dominates in watershed

This study examines the contributions of sediment sources within Upper Difficult Run, a suburbanized watershed in Fairfax County, Virginia. A sediment source library was constructed from stream banks, forest soils, and road dust.

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Pavement contributing sediment to urban streams

Pavement contributing sediment to urban streams

Dirt, sand, and other particulate material on parking lots and streets is washing off into urban streams, reports a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey Regional Stream Quality Assessment.

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Sediment Sources in Linganore Creek Watershed

Sediment Sources in Linganore Creek Watershed

Sediment fingerprinting quantifies the delivery of finegrained sediment from a watershed and sediment-budget measurements quantify the erosion and deposition of fine-grained sediment. Both approaches were used to determine the sources of sediments.

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Geomorphology is classified as the study of the origin and evolution of topographic and bathymetric features created by physical, chemical or biological processes operating at or near the Earth's surface. Adding water creates a whole new dynamic known as Fluvial Morphology. Rivers and streams act as conduits of water along with sediment. As water flows over the channel bed, it is able to mobilize sediment and transport it downstream. The rate of sediment transport depends on the availability of sediment itself on the riverbed as well as its discharge.

Geomorphology is classified as the study of the origin and evolution of topographic and bathymetric features created by physical, chemical or biological processes operating at or near the Earth's surface. Adding water creates a whole new dynamic known as Fluvial Morphology. Rivers and streams act as conduits of water along with sediment. As water flows over the channel bed, it is able to mobilize sediment and transport it downstream. The rate of sediment transport depends on the availability of sediment itself on the riverbed as well as its discharge.

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CONED Mapping Fluvial Ecosystems Topobathymetric Data Delaware River