Debris flow monitoring at Chalk Cliffs, CO (2016)

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Detailed Description

The USGS and its cooperators have installed debris-flow monitoring equipment in the largest drainage basin at Chalk Cliffs, CO. Data collection at this site supports research on the hydrologic factors that control debris-flow initiation, entrainment, and flow dynamics.

This debris flow took place August 18, 2016. The video includes two different views of an instrumented reach of the channel.

Chalk Cliffs, located 8 miles southwest of Buena Vista, CO, is one of the most active debris-flow areas in the state. Typically one or more debris flows occur each year after intense or prolonged rainfall. The debris flows are triggered by surface-water runoff over loose material stored in channels.


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Length: 00:02:14

Location Taken: Chalk Cliffs, CO, US

Video Credits

Steven Sobieszczyk, Video Editor, USGS