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

January 1, 2004

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.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2004
Title Desert Landforms and Surface Processes in the Mojave National Preserve and Vicinity
DOI 10.3133/ofr20041007
Authors Philip W. Stoffer
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2004-1007
Index ID ofr20041007
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization