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Erosion and sediment yields in the Transverse Ranges, Southern California

January 1, 1978

Major-storm and long-term erosion rates in mountain watersheds of the western Transverse Ranges of Ventura County, Calif., are estimated to range from low values that would not require the construction of catchments or channel-stabilization structures to values as high as those recorded anywhere for comparable bedrock erodibilities. A major reason for this extreme variability is the high degree of tectonic activity in the area--watersheds are locally being uplifted by at least as much as 25 feet per 1,000 years, yet the maximum extrapolated rate of denudation measured over the longest available period of record is 7.5 feet per 1,000 years adjusted to a drainage area of 0.5 square mile. Evidence of large amounts of uplift continuing into historic time includes structurally overturned strata of Pleistocene age, active thrust faulting, demonstrable stream antecedence, uplifted and deformed terraces, and other results of base-level change seen in stream channels. Such evidence is widespread in the Transverse Ranges, and aspects of the landscape are locally more a function of tectonic activity than of the denudational process. (Woodard-USGS)

Publication Year 1978
Title Erosion and sediment yields in the Transverse Ranges, Southern California
DOI 10.3133/pp1030
Authors Kevin M. Scott, Rhea P. Williams
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Professional Paper
Series Number 1030
Index ID pp1030
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse