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Potential hazards from floodflows and debris movement in the Furnace Creek area, Death Valley National Monument, California-Nevada

January 1, 1994

Death Valley is known as the driest and hottest region in the United States. Despite the aridity of the valley itself, however , very heavy rainfall sometimes occurs in the nearby mountains. Such violent rainstorms are likely to be of relatively short duration and to occur over rather small areas; nevertheless, they sometimes produce large floodflows that in turn cause severe erosion and flows of debris. The debris-laden flows may be hazardous to life and property. Given sufficient knowledge of the hydrologic and hydraulic environment, the degree of hazard can be estimated. Potential hazards are defined for areas in the vicinity of the Furnace Creek fan and the Park Service residential area. (Woodard-USGS)

Citation Information

Publication Year 1979
Title Potential hazards from floodflows and debris movement in the Furnace Creek area, Death Valley National Monument, California-Nevada
DOI 10.3133/ofr79991
Authors John R. Crippen
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 79-991
Index ID ofr79991
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization