(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Influence of bedrock structures on the spatial pattern of erosional landforms in small alpine catchments

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

LOYE A. (1) ; PEDRAZZINI A. (1) ; THEULE J.I. (2) ; JABOYEDOFF M. (1) ; LIÉBAULT F. (2) ; METZGER R. (1) ;
(1) Inst. of Geomatics and Risk Analysis, Univ., Lausanne, SUISSE
(2) IRSTEA Grenoble, Unité de Recherche ETNA, Saint-Martin d'Hères, FRANCE


The structural control of erosion of 2 small alpine catchments of distinctive rock types is evaluated by comparing the correspondences between the orientations of their gullies and rock couloirs with (1) the sliding orientations of potential slope failures mechanisms, and (2) the orientation of the maximum joint frequency, this latter being considered as the direction exploited primarily by erosion and mass wasting processes. The morphostructural analysis was performed using digital elevation models and field observations. The orientations of the maximum joint frequency are clearly associated with the gully network, suggesting that its development is governed by anisotropy in rock strength. These 2 catchments are typical of bedrock-dominated basins prone to intense processes of debris supply. This study suggests a quantitative approach for describing the relationship between bedrock jointing and geomorphic features geometry


Article of periodic

published at : Earth surface processes and landforms / ISSN 0197-9337 / CODEN ESPLDB

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1981)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 37, no13 [pp. 1407-1423]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 18 fig., 2 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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