(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Role of erosion processes on the morphogenesis of a semiarid badland area. Bardenas Reales (NE Spain)

published at : Updating badlands research

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

DESIR G. (1) ; MARÍN C. (1) ;
(1) Earth Science Dept., Fac. of Science, Univ., Zaragoza, ESPAGNE


Bardenas Reales badlands are located in the middle-western sector of the Ebro Depression, northern Spain. Several erosion processes operate in the Bardenas Reales : rilling, gullying, piping and mass movements. The relative role played by these processes on the morphogenesis is largely controlled by physico-chemical properties of the materials and climatic conditions. Precipitation distribution over the year controls the development of mass movements, whereas regolith physical–chemical properties favor piping, gullying and rilling during the rainfall maxima. Soil erodibility in this area is clearly controlled by the sodium content and the presence of swelling clays. These factors determine the distribution and appearance of piping processes. Cracking in Holocene clay deposits, devoid of swelling clays, is related to high sodium content that confers a dispersive character. Clay dispersion causes loss of cohesion favoring piping


Thematical fascicle

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 106 [pp. 83-92]

Bibliographic references : 45 ref.

Collation : fig., tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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