(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1996)

Document title

Dynamical processes on desert pavements and the healing of surficial disturbances

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HAFF P.K. (1) ; WERNER B.T. ;
(1) Duke University, Dept. of Geology, Durham, North Carolina 27708-0230, ETATS-UNIS


This study focuses on desert pavement in Panamint Valley, just west of Death Valley, California, and documents the healing of surface scars showing that clast displacement is an essential element of pavement integrity and longevity. Human disturbance to the pavement cover, if not too extensive, can also be repaired by this mechanism. The cross-surface flux of stones also represents a powerful smoothing agent, lowering topographic highs and filling topographic depressions. The results presented here support a recent model of pavement formation on volcanic flow surfaces that emphasizes the importance of dust-accretion over deflation


Article of periodic

published at : Quaternary research / ISSN 0033-5894 / CODEN QRESAV

Editor : Elsevier, San Diego, CA - ETATS-UNIS (1970)

Millesime : 1996, vol. 45, no1 [pp. 38-46]

Bibliographic references : 35 ref.

Collation : Illustration ;



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 15739

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