Contrasts in Late Pleistocene to Holocene fluvial behavior along the Middle Rio Chama
Lyman Persico, Grant Meyer, Jed Frechette, Jennifer New, and Chris Hepler
A preliminary analysis of terraces along the middle Rio Chama indicates that there was an episode of rapid valley aggradation within the last 700 years. Input of sandy sediment from Mesozoic and Cenozoic sedimentary and volcaniclastic rocks in the drainage basin was apparently sufficient to overwhelm discharges in the study reach and cause substantial aggradation, despite snowmelt runoff from the high-elevation upper basin.
- Persico, Lyman; Meyer, Grant; Frechette, Jed; New, Jennifer; Hepler, Chris, 2005, Contrasts in Late Pleistocene to Holocene fluvial behavior along the Middle Rio Chama, in: Geology of the Chama Basin, Lucas, Spencer G.; Zeigler, Kate E.; Lueth, Virgil W.; Owen, Donald E., New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook, 56th Field Conference, pp. 432-433.