Denudation Studies: Can We Assume Stream Steady State?

Science  20 Jun 1975:
Vol. 188, Issue 4194, pp. 1207-1208
DOI: 10.1126/science.188.4194.1207


Contemporary stream sediment loads are dubious indicators of regional denudation. Recent analysis of ten river basins in the southeastern United States indicates that of the material eroded from upland slopes since European settlement, only about 5 percent has been exported. The remainder, alluvium and colluvium, will probably not be exported because of extensive reservoir impoundments.