Alluvial-River Response to Neotectonic Deformation in Louisiana and Mississippi

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Science  07 Oct 1983:
Vol. 222, Issue 4619, pp. 49-50
DOI: 10.1126/science.222.4619.49


Repeat geodetic surveys show uplift of the Monroe and Wiggins anticlines in Louisiana and Mississippi. There are deformed Quaternary terraces, which indicate long-term deformation in the valleys of the alluvial rivers that cross these structures, and there are floodplain and channel convexities that provide evidence of modern deformation. In addition, the channels show significant variations of morphology (sinuosity, gradient, and depth) and behavior appropriate to reaches of increased and decreased valley slope. These alluvial rivers are adjusting to modern deformation and their adjustment confirms two geodetic leveling anomalies.