Rock-Mantled Slopes

  • Anthony J. Parsons
  • Athol D. Abrahams
  • Alan D. Howard

Desert hillslopes below the angle of repose are dominated by the weathering characteristics of the underlying lithology, and specifically by the rate of production of fine material compared to the rate of removal. The previous chapter considered hillslopes underlain by massive rocks, or those in layered rocks dominated by outcropping resistant layers. These lithologies are weathering limited, and give rise to hillslopes where a surficial layer of weathered material is thin or absent. On more readily weathered lithologies a more-or-less continuous layer of debris is found. This layer of debris is subject to pedogenic processes. This chapter deals with such hillslopes.

Keywords

Clay Transportation Sandstone Compaction Silt 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony J. Parsons
    • 1
  • Athol D. Abrahams
    • 2
  • Alan D. Howard
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeographySheffield Centre for International Drylands Research, University of SheffieldSheffield S10 2TNUK
  2. 2.Department of GeographyState University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA
  3. 3.Department of Environmental SciencesUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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