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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536

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2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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A mass of wet sediment, including numerous large boulders, traveled rapidly down a desert canyon. The mass stopped moving when it spread out downslope of the canyon mouth, leaving a deposit in the form of a lobe. Laboratory analysis revealed that the sediment consisted of 18% clay, 29% silt, 27% sand, and 26% gravel. Based on this information, what type of mass wasting event was it?

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The type of mass wasting event on the basis of the given information.

Explanation

The faster flows that move down gullies or canyon stream channels for at least part of their travel are termed as debris flow. As a result, raised channel rims are generated at the locations where they spill out of the channel. The deposits that are formed by this processes are known as flow levees and leave lobate...

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