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James Petersen
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2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

How does urbanization affect runoff, discharge, and flood potential in a drainage basin?

To determine

The way in which urbanization affects runoff, discharge, and flood potential in a drainage basin.

Explanation

As urbanization progresses, the number of roads, buildings, footpaths, and parking lots go up at a higher rate. These are impermeable surfaces that do not allow the infiltartion of water. Therefore, the water undergoes runoff at a faster rate as there exists no pores on the surface for the water to penetrate deep into the ground.

The impervious surfaces also increases the discharge...

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