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Alpine and mountain slopes represent important pathways that link high-altitude grazing areas to meadows and rangelands at lower elevations. Given the acute gradients associated with such environments, we hypothesize that terracettes act as efficient runoff conveyance routes that facilitate the movement of runoff and associated material during erosion events. This hypothesis was partially disproved during a series of rainfall/runoff simulations on a well-developed terracette system, however.
Articles | Volume 70, issue 1
Geogr. Helv., 70, 63–73, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-70-63-2015

Special issue: Mapping, measuring and modeling in geomorphology

Geogr. Helv., 70, 63–73, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-70-63-2015

Standard article 23 Feb 2015

Standard article | 23 Feb 2015

The influence of terracettes on the surface hydrology of steep-sloping and subalpine environments: some preliminary findings

P. Greenwood et al.

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Alpine and mountain slopes represent important pathways that link high-altitude grazing areas to meadows and rangelands at lower elevations. Given the acute gradients associated with such environments, we hypothesize that terracettes act as efficient runoff conveyance routes that facilitate the movement of runoff and associated material during erosion events. This hypothesis was partially disproved during a series of rainfall/runoff simulations on a well-developed terracette system, however.
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