Harvey, Adrian M.
AffiliationUniversity of Valencia, University of Liverpool, University of Chester, University of Almería, CSIC, Almería
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AbstractThe complex badland landscape at Tabernas results from a combination of relief amplitude generated by tectonic uplift since the Pliocene and reactivated several times during the Pleistocene, the properties of the Tortonian sedimentary rocks and a predominantly arid climate. The landscape is dominated by deep incision of the main river systems, which continues in part of the headwater tributaries, and characterized by contrasting slope morphologies and a variety of microecosystems. The Tabernas badlands exhibit a diversity of landforms resulting from the combination of multi-age soil surface components that allow a variety of processes to operate at different rates. These are dominated by rilling and shallow mass movements on south-facing hillslopes. On old surfaces and north-facing hillslopes, where biological components are present, overland flow with variable infiltration capacity and low erosion rates prevail. Incision in the gully bottoms occurs in the most active areas.
CitationCalvo-Cases, A., Harvey, A., Alexander, R., Cantón, Y., Lázaro, R., Solé-Benet, A., & Puigdefábregas, J. (2014). Badlands in the Tabernas Basin, Betic Chain. In F. Gutiérrez & M. Gutiérrez (Eds.), Landscapes and Landforms of Spain (pp. 197-211): Springer Netherlands.
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