Impacts of Climate Change and Land Use on the Southwestern United States
Erosion in the Rio Puerco: Geography and Processes

Sediment Erosion Potential

Erosion Potential Curve

This curve depicts the general rate of sediment delivery by streams according to their drainage basins' mean annual precipitation. For low precipitation there is little water to move sediment; for high precipitation vegetation holds sediment in place. The maximum of sediment production occurs in semi-arid basins.
Adapted from Figure 3-7 of Leopold, L.B., Wolman, M.G., and Miller, J.P., 1964,
Fluvial processes in geomorphology, 522 p., Freeman, San Francisco.

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