Quantitative morphometric analysis of the Jama River profile in a tectonically active margin (Northwestern Ecuador)

Pedro S.B. Reyes, Mauricio E. Valarezo, Jenry Córdova, François A. Michaud, Camilo Zapata

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The longitudinal profile of a river channel can be described in function of mathematical expressions. The logarithmic fit is the most used method to describe the relative equilibrium of a channel elevation profile. Rivers showing zones of high channel gradient and convex-upward profiles can be evaluated in function of the offset distance with respect to the logarithmic curve. The Jama River profile has been constructed using differential GPS data for the downstream reach and 4-m-grid DEM data base for the remaining headward profile. The resulting longitudinal profile shows a prominent knickpoint of about 80 m in elevation characterized by sharp local convexity. The offset distance in vertical direction from the logarithmic plot is interpreted as the successive accumulation of multiple uplift episodes associated with the Jama Fault System activity. The horizontal offset is suggested to represent the remaining retreated distance for the upstream propagation of the Jama knickpoint. The highly resistant Cretaceous rocks outcropping along the Jama knickpoint reach acts as an inflection point between two subprofiles that show well-fitted logarithmic curves, thereby representing a temporary partitioned equilibrium along the Jama River profile.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)966-975
Número de páginas10
PublicaciónJournal of Mountain Science
EstadoPublicada - 1 may. 2018
Publicado de forma externa


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