Accession Number : ADA299154

Title :   Geomorphology and Quarternary Geologic History of the Lower Mississippi Valley. Volume 1.

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS GEOTECHNICAL LAB

Personal Author(s) : Saucier, Roger T.

PDF Url : ADA299154

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 418

Abstract : This comprehensive, two-volume synthesis, the first in 50 years, is aimed at a multidisciplinary audience concerned with multiple aspects of water resources engineering and natural and cultural resources management. It presents at a scale of 1:250,000 the distribution of environments of deposition as compiled from more than 30 years of detailed geologic mapping, as well as a new interpretation and delineation of the eroded suballuvial surface. A detailed interpretation of the evolution of the alluvial valley and deltaic plain is presented and illustrated by a series of 13 paleogeographic reconstructions. The chronology of valley events is based on stratigraphic relationships and radiometric age determinations but relies heavily on archeological evidence. The geologic processes and controls that affect the entire region include continental glaciations, climate, sea level variations, tectonics and diapirism, and subsidence. Both erosional and depositional landscapes are represented, and the lithology, soils, and geotechnical properties of the latter are presented in narrative and tabular form for the principal fluvial, lacustrine, eolian, deltaic, and deltaic-marine environments. Discussions of neotectonics in the region focus on the New Madrid Seismic Zone, and a section of the synthesis addresses special engineering considerations such as groundwater occurrence, mass movements, river meandering, and long-term stability. (AN)

Descriptors :   *STRATIGRAPHY, *GEOMORPHOLOGY, *ARCHEOLOGY, *MISSISSIPPI RIVER, *ENGINEERING GEOLOGY, STABILITY, NATURAL RESOURCES, TOPOGRAPHY, ALLUVIUM, FAULTS(GEOLOGY), MARINE GEOLOGY, GROUND WATER, GEOLOGICAL SURVEYS, CULTURAL RESOURCES, WATER RESOURCES, SOIL EROSION, SEDIMENTS, BASINS(GEOGRAPHIC), VALLEYS, GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING, SEISMOLOGY, SOIL SETTLEMENT, LANDFORMS, TECTONICS, GLACIAL GEOLOGY, LITHOLOGY, PALEOCLIMATOLOGY, RADIOCARBON DATING, PLATEAUS.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
      Seismology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE