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Sediment Grain-Size Characteristics and its Sources of Ten Wind-Water Coupled Erosion Tributaries (the Ten Kongduis) in the Upper Yellow River
Yang, Hui1,2; Shi, Changxing1
2019
Source PublicationWATER
ISSN2073-4441
Volume11Issue:1Pages:15
Corresponding AuthorShi, Changxing(shicx@igsnrr.ac.cn)
AbstractUnderstanding the composition and sources of deposited sediments in watersheds has great significance on exploring the processes of sediment erosion and deposition, and controlling soil losses in rivers. In this paper, we investigate the grain-size composition parameters and their reflections on sediment erosion, transport and deposition processes in the Ten Kongduis, which are large arroyos carrying a large volume of coarse sediment into the upper Yellow River. The sediments delivered by the Ten Kongduis come from three kinds of sources, including the clasolite (mudstone, sandstone and conglomerate) and loess in the upstream reaches and the aeolian sand in the middle stream reaches. A portion of the sediments is carried to the Yellow River and another portion is deposited in the alluvial fans in the lower reaches of the kongduis. We found two types of deposits in the drilling cores on the alluvial fans and in the sediment profiles, i.e., the sediments deposited by hyperconcentrated flows and those by non-hyperconcentrated or ordinary sediment-laden flows. The deposits of hyperconcentrated flows were only found in some natural sediment profiles exposed on the riverbank slopes. They have a mean size in a narrow range of 0.016-0.063 mm but are very or extremely poorly sorted according to nine samples collected from four kongduis. Most of the sediments carried by the non-hyperconcentrated flows have a mean grain size in the range of 0.05-0.25 mm. We calculated the contributions of sediment from the sources using the grain-size fingerprint method based on grain-size data of the sediment sources and deposits in the alluvial fans for both the hyperconcentrated flows and non-hyperconcentrated flows. It was found that a proportion of 69% or above of sediment carried by the hyperconcentrated flows mainly comes from the clasolite and loess strata in the upper reaches, and 8%-31% from the desert in the middle reaches. The clasolite and loess strata contribute 64%, on average, of the particles above 0.05 mm carried by the hyperconcentrated flows, and the desert in the middle reaches contributes the other 36% or so. The sediments carried by non-hyperconcentrated flows down to the alluvial fans come from the clasolite, loess and dune sand in different proportions in different kongduis with the contributions of both clasolite and dune sand being related roughly to the ratio of upper drainage area to the width of desert in the middle reaches of kongduis. Over 90% of the sediments carried by the non-hyperconcentrated flows into the Yellow River are below 0.05 mm.
Keywordthe Yellow River grain size sediment sources Ten Kongduis hyperconcentrated flows
DOI10.3390/w11010115
WOS KeywordSOURCE FINGERPRINTING INVESTIGATIONS ; SUSPENDED SEDIMENT ; FLUVIAL SYSTEMS ; SAND ; CATCHMENT ; RAINFALL ; RUNOFF ; DESERT
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[41671004] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41371036]
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China
WOS Research AreaWater Resources
WOS SubjectWater Resources
WOS IDWOS:000459735100114
PublisherMDPI
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/49188
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorShi, Changxing
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Key Lab Water Cycle & Related Land Surface Proc, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Genet & Dev Biol, Ctr Agr Resources Res, Key Lab Agr Water Resources,Hebei Key Lab Agr Wat, Shijiazhuang 050021, Hebei, Peoples R China
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Yang, Hui,Shi, Changxing. Sediment Grain-Size Characteristics and its Sources of Ten Wind-Water Coupled Erosion Tributaries (the Ten Kongduis) in the Upper Yellow River[J]. WATER,2019,11(1):15.
APA Yang, Hui,&Shi, Changxing.(2019).Sediment Grain-Size Characteristics and its Sources of Ten Wind-Water Coupled Erosion Tributaries (the Ten Kongduis) in the Upper Yellow River.WATER,11(1),15.
MLA Yang, Hui,et al."Sediment Grain-Size Characteristics and its Sources of Ten Wind-Water Coupled Erosion Tributaries (the Ten Kongduis) in the Upper Yellow River".WATER 11.1(2019):15.
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