Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 453–467, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-453-2016
Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 453–467, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-453-2016

Research article 10 May 2016

Research article | 10 May 2016

Alluvial plain dynamics in the southern Amazonian foreland basin

Umberto Lombardo

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This paper analyses the behaviour of 12 tributaries of the Río Mamoré and their influence on alluvial plain dynamics. These rivers are extremely active: between 1984 and 2014, 7 of these 12 rivers underwent a total of 41 crevasses and 29 avulsions. Most of the sedimentary load of these rivers is deposited on the alluvial plains before they reach the Mamoré. Crevasses and avulsions are not controlled by ENSO cycles, but rather are the result of intrabasinal processes.
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