College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences
Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department
BS in Earth Sciences
There are several factors influencing terrace genesis and terrace types in Bunte Creek. Strath terraces exist at upper Bunte Creek, whereas thick fill terraces exist at lower Bunte Creek. Analysis of these terraces leads to insight on what specific factors lead to their formation. Terraces were mapped along the extent of Bunte Creek. Sediment data and terrace-height data were collected for in order to make a complete analysis of the terraces. Tectonic uplift led to incision and strath terrace genesis at upper Bunte Creek. Climatic forcing and base-level rise caused alluvial aggradation behind a shutter ridge that intersects lower Bunte Creek. Once the alluvial fill reached the elevation of the shutter ridge, a new, lower base level at Bunte Creek was established. This led to incision and fill terrace genesis in lower Bunte Creek.