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Geomorphic constraints on land development in the Front Range urban corridor, Colorado

W. R. Hansen
Geomorphic constraints on land development in the Front Range urban corridor, Colorado
Special Paper - Geological Society of America (1976) (174): 85-109

Abstract

Environmental degradation and costly land-use mistakes can be minimized along the Front Range Urban Corridor, Colorado, if geomorphic constraints on land development are considered before development begins. Here, a varied geomorphic setting of plains, valleys, and mountains and a genial but semiarid climate foster a sensitive ecologic balance. Urbanization centered on Denver is spreading across the Colorado Piedmont and into the bordering mountains, and the geotechnical consequences of development are as complex as the geomorphic setting. Impacts arise when land development disturbs certain fragile soils (such as loess, eolian sand, and expansive clay), when excavation unbalances metastable hillslopes, when the extraction of industrial commodities (gravel, clay, stone, coal) interacts with geomorphic processes, or when urban development alters the hydrologic regimen. To minimize adverse environmental impacts, land development should proceed cautiously in areas where geomorphic processes having undesirable results are active or are likely to be activated.


ISSN: 0072-1077
EISSN: 2331-219X
Coden: GSAPAZ
Serial Title: Special Paper - Geological Society of America
Serial Issue: 174
Serial Info: Urban geomorphology
Title: Geomorphic constraints on land development in the Front Range urban corridor, Colorado
Author(s): Hansen, W. R.
Affiliation: U. S. Geol. Surv., Denver, Colo., United States
Pages: 85-109
Published: 1976
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
Accession Number: 1977-005338
Categories: Environmental geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. tables, sketch map
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 1977
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