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In order to begin to assess debris‐flow hazards along the Santa Catalina Mountains in Pima County, we mapped the extent and character of relatively young prehistoric debris‐flow deposits in detail at fifteen
canyon mouths. Mapping was conducted on a scale of

In order to begin to assess debris‐flow hazards along the Santa Catalina Mountains in Pima County, we mapped the extent and character of relatively young prehistoric debris‐flow deposits in detail at fifteen
canyon mouths. Mapping was conducted on a scale of 1:6,000 using aerial photographs, detailed
topography, and field relationships. Deposits were classified into relative age categories based on
topographic relationships, soil development and surface characteristics of the deposits. Ages of selected
debris‐flow deposits in four canyons – Soldier, Sabino, Finger Rock and Pima – were estimated using
radiocarbon (14C) and cosmogenic (10Be) isotope methods.

Evidence of past debris flows were found in all fifteen canyons. Relative age dating, corroborated by
10Be, indicates the largest and most extensive deposits in all canyons are late Pleistocene to early
Holocene in age. Events from 2006 show that some potential exists for debris flows to exit the mountain front into developed areas near canyon mouths.

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  • Geologic Mapping of Debris Flow Deposits in the Santa Catalina Mountains (Pima County, Arizona)
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2008-09
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      GS 1.3:O 63/08-6
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    • Open-file report (Arizona Geological Survey) ; 08-06
    • Includes bibliographical references (p. 39-43).

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    Youberg, Ann, Cline, M. L., Cook, J. P., Pearthree, P. A., and Webb, R. H., 2008, Geologic Mapping of Debris Flow Deposits in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Pima County, Arizona; Arizona Geological Survey Open‐File Report 08‐06, 41 pp, 11 map sheets on CD, scale 1:6,000.

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