A comparison of model predictions for wind erosion and visibliity records at Lubbock, Texas

J. A. Lee, J. M. Gregory, U. B. Singh

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Abstract

Wind erosion has been a dominant geomorphological process on the Southern High Plains, possibly for the past 11 million years. The Southern High Plains are a low relief surface in Northwest Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Precipitation at Lubbock averages 475mm and dust carrying winds blow mostly from the northwest, west and southwest. The region currently has the greatest amount of blowing dust in the United States and comprises the southern portion of the "Dust Bowl', where devastating social, economic and environmental consequences of wind erosion were experienced in the 1930s. Simulation provides one means of analyzing the recent history of wind erosion on a regional basis. This study is a test of an erosion model as a means of assessing regional wind erosion using National Weather Service visibility records for Lubbock. -from Authors

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