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Winter Ice Jam Observations on the Gunnison River

Author(s): Philip H. Burgi

Linked Author(s): Philip H. Burgi

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Abstract: The formation, transport, and accumulation of river ice is an annual occurrence on many rivers in the western United States. This paper summarizes winter ice observations conducted on a mountain river in the State of Colorado. The Gunnison River observations were conducted along the 14-km reach of river from the Blue Mesa Reservoir upstream to the city of Gunnison, Colorado, at an elevation of 2300 m. Several variables affecting ice jam formation, such as channel morphology, climatological data, upstream and downstream reservoir operation, and river snagging and clearing operations are analyzed for the river reach observed.


Year: 1978

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