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Tectonic Geomorphology of the Guadalupe Mountains

The western escarpment creates an impressive landscape in the Guadalupe Mountains of Texas and New Mexico. ​​My students and I are looking at the evolution of drainage basins, knickpoints, and the uplift history in this region. ​

Ongoing Projects

Using Cosmogenic Nuclides to Evaluate Uplift and Erosion of the Guadalupe Mountains, New Mexico. 

Evaluating spatial patterns of faulting and erosion using digital elevation models, Google Earth, and drainage basin characteristics.


Tranel, L.M. and Happel, A.A., Evaluating escarpment evolution and bedrock erosion rates in the western Guadalupe Mountains, West Texas and New Mexico, Geomorphology, accepted June 2020, in press. Click to view.

Student Theses

Hoffman, Lauren L. (2014) Spatial variability of erosion patterns along the eastern margin of the Rio Grande Rift. Click for PDF copy​.

Happel, Audrey A. (2017) Evaluating fault-line escarpment exposure in the Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas and New Mexico. Click for PDF copy​.

Schoenmann, Samuel T. (2017) Evaluating relationships between rock strength and longitudinal stream profile morphometry in the southern Guadalupe Mountains, Texas. Click for PDF copy.

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