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A remote sensing study of sediment in the Clarks Fork Yellowstone River




Ruff, James F., author
Skinner, Morris M., author
Keys, John W., author
Waugaman, Dennis G., author
Colorado State University, Civil Engineering Department, publisher

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Interpretation of remotely sensed data was used to locate and identify perennial and intermittent tributaries to the Clarks Fork Yellowstone River, Rock Creek and Red Lodge Creek located in southcentral Montana and northwestern Wyoming. Color infrared photography and thermal infrared imagery were obtained which covered the river and a strip of the flood plain approximately 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 miles wide. Inflows and contributing sources of sediment from tributaries, ditches, and gullies to the Clarks Fork Yellowstone River were located and identified. Results of the study indicate that aerial color infrared photography and thermal infrared imagery are practical tools for locating and identifying inflow of sediment laden water to a river system.


November, 1972.
Prepared for: Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior, Denver, Colorado.

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Sedimentation and deposition -- Yellowstone River Watershed
Remote sensing -- Yellowstone River Watershed


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