Analysis of Paint Mines Geomorphology

Authors: Michael T Applegarth*, Shippensburg University, Steven J Gordon, United States Air Force Academy, Curtis B Edson, United States Air Force Academy
Topics: Geomorphology
Keywords: weathering, badlands, imagery
Session Type: Virtual Poster
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 5:50 PM
Room: Virtual 52
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Paint Mines Interpretive Park is a regional Open Space located in western El Paso County Colorado. Named for the numerous colors of the exposed rock formations and subsequent use of clays contained in select layers for colorful pottery by local Native Americans, Paint Mines provides a distinct example of surface and near surface layers of various predominately sedimentary strata found in the western Great Plains. Our research begins to examine the weathering and geomorphic development of the Paint Mines area with a goal being to better understand landscape development within the park and potentially suggest erosion rates. Drone-based aerial photos along with LIDAR data provide high resolution imagery to view the surface and develop digital elevation models. Current imagery and field data may then be assessed and compared against previously acquired data to illustrate dominant areas of erosion. Information derived from the current studies may then be used as a control to then compare with development of other regional badlands topography in the semi-arid Plains region of Colorado. Such information can be used to better interpret landscape development and park management locally as well as contribute to increasing the understanding of erosion and weathering in the Plains area of the west-central United States.

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