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Morphometric relationships of Ilam Province gullies




 This research focused on studying the Morphometric characteristics, topographic threshold of gullies and their relationships, dominant process of gully initiation and development stages as well, in agricultural and rangeland land uses. Also, Morphometric characteristics of 120 gullies including top width, bottom width and headcut height and surface characteristics of gullies contributing area including vegetation, rock fragment and bare soil by 1 m2 plot and soil samples from top soil and gullies wall were collected in semi-arid part of Ilam Province. Results showed that top width– depth ratio of gullies in cropland and rangeland is 2. 1 and 1. 5, respectively that widening and deepening has more important role in gully growth. Top width-length ratios are 0. 41 and 0. 57 in croplands and rangelands, respectively that shows rangeland gullies are more elongated. Negative exponential relationship between those ratios and slope shows the effect of topographic factors especially slope on final shape of gullies. Bottom width-top width ratio in croplands and rangelands is about 0. 33 and 0. 3, respectively and cross section shapes are trapezoidal and V shape. Results showed that slope describes 16 percent of cross sections area variation and lateral growth of gullies in croplands and rangelands and describes 84 and 73 percent of gully volume variation. Effective factors on gully volume are sand content in top soil, land use and slope. Studied gullies in both land uses have mean Fractal dimension of 1. 08 and has linear growth with length and power growth with volume of gully. Power of Hack law in studied gullies in croplands and rangelands gullies are 0. 5 and 0. 54, respectively.


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    Yasrebi, Banafshe, SOUFI, MAJID, mirnia, mir khalagh, & MOHAMMADI, JAHANGARD. (2020). Morphometric relationships of Ilam Province gullies. WATERSHED ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT, 12(1 ), 244-258. SID.

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    Yasrebi Banafshe, SOUFI MAJID, mirnia mir khalagh, MOHAMMADI JAHANGARD. Morphometric relationships of Ilam Province gullies. WATERSHED ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT[Internet]. 2020;12(1 ):244-258. Available from:

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    Banafshe Yasrebi, MAJID SOUFI, mir khalagh mirnia, and JAHANGARD MOHAMMADI, “Morphometric relationships of Ilam Province gullies,” WATERSHED ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT, vol. 12, no. 1 , pp. 244–258, 2020, [Online]. Available:

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