Accession Number:

AD0626500

Title:

TERRAIN STUDY OF THE YUMA TEST STATION AREA ARIZONA

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

PURDUE UNIV LAFAYETTE IN ENGINEERING EXPERIMENT STATION

Report Date:

1955-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

192.0

Abstract:

Twenty-six per cent of the Yuma Test Station Area consists of mountains, most of which are rugged and difficult to traverse. Hills comprise 17 per cent of the Test Station Area. The terrain is rolling to rough, although local elevation differences are usually not great. Plains make up fifty-seven per cent of the Test Station Area and provide the most suitable locations for most of the various activities that are being conducted at the Test Station. Forty-four per cent of the total area is alluvial aprons. Much of the surface consists of desert pavement, a firm mosaic of pebbles that make a smooth surface. Desert varnish is a dark coating that has formed on exposed rock surfaces, both pebbles and bedrock. Except on the floodplains and along the washes, vegetation is very sparse in the area. In the opinion of most of the personnel of the test teams that were interviewed, environmental conditions at the Yuma Test Station offer conditions that are suitable for conducting most of the desert testing programs. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE