relaxation time

Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

The time taken by a geomorphological system to adjust to a sustained change in the nature/intensity of an external process. For the Yellow River, Wu et al. (2008) Geomorph. 100, 3–4 find a mean relaxation time of about five to six years for channel adjustment.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.