Chapter 2. Drainage Basins

  1. William B. Bull

Published Online: 12 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444312003.ch2

Tectonically Active Landscapes

Tectonically Active Landscapes

How to Cite

Bull, W. B. (2009) Drainage Basins, in Tectonically Active Landscapes, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444312003.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 3 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190121

Online ISBN: 9781444312003



  • drainage basins;
  • changes in hillslope shape - removal of large masses of rock;
  • backfilling of the valley floor - changing local base levels and shapes of adjacent hillslopes;
  • basin-position coordinate - describing distance along the trend of a valley;
  • Capture - story about base-level fall at a watershed divide;
  • Wrench-Fault tectonics;
  • fascinating distinctive landforms;
  • hope fault - most active fault zones;
  • broadening disequilibrium valley floor - decreasing hillslope relief, promoting changes in hillslope processes


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Hydraulic Coordinates

  • Basin Shapes

  • Divide Migration and Stream Capture

  • Tectonically Translocated Watersheds

  • Summary