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TREE-RING BASED RECONSTRUCTION OF ROCKFALLS AT COFRE DE PEROTE VOLCANO, MEXICO (2017)
In this study, dendrogeomorphic techniques are employed to analyse the temporal frequency and spatial distribution of rockfalls on a talus slope of La Teta valley, located on the NW slopes of Cofre de Perote volcano at ~4000 m above sea level. Based on the interpretation of disturbance signals in growth rings of old-growth Pinus hartwegii Lindl. trees, we identify 100 growth disturbances related with rockfall events dated between 1780 and 2011, with slightly more than half of these events being dated to the last 50 years. The sectors most susceptible to rockfall correspond with the young rock lobes located at the foot of scarps. Roughly three in ten events has been triggered by regional, M > 6 earthquakes, whereas half of the events activity coincides with periods characterized by severe, prolonged summer rainfalls such as the ones occurred in 1995, 1998, 2005 and 2011.
Geomorphology 290 (2017) 142–152
Instituto de Geografía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria Coyoacán, 04510, Mexico