Rio Blanco

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Large Instrumented river drains the majority of the south side of the Luquillo Mountains, underline with a granodirite bedrock. Sandy river bed with large boulders. Instrumentation includes multiple gagued streams, lysimeter fields, climate stations, water chemistry sampling as well as other event based and field campaign sampling.

3.26338502 km2   Area

3080 mm   Precip

Parent Field Area:
Northeastern Puerto Rico and the Luquillo Mountains ▲

Lithology

meta-igneous

Soil Order

Inceptisol

Biome

rainforest

Land Use

forest land, urban or built-up land

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Setting & Research
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Data
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  • Setting & Research

    This large instrumented river drains the majority of the south side of the Luquillo Mountains, underline with a granodirite bedrock. Sandy river bed with large boulders. Instrumentation includes multiple gagued streams, lysimeter fields, climate stations, water chemistry sampling as well as other event based and field campaign sampling.

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  • Data

    Icacos/Blanco watersheds - Groundwater Chemistry, Groundwater Depth (2014-2016)
    7 components    Rio Blanco    Hydrology, Water Chemistry    Bill McDowell, Rich Brereton

    National - Climate, Flux Tower, Streamflow / Discharge (1968-2015)
    7 components    Boulder Creek Watershed, Christina River Basin, Jemez River Basin, Santa Catalina Mountains, El Verde Field Station, Northeastern Puerto Rico and the Luquillo Mountains, Rio Blanco, Rio Mameyes, Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory, Providence Creek headwater catchments, Flux Towers Transect, Wolverton Basin, Other instrumented sites    Climatology / Meteorology, Hydrology, Soil Science / Pedology    Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory, Catalina-Jemez Critical Zone Observatory, Luquillo Critical Zone Observatory, Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory, Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory, Christina River Basin Critical Zone Observatory

    National - Stream Water Chemistry (1982-2015)
    1 components    Bisley, Betasso, East Peak, Marshall Gulch (High-Elevation), Providence Creek Subcatchment P301, Providence Creek Subcatchment P303, Providence Creek Subcatchment P304, Eel River Watershed, Puente Roto, Rio Blanco, Rio Icacos, Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory    Biogeochemistry, Biology / Ecology, Hydrology, Water Chemistry    Kim Hyojin, Jim Bishop, William Dietrich, Inez Fung, William H. McDowell, Susan L. Brantley, Beth Hoagland, Pamela L. Sullivan, Molly Cain, Andrew Neal, Jessica Fisher, Tess Russo,Niwot Ridge LTER, Fengjing Liu, Jon Chorover, Peter Troch, Jennifer McIntosh, Paul Brooks, Nate Abramson, Ingo Heidbüchel, Mary Key Amistadi, Shawn Alexander Pedron Jon Chorover, Peter Troch, Paul Brooks, Mary Key Amistadi, Timothy Corley, Xavier Zapata-Rios, Mark Losleben, Katherine Condon, Shawn Alexander Pedron

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Topography
Human Impacts
  • Topography

    0 - 1043 m elevation (268 m mean)

    The headwaters of granodioritic Río Blanco are unusually flat before cascading
    steeply down the side of the batholith and leveling out along the alluvial coastal plain. The inflection point where the stream sharply steepens occurs at the edge of
    a non-glacial hanging valley.

  • Human Impacts

    • forest land
    • urban or built-up land

    Headwaters are within El Yunque National Forest, while the coastal plain has urban areas and major roads.