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Research article
30 May 2023
Research article |  | 30 May 2023

Tectonic controls on the ecosystem of the Mara River basin, East Africa, from geomorphological and spectral index analysis

Alina Lucia Ludat and Simon Kübler

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Satellite-based analysis illustrates the impact of geological processes for the stability of the ecosystem in the Mara River basin (Kenya/Tanzania). Newly detected fault activity influences the course of river networks and modifies erosion–deposition patterns. Tectonic surface features and variations in rock chemistry lead to localized enhancement of clay and soil moisture values and seasonally stabilised vegetation growth patterns in this climatically vulnerable region.
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