Earth pillar formation on the Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize

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The roadcuts of Belize's Mountain Pine Ridge feature numerous coarsely textured earth pillars less than 10 cm in height. Preferential impregnation of iron occurs over a buried pebble resulting in a dripline. The higher concentration of iron along the buried pebble's dripline is later oxidized and exposed to the surface by rainsplash erosion. For slopes greater than five degrees, the intensity of sheetwash erosion is great enough to remove pillars. Earth pillar genesis thus seems a function of laterization, slope angle, and sheetwash intensity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-186
Number of pages4
JournalEarth Surface Processes and Landforms
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1988


  • Belize
  • Earth pillars
  • Laterization
  • Mountain
  • Pine
  • Ridge


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