Measurement of Peak Discharge by the Slope-Area Method

U.S. Geological Survey, Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, Book 3, Chapter A2

By Tate Dalrymple and M.A. Benson

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The series of manuals on techniques describes procedures for planning and executing specialized work in water-resources investigations. The material is grouped under major subject headings called books and further subdivided into sections and chapters; Section A of Book 3 is on surface water.

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Dalrymple, Tate, and Benson, M.A., 1967, Measurement of peak discharge by the slope-area method: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, book 3, chap. A2, 12 p. (Also available at

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