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White Clay Creek @ SWRC

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The 3rd order east fork of east branch of White Clay Creek above McCue Road is the long-term research watershed for the Stroud Water Research Center. It integrates forest and agricultural landuses over a large scale.

7.5 km2   Area

91 - 168 m   Elev

12 °C   Temp

1145 mm   Precip

Parent Field Area:
Christina River Basin ▲

White Clay Creek near Stroud Water Research Center



Soil Order

Alfisol, Entisol, Inceptisol, Ultisol


deciduous forest

Land Use

agricultural land, forest land, urban or built-up land

Areas within White Clay Creek @ SWRC

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  • Geology

    • metasediments

    White Clay Creek Geology

  • Topography

    91 - 168 m elevation (129 m mean)

    Elevation data are based on 10m DEM data from USGS National Elevation Data.

    White Clay Creek USGS Topography

  • Climate

    12 °C Mean Annual Temp
    1145 mm Mean Annual Precipitation

    There is an exceptionally long climate record for the Christina River Basin. Our figures are based on 115 years of NOAA data back to 1894 with at least one station per year having at least 360 days of non-missing records in the given year. Visit the climate tab for the entire Christina River Basin to view plots of climate data.

  • Soil

    • Alfisol
    • Entisol
    • Inceptisol
    • Ultisol

    White Clay Creek Soils

  • Human Impacts

    • agricultural land
    • forest land
    • urban or built-up land

    White Clay Creek Land Use/Land Cover

    Land Use/ Land Cover Types (Level II)
    Category LULCID %
    Developed, Open Space 21 7.7
    Developed, Low Intensity 22 0.3
    Deciduous Forest 41 21.3
    Evergreen Forest 42 0.2
    Mixed Forest 43 0.4
    Shrub/Scrub 52 2.9
    Pasture/Hay 81 45.4
    Cultivated Crops 82 20.7
    Woody Wetlands 90 1.0


    Land Use/ Land Cover Types (Level I)
    Category %
    Open Water 0.0
    Developed, Open Space 7.7
    Developed 0.3
    Barren Land 0.0
    Forest 21.9
    Shrub/Scrub 2.9
    Grassland/Herbaceous 0.0
    Agriculture 66.1
    Wetlands 1.0

    Land use/cover data from the National Land Cover Dataset for 2006.