Relationship Between Joint Density and Topography in Licking County
Matthew V. Kohlbecker
Department of Geology and Geography
Denison University, Granville, Ohio 43023
A study of the variation in joint density with elevation was conducted in Licking County in order to ascertain if there is a correlation between joint density and elevation. Hypothetically, rock with high joint density would weather faster and be expressed as topographic lows, while rock with low joint density would weather slower and be expressed as topographic highs. Scanline orientation corrections outlined by LaPointe and Hudson (1985) were employed in order to correct for scanline orientation and ensure accuracy of measurement. Despite the observation that joints were interacting with weathering processes in Licking County, this study found no apparent relationship between joint density and elevation.