Streamflow formation in the Mistaya river basin, Rocky Mountains, Canada

TitleStreamflow formation in the Mistaya river basin, Rocky Mountains, Canada
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1974
AuthorsLoijens, H. S.
Conference Name42nd Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 42nd Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1974
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationAnchorage, Alaska
KeywordsGlaciers, Runoff

An analysis of hydrologic information from a glacierized river basin, the Mistaya Basin, in the headwaters of the North Saskatchewan River, (244 sq km) is presented. Special emphasis is given on the contribution to streamflow from glaciers which cover 12% of the area. Analysis of the hydrologic balance of Peyto Basin shows that the glacier exerts an appreciable delaying effect on water supplied by snowmelt in the early part of the melt season. Differences in runoff between three highly glacierized subbasins in the larger Mistaya River drainage basin are discussed and explained in termms of runoff delay caused by a glacier, exposure and karst features.