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Cosmogenic nuclides and erosion at the watershed scale

Darryl E. Granger and Mirjam Schaller
Cosmogenic nuclides and erosion at the watershed scale (in Cosmogenic nuclides, Friedhelm von Blanckenburg (editor) and Jane K. Willenbring (editor))
Elements (October 2014) 10 (5): 369-373


Landscapes are sculpted by a variety of processes that weather and erode bedrock, converting it into soils and sediments that are moved downslope. Quantifying erosion rates provides important insights into a wide range of questions in disciplines from tectonics and landscape evolution to the impacts of land use. Cosmogenic nuclides contained in quartz sediment provide a robust tool for determining spatially averaged erosion rates across scales ranging from single hillslopes to continental river basins and are providing fundamental clues to how landscapes evolve. Cosmogenic nuclides in buried sediments contain unique information about paleo-erosion rates up to millions of years in the past. This article explores some of the basic ideas behind various methods used to infer catchment-wide erosion rates and highlights recent examples related to problems in tectonics, climate, and land use.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 10
Serial Issue: 5
Title: Cosmogenic nuclides and erosion at the watershed scale
Title: Cosmogenic nuclides
Author(s): Granger, Darryl E.Schaller, Mirjam
Author(s): von Blanckenburg, Friedhelmeditor
Author(s): Willenbring, Jane K.editor
Affiliation: Purdue University, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, West Lafayette, IN, United States
Affiliation: German Research Centre for Geosciences, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, Earth Surface Geochemistry, Potsdam, Germany
Pages: 369-373
Published: 201410
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 28
Accession Number: 2014-099667
Categories: GeomorphologyGeochronology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
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Secondary Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania, USA, United StatesUniversity of Tuebingen, DEU, Germany
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America
Update Code: 201450
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