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Rivers across unglaciated portions of the Appalachian Plateaus of Tennessee and Kentucky are deeply entrenched, almost without exception. Widespread gravel deposits on upland surfaces, combined with broad straths and terraces inset beneath the highlands indicate a history of base-level stability punctuated by periods of river incision. Determining the exact timing of episodic incision historically has been difficult due to a combination of unsuitable dating methods and poorly preserved surface materials. Recently, advances in analytical techniques have allowed researchers to constrain the incision history by utilizing the hydrologic link between multilevel cave systems and regional rivers. In this study, we date...

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