Impact of Humans on the Flux of Terrestrial Sediment to the Global Coastal Ocean

@article{Syvitski2005ImpactOH,
  title={Impact of Humans on the Flux of Terrestrial Sediment to the Global Coastal Ocean},
  author={James P. M. Syvitski and Charles J. V{\"o}r{\"o}smarty and Albert J. Kettner and Pamela A. Green},
  journal={Science},
  year={2005},
  volume={308},
  pages={376 - 380}
}
Here we provide global estimates of the seasonal flux of sediment, on a river-by-river basis, under modern and prehuman conditions. Humans have simultaneously increased the sediment transport by global rivers through soil erosion (by 2.3 ± 0.6 billion metric tons per year), yet reduced the flux of sediment reaching the world's coasts (by 1.4 ± 0.3 billion metric tons per year) because of retention within reservoirs. Over 100 billion metric tons of sediment and 1 to 3 billion metric tons of… 
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