Rates of erosion and their implications for exhumation

  title={Rates of erosion and their implications for exhumation},
  author={Douglas W. Burbank},
  journal={Mineralogical Magazine},
  pages={25 - 52}
  • D. Burbank
  • Published 1 February 2002
  • Geology
  • Mineralogical Magazine
Abstract At time-scales of 102 to 105 years, erosion by rivers, landslides and glaciers can exceed 5 mm/y. Sustained denudation at these rates is sufficient to account for many of the rapid rates of unloading or cooling that are revealed by geobarometric or thermochronologic studies. Because feedbacks exist among many surface processes, determinations of erosion rates on a few geomorphic processes can be adequate to estimate mean rates across an entire landscape. Rates of fluvial and glacial… 
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