author={Bruce H. Wilkinson and Brandon McElroy},
Rock uplift and erosional denudation of orogenic belts have long been the most impor- tant geologic processes that serve to shape continental surfaces, but the rate of geomor- phic change resulting from these natural phe- nomena has now been outstripped by human activities associated with agriculture, con- struction, and mining. Although humans are now the most important geomorphic agent on the planet's surface, natural and anthro- pogenic processes serve to modify quite dif- ferent parts of… 
The human impact on North American erosion, sediment transfer, and storage in a geologic context
Interpreted in terms of mass transfer, humans have moved as much sediment in North America in the past century as natural processes can transfer in 700–3000 years.
Quantifying human impacts on rates of erosion and sediment transport at a landscape scale
Establishing background (geologic) rates of erosion is prerequisite to quantifying the impact of human activities on Earth’s surface. Here, we present 10 Be estimates of background erosion rates for
Floodplain and Terrace Legacy Sediment as a Widespread Record of Anthropogenic Geomorphic Change
Anthropogenic erosion and sedimentation are critical components of global change that involve life-sustaining natural resources of soil and water. Many geomorphic systems have responded to intense
Long-term erosion rates as a function of climate derived from the impact crater inventory
Abstract. Worldwide erosion rates seem to have increased strongly since the beginning of the Quaternary, but there is still discussion about the role of glaciation as a potential driver and even
Sediment input from fluvial sources and cliff erosion to the continental shelf of Argentina
The coasts of southern Buenos Aires, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego are dominated by cliff erosion. Mean rates of cliff retreat are estimated to be about 0.5-0.6 m/year by comparing old photographs
Global geologic maps are tectonic speedometers—Rates of rock cycling from area-age frequencies
Relations among ages and present areas of exposure of volcanic, sedimentary, plutonic, and metamorphic rock units (lithosomes) record a complex interplay between depths and rates of formation, rates
Sediment Sources and Delivery
This section is dedicated to the contribution of geomorphic processes in dislocation, setting in motion and removal of rock particles from the drainage system in Romania. The total volume of eroded
Has erosion globally increased? Long-term erosion rates as a function of climate derived from the impact crater inventory
Abstract. Worldwide erosion rates seem to have increased strongly since the beginning of the Quaternary, but there is still discussion about the role of glaciation as a potential driver and even
Soil erosion and sediment dynamics in the Anthropocene: a review of human impacts during a period of rapid global environmental change
  • P. Owens
  • Environmental Science
    Journal of Soils and Sediments
  • 2020
Humanity has been modifying the planet in a measurable way for thousands of years. Recently, this influence has been such that some feel we are in a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. This
Accelerating Anthropogenic Land Surface Change and the Status of Pleistocene Drumlins in New England
A comprehensive ground-based survey in a three-town study area in eastern Massachusetts suggests that the region’s glacial landscapes are at risk given current development patterns and the accelerating rate of land-surface change is generalizable to other fast-developing regions of the United States.


Humans as geologic agents: A deep-time perspective
Humans move increasingly large amounts of rock and sediment during various construction activities, and mean rates of cropland soil loss may exceed rates of formation by up to an order of magnitude,
The Human Dimensions of Geomorphological Work in Britain
The transfer of materials from the natural environment to the urban and industrially built environment produces two broad impacts on the landscape: a removal of materials from the earth's surface (a
Macrogeomorphic evolution of the post-Triassic Appalachian mountains determined by deconvolution of the offshore basin sedimentary record
A perplexing macrogeomorphic problem is the persistence of topography in mountain ranges that were initially formed by orogenic events hundreds of millions of years old. In this paper, we deconvolve
Paleoclimatic and tectonic control on the accumulation of North American cratonic sediment
Variation in accumulation rate as a function of depositional latitude has been determined for North American limestone, dolostone, sand-stone, gray-black shale, red shale, and evaporite rocks from
Continental Drift and Phanerozoic Carbonate Accumulation in Shallow‐Shelf and Deep‐Marine Settings
Knowledge of past rates of transfer of rock‐forming materials among the principal geologic reservoirs is central to understanding causes and magnitudes of change in earth surface processes over
Geomorphic/Tectonic Control of Sediment Discharge to the Ocean: The Importance of Small Mountainous Rivers
Analysis of data from 280 rivers discharging to the ocean indicates that sediment loads/yields are a log-linear function of basin area and maximum elevation of the river basin. Other factors
Continental erosion and large‐scale relief
A worldwide investigation of continental erosion is carried out by the study of large drainage basins, on the basis of hydrological data, environmental factors, and basin relief distribution. Inside
  • P. Molnar
  • Geography, Environmental Science
  • 2004
▪ Abstract Accumulation rates of terrestrial sediment have increased in the past few million years both on and adjacent to continents, although not everywhere. Apparently, erosion has increased in