Cosmogenic nuclide-derived rates of diffusive and episodic erosion in the glacially sculpted upper Rhone Valley, Swiss Alps

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Inst. for Mineraloy, Leibniz Univ., Hannover, Allemagne
Inst. for Mineraloy, Leibniz Univ., Hannover, Allemagne
Lab. for Ion Beam Physics, ETH, Zurich, Suisse

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Morphometric data indicate 2 distinct erosion processes operate in these steep mountain valleys. The AA. determined the rates of these processes using cosmogenic beryllium-10 (10Be) in pooled soil and stream sediment samples. Denudation in deep, glacially scoured valleys is characterized by rapid, non-uniform processes, such as debris flows and rock falls. The denudation rate in each basin represents a binary mixture between the rapid, non-uniform processes, and soil creep. The AA. further show that the spatially averaged denudation rate is that of the local rock uplift value, even though a bedrock knickzone at the valley outlet hinders baselevel lowering and thereby disconnects the valley from the regional rock uplift trends.

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Article de périodique

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Earth surface processes and landforms, issn : 0197-9337, 2010, vol. 35, n°. 6, p. 651-662, nombre de pages : 12, Références bibliographiques : 1,5 p.

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Pays édition : Royaume-Uni, Chichester, Wiley

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