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Volume 4, issue 2
Earth Surf. Dynam., 4, 471–488, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-4-471-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Earth Surf. Dynam., 4, 471–488, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-4-471-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 22 Jun 2016

Research article | 22 Jun 2016

The influence of Holocene vegetation changes on topography and erosion rates: a case study at Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed, Arizona

Jon D. Pelletier et al.

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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by Editor) (09 May 2016) by Simon Mudd
AR by Jon Pelletier on behalf of the Authors (18 May 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (19 May 2016) by Simon Mudd
ED: Publish as is (23 May 2016) by Frédéric Herman(Editor)
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This paper documents that a shift from grassland to shrubland within the past few thousand years has caused erosion rates to increase more than 10-fold and drainage density to increase approximately 3-fold in areas of otherwise similar climate and geology at a study site in Arizona. We provide a mathematical model that predicts the observed drainage density under both grassland and shrubland conditions. In the model application we are able to tightly constrain every parameter.
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