Articles | Volume 4, issue 4
Earth Surf. Dynam., 4, 819–830, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-4-819-2016
Earth Surf. Dynam., 4, 819–830, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-4-819-2016

Research article 04 Nov 2016

Research article | 04 Nov 2016

Influence of topography and human activity on apparent in situ 10Be-derived erosion rates in Yunnan, SW China

Amanda H. Schmidt et al.

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In order to test the assumption that erosion rates derived from Be-10 are not affected by increases in erosion due to contemporary agricultural land use, we measured erosion rates in three tributaries of the Mekong River. We find that in the most heavily agricultural landscapes, the apparent long-term erosion rate correlates best with measures of modern land use, suggesting that agriculture has eroded below the mixed layer and is affecting apparent erosion rates derived from Be-10.