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Research article
22 Dec 2016
Research article |  | 22 Dec 2016

Glaciation's topographic control on Holocene erosion at the eastern edge of the Alps

Jean L. Dixon, Friedhelm von Blanckenburg, Kurt Stüwe, and Marcus Christl

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We quantify the glacial legacy of Holocene erosion at the eastern edge of the European Alps and add insight to the debate on drivers of Alpine erosion. We present the first data explicitly comparing 10Be-based erosion rates in previously glaciated and non-glaciated basins (n = 26). Erosion rates vary 5-fold across the region, correlating with local topography and glacial history. Our approach and unique study site allow us to isolate the role of glacial topographic legacies from other controls.