Articles | Volume 5, issue 4
Earth Surf. Dynam., 5, 781–789, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-5-781-2017
Earth Surf. Dynam., 5, 781–789, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-5-781-2017

Short communication 01 Dec 2017

Short communication | 01 Dec 2017

Short communication: Massive erosion in monsoonal central India linked to late Holocene land cover degradation

Liviu Giosan et al.

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A reconstruction of erosion in the core monsoon zone of India provides unintuitive but fundamental insights: in contrast to semiarid regions that experience enhanced erosion during erratic rain events, the monsoon is annual and acts as a veritable erosional pump accelerating when the land cover is minimal. The existence of such a monsoon erosional pump promises to reconcile conflicting views on the land–sea sediment and carbon transfer as well as the monsoon evolution on longer timescales.