Articles | Volume 5, issue 1
Earth Surf. Dynam., 5, 85–100, 2017
Earth Surf. Dynam., 5, 85–100, 2017

Research article 30 Jan 2017

Research article | 30 Jan 2017

Steady state, erosional continuity, and the topography of landscapes developed in layered rocks

Matija Perne et al.

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Concepts of landscape equilibrium often enable the interpretation of landscape response to various forces. However, we demonstrate that standard conceptions of landscape equilibrium do not apply in layered rocks. We develop a more general mathematical description of steady state based on a constraint of land surface continuity. In the case of rock layers that are nearly horizontal, this continuity steady state makes substantially different predictions about the nature of equilibrium landscapes.