Articles | Volume 6, issue 1
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-6-1-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-6-1-2018
Research article
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08 Jan 2018
Research article |  | 08 Jan 2018

Developing and exploring a theory for the lateral erosion of bedrock channels for use in landscape evolution models

Abigail L. Langston and Gregory E. Tucker

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While vertical incision in bedrock rivers is widely implemented in landscape evolution models, lateral erosion is largely ignored. This makes current models unfit to explain the formation of wide bedrock valleys and strath terraces. In this study we present a fundamental advance in the representation of lateral erosion of bedrock rivers in a landscape evolution model. The model results show a scaling relationship between valley width and drainage area similar to that found in natural systems.