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https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-8-123-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-8-123-2020
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19 Feb 2020
Research article |  | 19 Feb 2020

Geomorphic signatures of the transient fluvial response to tilting

Helen W. Beeson and Scott W. McCoy

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We used a computer model to show that, when a landscape is tilted, rivers respond in a distinct way such that river profiles take on unique forms that record tilt timing and magnitude. Using this suite of river forms, we estimated tilt timing and magnitude in the Sierra Nevada, USA, and results were consistent with independent measures. Our work broadens the scope of tectonic histories that can be extracted from landscape form to include tilting, which has been documented in diverse locations.