Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
Research article
21 Jul 2021
Research article |  | 21 Jul 2021

Bedrock river erosion through dipping layered rocks: quantifying erodibility through kinematic wave speed

Nate A. Mitchell and Brian J. Yanites

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Short summary
A landscape's appearance reflects the properties of the underlying bedrock. For example, strong bedrock can lead to steep slopes. Recent work has shown, however, that in areas with mixed rock types the stronger bedrock can have lower slopes. In this study, we use numerical models of bedrock river erosion to show why this change in behavior occurs. We also present a new approach for estimating bedrock erodibility. This new approach can allow for new opportunities in the field of geomorphology.