Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
Research article
03 Aug 2021
Research article |  | 03 Aug 2021

Topographic disequilibrium, landscape dynamics and active tectonics: an example from the Bhutan Himalaya

Martine Simoes, Timothée Sassolas-Serrayet, Rodolphe Cattin, Romain Le Roux-Mallouf, Matthieu Ferry, and Dowchu Drukpa

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Cited articles

Adams, B. A., Hodges, K. V., van Soest, M. C., and Whipple, K. X.: Evidence for Pliocene–Quaternary normal faulting in the hinterland of the Bhutan Himalaya, Lithosphere, 5, 438–449, 2013. 
Adams, B. A., Hodges, K. V., Whipple, K. X., Ehlers, T. A., van Soest, M. C., and Wartho, J.-A.: Constraints on the tectonic and landscape evolution of the Bhutan Himalaya from thermochronometry, Tectonics, 34, 1329–1347,, 2015. 
Adams, B. A., Whipple, K. X., Hodges, K. V., and Heimsath, A. M.: In situ development of high-elevation, low-relief landscapes via duplex deformation in the Eastern Himalayan hinterland, Bhutan, J. Geophys. Res., 121, 294–319,, 2016. 
Adams, B. A., Whipple, K. X., Forte, A. M., Heimsath, A. M., and Hodges, K. V.: Climate controls on erosion in tectonically active landscapes, Science Advances, 6, eaaz3166,, 2020. 
Adlakha, V., Lang, K. A., Patel, R. C., Lal, N., and Huntington, K. W.: Rapid long-term erosion in the rain shadow of the Shillong Plateau, Eastern Himalaya, Tectonophysics, 582, 76–83,, 2013. 
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Elevated low-relief regions and major river knickpoints have for long been noticed and questioned in the emblematic Bhutan Himalaya. We document the morphology of this region using morphometric analyses and field observations, at a variety of spatial scales. Our findings reveal a highly unstable river network, with numerous non-coeval river captures, most probably related to a dynamic response to local tectonic uplift in the mountain hinterland.