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    Loess plateau storage of northeastern Tibetan plateau-derived Yellow River sediment

    Nie, J. and Stevens, T. and Rittner, M. and Stockli, D. and Garzanti, E. and Limonta, M. and Bird, A. and Andò, S. and Vermeesch, Pieter and Saylor, J. and Lu, H. and Breecker, D. and Hu, X. and Liu, S. and Resentini, A. and Vezzoli, G. and Peng, W. and Carter, Andrew and Ji, S. and Pan, B. (2015) Loess plateau storage of northeastern Tibetan plateau-derived Yellow River sediment. Nature Communications 6 , p. 8511. ISSN 2041-1723.

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    Abstract

    Marine accumulations of terrigenous sediment are widely assumed to accurately record climatic- and tectonic-controlled mountain denudation and play an important role in understanding late Cenozoic mountain uplift and global cooling. Underpinning this is the assumption that the majority of sediment eroded from hinterland orogenic belts is transported to and ultimately stored in marine basins with little lag between erosion and deposition. Here we use a detailed and multi-technique sedimentary provenance dataset from the Yellow River to show that substantial amounts of sediment eroded from Northeast Tibet and carried by the river’s upper reach are stored in the Chinese Loess Plateau and the western Mu Us desert. This finding revises our understanding of the origin of the Chinese Loess Plateau and provides a potential solution for mismatches between late Cenozoic terrestrial sedimentation and marine geochemistry records, as well as between global CO2 and erosion records.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2015 11:05
    Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 11:55
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/13098

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