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Loess Plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan Plateau-derived Yellow River sediment

Nie, J; Stevens, T; Rittner, M; Stockli, D; Garzanti, E; Limonta, M; Bird, A; ... Pan, B; + view all (2015) Loess Plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan Plateau-derived Yellow River sediment. Nature Communications , 6 (851) 10.1038/ncomms9511. Green open access

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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.

Type: Article
Title: Loess Plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan Plateau-derived Yellow River sediment
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9511
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms9511
Additional information: © 2015 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: Paleoclimatic Implications, Climate-change, Erosion Rates, Late Pliocene, Late Miocene, North China, Grain-size, Us Desert, Myr Ago, Uplift
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1483557
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