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Sierra Nevada river incision from apatite ^4He/^3He thermochronometry

Clark, Marin K. and Farley, Kenneth A. (2007) Sierra Nevada river incision from apatite ^4He/^3He thermochronometry. Eos, 88 (52). F2186-F2186. ISSN 0096-3941.

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Published erosion rates suggest that acceleration of river incision beginning some time before 3 Ma initiated formation of the deep river canyons in the southern Sierra Nevada. Such acceleration signals a change in erosional efficacy but its initial timing is poorly constrained. Increased erosional efficacy caused by elevation gain is predicted by scenarios such as block faulting, mantle lithosphere removal, and passage of a slab window. The timing and magnitude of elevation gain may be used to distinguish between competing mechanisms. As in many landscapes, the small magnitude ( < 1.5 km) and antiquity of river incision in the Sierra Nevada make the timing of landscape evolution and its relation to tectonic scenarios inaccessible by most methods. Until recently, we have lacked the potential to 'see' erosional events that exhume leas than several kilometers and that occur over several to several tens of millions of years.

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