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Mainly in the plain

The finding that global mass loss from landscapes is dominated by physical erosion and chemical weathering from flat terrain, rather than from mountains, challenges our understanding of how Earth's surface evolves.

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Figure 1: Lowland flat, mountain high.

J. W. KIRCHNER

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Kirchner, J., Ferrier, K. Mainly in the plain. Nature 495, 318–319 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/495318a

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