Tectonic geomorphology

Landslides limit mountain relief

Despite variable forcing by tectonics, the height of mountain ranges seems to be limited. Satellite imagery suggests that landsliding rates adjust to large changes in uplift, acting to maintain hillslopes of similar steepness.

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Figure 1: Peaks in balance.


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Roering, J. Landslides limit mountain relief. Nature Geosci 5, 446–447 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo1511

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