Denudation rates determined from the accumulation of in situ-produced 10Be in the luquillo experimental forest, Puerto Rico

Erik Thorson Brown, Robert F. Stallard, Matthew C. Larsen, Grant M. Raisbeck, Françoise Yiou

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Abstract

We present a simple method for estimation of long-term mean denudation rates using in situ-produced cosmogenic 10Be in fluvial sediments. Procedures are discussed to account for the effects of soil bioturbation, mass wasting and attenuation of cosmic rays by biomass and by local topography. Our analyses of 10Be in quartz from bedrock outcrops, soils, mass-wasting sites and riverine sediment from the Icacos River basin in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico, are used to characterize denudation for major landform elements in that basin. The 10Be concentration of a discharge-weighted average of size classes of river sediment corresponds to a long-term average denudation of ≈ 43 m Ma-1, consistent with mass balance results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-202
Number of pages10
JournalEarth and Planetary Science Letters
Volume129
Issue number1-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1995

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