Climate’s role in mountain denudation
Research suggests that mountain ranges are not static but evolve with (and respond to) Earth’s climate and tectonic uplift. Scientists are still debating on how this process of erosion known as denudation (the breaking and removing of rocks from the surface of the earth) is affected by changes in climate. It’s a difficult question to answer because no current technique can analyse changes in erosion rates during the glacial-interglacial periods. The EU-funded ICED project will resolve this debate by creating a time-series of rock erosion over a thousand to one million years ago. This method will permit erosion rate changes to correlate to particular meteorological changes and processes for the first time.
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