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Abrupt drainage basin reorganization following a Pleistocene river capture
Fan, Niannian1,2,3; Chu, Zhongxin4; Jiang, Luguang5; Hassan, Marwan A.2; Lamb, Michael P.6; Liu, Xingnian1
2018-09-14
Source PublicationNATURE COMMUNICATIONS
ISSN2041-1723
Volume9Pages:6
Corresponding AuthorChu, Zhongxin(zhongxinchu@ouc.edu.cn)
AbstractRiver capture is a dramatic natural process of internal competition through which mountainous landscapes evolve and respond to perturbations in tectonics and climate. River capture may occur when one river network grows at the expense of another, resulting in a victor that steals the neighboring headwaters. While river capture occurs regularly in numerical models, field observations are rare. Here we document a late Pleistocene river capture in the Yimeng Mountains, China that abruptly shifted 25 km(2) of drainage area from one catchment to another. River terraces and imbricated cobbles indicate that the main channel incised 27m into granitic bedrock within 80 kyr, following the capture event, and upstream propagating knickpoints and waterfalls reversed the flow direction of a major river. Topographic analysis shows that the capture shifted the river basins far from topographic equilibrium, and active divide migration is propagating the effects of the capture throughout the landscape.
DOI10.1038/s41467-018-06238-6
WOS KeywordLANDSCAPE EVOLUTION MODEL ; STREAM CAPTURE ; MOUNTAIN-RANGES ; INCISION ; EROSION ; FRAMEWORK ; NETWORKS ; PLATEAU ; BEDROCK
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[51509172] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[51539007] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41376052] ; Open Funding of State Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology[SKLLQGZR1801] ; Zhen Wu
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China ; Open Funding of State Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology ; Zhen Wu
WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics
WOS SubjectMultidisciplinary Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000444554800013
PublisherNATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/52914
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorChu, Zhongxin
Affiliation1.Sichuan Univ, Coll Water Resource & Hydropower, State Key Lab Hydraul & Mt River Engn, Chengdu 610065, Sichuan, Peoples R China
2.Univ British Columbia, Dept Geog, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Earth Environm, State Key Lab Loess & Quaternary Geol, Xian 710061, Shaanxi, Peoples R China
4.Ocean Univ China, Qingdao Natl Lab Marine Sci & Technol, Lab Marine Geol, Key Lab Submarine Geosci & Prospecting Tech,MOE, Qingdao 266100, Peoples R China
5.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
6.CALTECH, Div Geol & Planetary Sci, Pasadena, CA 91125 USA
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Fan, Niannian,Chu, Zhongxin,Jiang, Luguang,et al. Abrupt drainage basin reorganization following a Pleistocene river capture[J]. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS,2018,9:6.
APA Fan, Niannian,Chu, Zhongxin,Jiang, Luguang,Hassan, Marwan A.,Lamb, Michael P.,&Liu, Xingnian.(2018).Abrupt drainage basin reorganization following a Pleistocene river capture.NATURE COMMUNICATIONS,9,6.
MLA Fan, Niannian,et al."Abrupt drainage basin reorganization following a Pleistocene river capture".NATURE COMMUNICATIONS 9(2018):6.
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