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Loess plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan plateau-derived Yellow River sediment

Ando, Sergio; Nie, Junsheng; Stevens, Thomas; Rittner, Martin; Stockli, Daniel; Garzanti, Eduardo; Limonta, Mara; Bird, Anna; Andò, Sergio; Vermeesch, Pieter; Saylor, Joel; Lu, Huayu; Breecker, Daniel; Hu, Xiaofei; Liu, Shanpin; Resentini, Alberto; Vezzoli, Giovanni; Peng, Wenbin; Carter, Andrew; Ji, Shunchuan; Pan, Baotian

Authors

Sergio Ando

Junsheng Nie

Thomas Stevens

Martin Rittner

Daniel Stockli

Eduardo Garzanti

Mara Limonta

Sergio Andò

Pieter Vermeesch

Joel Saylor

Huayu Lu

Daniel Breecker

Xiaofei Hu

Shanpin Liu

Alberto Resentini

Giovanni Vezzoli

Wenbin Peng

Andrew Carter

Shunchuan Ji

Baotian Pan



Abstract

Marine accumulations of terrigenous sediment are widely assumed to accurately record climatic- and tectonic-controlled mountain denudation and play an important role in understanding late Cenozoic mountain uplift and global cooling. Underpinning this is the assumption that the majority of sediment eroded from hinterland orogenic belts is transported to and ultimately stored in marine basins with little lag between erosion and deposition. Here we use a detailed and multi-technique sedimentary provenance dataset from the Yellow River to show that substantial amounts of sediment eroded from Northeast Tibet and carried by the river’s upper reach are stored in the Chinese Loess Plateau and the western Mu Us desert. This finding revises our understanding of the origin of the Chinese Loess Plateau and provides a potential solution for mismatches between late Cenozoic terrestrial sedimentation and marine geochemistry records, as well as between global CO2 and erosion records.

Publication Date 2015-12
Journal Nature communications
Electronic ISSN 2041-1723
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 1
Article Number ARTN 8511
APA6 Citation Nie, J., Stevens, T., Rittner, M., Stockli, D., Garzanti, E., Limonta, M., …Pan, B. (2015). Loess plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan plateau-derived Yellow River sediment. Nature communications, 6(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms9511
DOI https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms9511
Keywords Yellow River
Publisher URL http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/151009/ncomms9511/full/ncomms9511.html
Copyright Statement © 2015, Rights Managed by Nature Publishing Group, distributed under a Creative Commons CC-BY license (please see the article itself for the license version number). You may reuse this material without obtaining permission from Nature Publishing Group, providing that the author and the original source of publication are fully acknowledged, as per the terms of the license.
Additional Information This is a Gold Open Access article published in Nature communications, 2015, v.6.

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