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First evidence of Renlandian (c. 950-940 Ma) orogeny in Mainland Scotland: implications for the status of the Moine Supergroup and circum-North Atlantic correlations (2018)
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Bird, A., Cutts, K., Strachan, R., Thirlwall, M. F., & Hand, M. (2018). First evidence of Renlandian (c. 950-940 Ma) orogeny in Mainland Scotland: implications for the status of the Moine Supergroup and circum-North Atlantic correlations. Precambrian research, 305, 283-294. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2017.12.019

Central problems in the interpretation of the Neoproterozoic geology of the North Atlantic region arise from uncertainties in the ages of, and tectonic drivers for, Tonian orogenic events recorded in eastern Laurentia and northern Baltica. The identi... Read More

Insights into the provenance of the Chinese Loess Plateau from joint zircon U-Pb and garnet geochemical analysis of last glacial loess (2017)
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Fenn, K., Stevens, T., Bird, A., Limonta, M., Rittner, M., Vermeesch, P., …Lin, Z. (2018). Insights into the provenance of the Chinese Loess Plateau from joint zircon U-Pb and garnet geochemical analysis of last glacial loess. Quaternary Research, 89(3), 645-659. https://doi.org/10.1017/qua.2017.86

The Chinese Loess Plateau, the world’s largest and oldest loess record, preserves evidence of Asia’s long-term dust source dynamics, but there is uncertainty over the source of the deposits. Recent single-grain detrital zircon U-Pb age analysis has p... Read More

Quantitative estimation of the contribution of dust sources to Chinese loess using detrital zircon U-Pb age patterns (2016)
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Zhang, H., Lu, H., Xu, X., Liu, X., Yang, T., Stevens, T., …Feng, H. (2016). Quantitative estimation of the contribution of dust sources to Chinese loess using detrital zircon U-Pb age patterns. Journal of geophysical research. JGR. Earth surface, 121(11), 2085-2099. https://doi.org/10.1002/2016jf003936

©2016. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. The origin and provenance of the loess deposits of the Chinese Loess Plateau (CLP) are still debated. In order to pinpoint the dust sources, surface samples from the piedmont of the Northeastern... Read More

The provenance of Taklamakan desert sand (2016)
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Rittner, M., Vermeesch, P., Carter, A., Bird, A., Stevens, T., Garzanti, E., …Lu, H. (2016). The provenance of Taklamakan desert sand. Earth and planetary science letters, 437, 127-137. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2015.12.036

Sand migration in the vast Taklamakan desert within the Tarim Basin (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region, PR China) is governed by two competing transport agents: wind and water, which work in diametrically opposed directions. Net aeolian transport is... Read More

Evidence from Rb–Sr mineral ages for multiple orogenic events in the Caledonides of Shetland, Scotland (2015)
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Walker, S., Thirlwall, M. F., Strachan, R. A., & Bird, A. F. (2016). Evidence from Rb–Sr mineral ages for multiple orogenic events in the Caledonides of Shetland, Scotland. Journal of the Geological Society, 173(3), 489-503. https://doi.org/10.1144/jgs2015-034

Shetland occupies a unique central location within the North Atlantic Caledonides. Thirty-three new high-precision Rb–Sr mineral ages indicate a polyorogenic history. Ages of 723–702 Ma obtained from the vicinity of the Wester Keolka Shear Zone indic... Read More

Loess plateau storage of Northeastern Tibetan plateau-derived Yellow River sediment (2015)
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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

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... Read More

Quaternary dust source variation across the Chinese Loess Plateau (2015)
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Bird, A., Stevens, T., Rittner, M., Vermeesch, P., Carter, A., Andò, S., …Xu, Z. (2015). Quaternary dust source variation across the Chinese Loess Plateau. Palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology, 435, 254-264. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.06.024

The Chinese Loess Plateau in north central China contains one of the most valuable Cenozoic climate archives on land. Establishing the origin of this substantial archive of aeolian sediments is critical for the interpretation of loess climate proxies... Read More

Provenance of the upper Miocene–Pliocene Red Clay deposits of the Chinese loess plateau (2014)
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Nie, J., Peng, W., Möller, A., Song, Y., Stockli, D. F., Stevens, T., …Fang, X. (2014). Provenance of the upper Miocene–Pliocene Red Clay deposits of the Chinese loess plateau. Earth and planetary science letters, 407, 35-47. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2014.09.026

© 2014 Elsevier B.V. A clear understanding of the provenance of late Cenozoic Chinese loess and the underlying Red Clay deposits will shed light on the history and mechanisms of Asian aridification. Although much progress has been made in understandi... Read More

An abrupt shift in dust source on the Chinese Loess Plateau revealed through high sampling resolution OSL dating (2013)
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Stevens, T., Adamiec, G., Bird, A. F., & Lu, H. (2013). An abrupt shift in dust source on the Chinese Loess Plateau revealed through high sampling resolution OSL dating. Quaternary science reviews, 82, 121-132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.10.014

The source of dust that forms the extensive deposits of loess exposed on the Chinese Loess Plateau is highly debated. In particular, it is not clear whether sources can change abruptly within individual loess units or whether local influences on sour... Read More

Controlling factors on heavy mineral assemblages in Chinese loess and red clay (2013)
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Nie, J., Peng, W., Pfaff, K., Möller, A., Garzanti, E., Andò, S., …Ji, S. (2013). Controlling factors on heavy mineral assemblages in Chinese loess and red clay. Palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology, 381-382, 110-118. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2013.04.020

Heavy-mineral analysis is a sensitive technique in constraining provenance of sandstone, but has rarely been applied to loess. Here we report a heavy-mineral study of selected samples from the Luochuan, Xifeng and Caoxian loess-Red Clay sections on t... Read More

Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd dating of metamorphic garnet: evidence for multiple accretion events during the Caledonian orogeny in Scotland (2013)
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Bird, A. F., Thirlwall, M. F., Strachan, R. A., & Manning, C. J. (2013). Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd dating of metamorphic garnet: evidence for multiple accretion events during the Caledonian orogeny in Scotland. Journal of the Geological Society, 170(2), 301-317. https://doi.org/10.1144/jgs2012-083

Caledonian orogenesis in Scotland is currently interpreted in terms of a Mid-Ordovician arc- continent collision (Grampian event) followed by the Silurian collision of Laurentia with Baltica (Scandian event). Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd garnet ages of c. 475-460... Read More

Genetic linkage between the Yellow River, the Mu Us desert and the Chinese Loess Plateau (2013)
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Stevens, T., Carter, A., Watson, T. P., Vermeesch, P., Andò, S., Bird, A. F., …Sevastjanova, I. (2013). Genetic linkage between the Yellow River, the Mu Us desert and the Chinese Loess Plateau. Quaternary science reviews, 78, 355-368. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.11.032

Arid and semi arid northern China holds some of the world's most significant sand sea and loess deposits. In particular, arguably the most important late Cenozoic wind-blown dust archives on land are exposed on the Chinese Loess Plateau. The origin o... Read More