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Bierman, P.R. and Caffee, M. 2001. Slow Rates of Rock Surface Erosion and Sediment Production across the Namib Desert and Escarpment, Southern Africa. American Journal of Science, 301: 326–358


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Slow Rates of Rock Surface Erosion and Sediment Production across the Namib Desert and Escarpment, Southern Africa.

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Slow erosion has characterized the Namib Desert, the Namibian escarpment, and the adjacent Namibian highlands over the Pleistocene. Paired analyses (n566) of in-situ-produced 10Be and 26Al in quartz-bearing samples of bedrock primarily from inselbergs, of sediment from dry river and stream channels, and of clasts from desert surfaces reveal large inventories of these cosmogenic nuclides indicating significant landscape stability over at least the past million years.

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