An uplift history of crete, greece, from inverse modeling of longitudinal river profiles.

Roberts, G. G. and White, N. J. and Shaw, B. (2013) An uplift history of crete, greece, from inverse modeling of longitudinal river profiles. Geomorphology, 198. pp. 177-188. ISSN ISSN 0169-555X DOI 10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.05.026

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Abstract

We jointly invert Cretan drainage networks to determine a temporal and spatial history of regional uplift. Our model assumes that longitudinal river profiles are controlled by uplift rate history and moderated by the erosional process. We have parameterized fluvial erosion using an advective–diffusive formulation. The inverse model recovers the smoothest uplift rate history that best fits a data set of ~ 250 longitudinal river profiles. Residual misfit between theoretical and observed river profiles decreases from 18 to 4 during optimization. Results suggest that Crete has been uplifted by 1–2 km during the last 4 Ma. The central Iraklion Ridge first became emergent at ~ 4 Ma, with eastern and western ends of Crete emerging ~ 1 Ma later. Maximum uplift rates of 1–1.2 mm/yr occurred in central and western Crete between 0 and 1 Ma. This calculated history of uplift is consistent with independent sedimentological, stratigraphic, and paleontological constraints.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2013AREP; IA65;
Subjects: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Divisions: 02 - Geodynamics, Geophysics and Tectonics
Journal or Publication Title: Geomorphology
Volume: 198
Page Range: pp. 177-188
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.05.026
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2013 15:26
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2013 15:39
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/2697

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