Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
Research article
16 Feb 2022
Research article |  | 16 Feb 2022

Exhumation and erosion of the Northern Apennines, Italy: new insights from low-temperature thermochronometers

Erica D. Erlanger, Maria Giuditta Fellin, and Sean D. Willett

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We present an erosion rate analysis on dated rock and sediment from the Northern Apennine Mountains, Italy, which provides new insights on the pattern of erosion rates through space and time. This analysis shows decreasing erosion through time on the Ligurian side but increasing erosion through time on the Adriatic side. We suggest that the pattern of erosion rates is consistent with the present asymmetric topography in the Northern Apennines, which has likely existed for several million years.