Tracing erosion patterns in Taiwan by quantitative provenance and geomorphological analysis Conference Paper uri icon


  • Taiwan is one of the world's foremost natural laboratories for studies of orogenesis. After only a few Ma of ongoing collision between the Chinese continental margin and the Luzon Arc, the associated orogen has reached nearly 4 km in height and 100-150 km in width. High rates of convergence leading to rapid rock uplift combine with the wet stormy climate of the sub-tropical typhoon belt to deliver annually an average detrital mass of 9500 t/km2. The doubly-vergent thrust belt is composed of more than 85% of sedimentary rocks dominant in the pro-wedge, but metamorphic rocks as young as< 10 Ma are exposed in the retro-wedge, where zircon fission-track, apatite fission-track and (U-Th)/He ages are all reset and as young as 1 Ma or younger, indicating very recent fast exhumation. There is hardly another region where rock-uplift, unroofing and sediment production are of equal intensity …

publication date

  • April 1, 2016