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Earth Surface Dynamics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union

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Earth Surf. Dynam., 5, 85-100, 2017
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Research article
30 Jan 2017
Steady state, erosional continuity, and the topography of landscapes developed in layered rocks
Matija Perne et al.
Interactive discussionStatus: closed
AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
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RC1: 'Review of M. Perne et al. “Steady state, continuity, and the erosion of layered rocks.” eSurf.', Anonymous Referee #1, 11 Sep 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
AC1: 'Reply to reviewer #1', Matthew Covington, 16 Sep 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
RC2: 'Perne et al. manuscript review', Anonymous Referee #2, 13 Sep 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
AC2: 'Response to Reviewer #2', Matthew Covington, 22 Sep 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
RC3: 'Review of original submission by K.X.Whipple', Kelin Whipple, 14 Sep 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
SC1: 'clarification of conceptual model', Matthew Covington, 19 Sep 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
RC4: 'Correct', Kelin Whipple, 21 Sep 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
AC3: 'Final author comment and revised manuscript', Matthew Covington, 24 Oct 2016 Printer-friendly Version Supplement 
Peer review completion
AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Matthew Covington on behalf of the Authors (31 Oct 2016)  Author's response  Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by Editor) (07 Dec 2016) by Greg Hancock  
AR by Matthew Covington on behalf of the Authors (20 Dec 2016)  Author's response  Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (21 Dec 2016) by Greg Hancock  
ED: Publish as is (05 Jan 2017) by Douglas Jerolmack (Editor)  
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Short summary
Concepts of landscape equilibrium often enable the interpretation of landscape response to various forces. However, we demonstrate that standard conceptions of landscape equilibrium do not apply in layered rocks. We develop a more general mathematical description of steady state based on a constraint of land surface continuity. In the case of rock layers that are nearly horizontal, this continuity steady state makes substantially different predictions about the nature of equilibrium landscapes.
Concepts of landscape equilibrium often enable the interpretation of landscape response to...