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ESurf | Articles | Volume 7, issue 1
Earth Surf. Dynam., 7, 275-299, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-7-275-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Earth Surf. Dynam., 7, 275-299, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-7-275-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 14 Mar 2019

Research article | 14 Mar 2019

How steady are steady-state mountain belts? A reexamination of the Olympic Mountains (Washington state, USA)

Lorenz Michel et al.
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Mountain-building processes are often investigated by assuming a steady state, meaning the balance between opposing forces, like mass influx and mass outflux. This work shows that the Olympic Mountains are in flux steady state on long timescales (i.e., 14 Myr), but the flux steady state could be disturbed on shorter timescales, especially by the Plio–Pleistocene glaciation. The contribution highlights the temporally nonsteady evolution of mountain ranges.
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