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Transient Landscapes in Taiwan


We are focusing on recently observed regions of low topographic relief along the range-crest of Taiwan’s central mountain range. These regions stand in contrast to the generally high relief character of the rest of the mountains and could provide significant clues to the formation of the island. Research on this topic utilizes low temperature thermochronology to quantify uplift rates, 10Be dating of quartz to quantify erosion rates, and GIS analysis of remote sensing data to characterize topographic characteristics.


Project Support:

National Science Foundation (NSF) grant through Earth Sciences (EAR) Tectonics Program and Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE)


UConn Researchers:
Will Ouimet
Tim Byrne


Paul Bierman (University of Vermont) – Paul’s website:
Lionel Siame  (Aix-Marseille Université, France & Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
Jon Lewis (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)


Related Publications:


Related Abstracts:

Ouimet, W., Byrne, T. B., Huang, C., “Non-Equilibrium Topography in the southern Central Range of Taiwan”, 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 December.

Byrne, T., Ouimet, W., Rau, R., Hsieh, M. and Lee, Y., 2012, Evidence for Crustal-Scale Imbrication and Non-Equilibrium Topography in the Southern Central Range, Taiwan, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 44, No. 2, p. 38 – presented at the GSA Northeastern Section Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT, 18–20 March.


Taiwan Publications:

Mirakian, D., Crespi, J., Byrne, T., Huang, C., Ouimet, W. and Lewis, J., (2012), Tectonic implications of non-parallel topographic and structural curvature in the higher elevations of an active collision zone, Taiwan, Lithosphere, v. 5 no. 1 p. 49-66, doi:10.1130/L232.1 [LINK]