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Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory and Geomorphology Research Group

Namibian Bedrock



Namibia is a country of contrasts from the sub-humid uplands to the extreme aridity of the coastal plain. Samples collected from bedrock outcrops, as well as stable alluvial plains, show that rock is eroding on average only several meters per million years and that flat, undissected alluvial surfaces are even more stable.
Project Support
National Geographic 5858-97
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People Working on this Project
Paul Bierman
Marc Caffee
Christine Massey
Susan Nies
Publications Related to this Project

Bierman, P.R., and Caffee, M.W., 2001, Slow rates of rock surface erosion and sediment production across the Namib Desert and escarpment, Southern Africa: American Journal of Science, v. 301, p. 326-358. (download pdf)
Abstracts Related to this Project

Bierman, P., Caffee, M., and Matmon, A., 1999, Rates of rock surface erosion and sediment production across the hyperarid Namib Desert and the great Namibian escarpment: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 31, p. A-297. (download pdf)

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