*New paper* Abrasion-set limits on Himalayan gravel flux

The second paper from my PhD came out in Nature last week! Here’s a link to it:

http://rdcu.be/rCWY

Editor’s summary (which summarises the paper really nicely): “Understanding what happens to coarse gravel during riverine transport is important for forecasting the response of rivers to large sediment supplies triggered by earthquakes or storms. This paper finds that the supply of gravel feeding the Ganga Plain from rivers draining the central Himalayan mountains is approximately constant. The observation can be explained by the wearing down of stones during fluvial transport so that most of the gravel that originates more than 100 kilometres upstream is converted into sand by the time it reaches the plain. The authors suggest that earthquake-induced sediment pulses are unlikely to drive increased gravel deposition at the mountain front. Instead, the sediment surge would result in an influx of sand, leading to distinct deposition patterns and affecting flood risk in the low-relief Ganga Plain.”

This paper was an absolute beauty to write, so a big thanks to my supervisors. Although, summarising your research in 2000 words was a lot harder and took a lot longer than I thought, so was by no means an easy task! Feel free to drop me an email with any questions or queries.

A couple of websites also picked up on the article:

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-hard-himalaya-millions.html

http://www.sciencenewsline.com/news/2017042617490044.html

http://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/52873

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