Publications

The low closure temperature of (U-Th)/He thermochronology makes it an ideal technique to application to the tectonic study of active mountain belts and to long-term landscape evolution. Sample publications from our groups highlighting these applications, along with some work on (U-Th)/He technique development, can be found below.
Tectonics

Duvall, A. R., Clark, M. K., Kirby, E., Farley, K. A., Craddock, W. H., Li, C. and Yuan, D. Y., 2013, Low‐temperature thermochronometry along the Kunlun and Haiyuan Faults, NE Tibetan Plateau: Evidence for kinematic change during late‐stage orogenesis, Tectonics, 32, 1190-1211.

Niemi, N. A., Buscher, J. T., Spotila, J. A., House, M. A. and Kelley, S. A., 2013, Insights from low-temperature thermochronometry into transpressional deformation and crustal exhumation along the San Andreas fault in the western Transverse Ranges, California, Tectonics, 32, p. 1602-1622.

Niemi, N. A., 2012, Geologic map of the central Grapevine Mountains, Inyo County, California and Esmeralda and Nye counties, Nevada, Geological Society of America Digital Maps and Charts Series, DMC12, 1:48,000, 28 p. text.

Verdel, C., Niemi, N. and van der Pluijm, B., 2011, Thermochronology of the Salt Spring fault: Constraints on the evolution of the South Virgin-White Hills detachment system, Nevada and Arizona, USA, Geosphere, 7, no. 3, p. 774–784.

Duvall, A. R., Clark, M. K., van der Pluijm, B. and Li, C., 2011, Direct dating of Eocene reverse faulting in northeastern Tibet using Ar-dating of fault clays and low-temperature thermochronometry, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 304, p. 520–526.

Lease, R. O., Burbank, D. W., Clark, M. K., Farley, K. A., Zheng, D. and Zhang, H., 2011, Middle Miocene reorganization of deformation along the northeastern Tibetan Plateau, Geology, 39, p. 359–362.

Avdeev, B.and Niemi, N. A., 2011, Rapid Pliocene exhumation of the central Greater Caucasus constrained by low-temperature thermochronometry, Tectonics, 30, TC2009.

Clark, M. K., Farley, K. A., Zheng, D., Wang, Z., Duvall, A. R., 2010, Early Cenozoic faulting of the northern Tibetan Plateau margin from apatite (U–Th)/He ages, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 296, p. 78–88.

Zheng, D., Clark, M. K., Zhang, P., Zheng, W. and Farley, K. A., 2010, Erosion, fault initiation and topographic growth of the North Qilian Shan (northern Tibetan Plateau), Geosphere, 6, p. 937–941.

Clark, M. K. and Bilham, R., 2008, Miocene rise of the Shillong Plateau and the beginning of the end of the Eastern Himalaya, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 269, p. 337–351.

Mahan, K. H., Guest, B., Wernicke, B. P. and Niemi, N. A., 2009, Low-temperature thermochronologic constraints on the kinematic history and spatial extent of the Eastern California shear zone, Geosphere, 5, p. 1–13.

Spotila, J. A., House, M. A., Niemi, N. A., Brady, R. J., Oskin M. and Buscher, J. T., 2008, Patterns of bedrock uplift along the San Andreas fault and implications for mechanisms of transpression, in Till, A. B., Roeske, S. M., Sample, J. C., and Foster, D. A., eds., Exhumation Associated with Continental Strike-Slip Systems, Geological Society of America Special Paper 434, p. 15–34.

Clark, M. K., House, M. A., Royden, L. H., Whipple, K. X., Burchfiel, B. C., Zhang, X. and Tang, W., 2005, Late Cenozoic uplift of southeastern Tibet, Geology, 33, p. 525–528.


Landscape Evolution and Surface Processes
Duvall, A. R., Clark, M. K., Avdeev, B., Farley, K. A. and Chen, Z., 2012, Widespread late Cenozoic increase in erosion rates across the interior of eastern Tibet constrained by detrital low‐temperature thermochronometry, Tectonics, 31, TC3014.

Clark, M. K., Maheo, G., Saleeby, J. and Farley, K., 2006, The non-equilibrium landscape of the Sierra Nevada, California: Reply, GSA Today, on-line forum.

Farley, K. A., Shuster, D. L., Clark, M. and Maheo, G., 2005, Dating erosion events using He-4/He-3 thermochronometry, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 69, A317–A317, Suppl. S.

Clark, M. K., Maheo, G., Saleeby, J. and Farley, K., 2005, The non-equilibrium landscape of the Sierra Nevada, California, GSA Today, 15(9), p. 4–10.

Spotila, J. A., House, M. A., Blythe, A. E., Niemi, N. A. and Bank, G. C., 2002, Controls on the erosion and geomorphic evolution of the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountains, southern California, in Barth, A., ed., Crustal Evolution of the Southwestern United States: Boulder, Colorado, Geological Society of America Special Paper 365, p. 205–230.


Thermochronology Technique Development
Avdeev, B., Niemi, N. A. and Clark, M. K., 2011, Doing more with less: Bayesian estimation of erosion models with detrital thermochronometric data, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 305, p. 385–395.

Farley, K. A. and Clark, M. K., 2006, Progress and problems with apatite (U-Th)/He dating, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 70, A166–A166, Suppl. S.

Recent Publications

Craddock, W. H., Kirby, E., Zhang, H., Clark, M. K., Champagnac, J.-D., Yuan, D., 2014, Rates and style of Cenozoic deformation around the Gonghe Basin, northeastern Tibetan Plateau, Geosphere, 10(6), p. 1255-1282. Link to article