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https://doi.org/10.5194/gchron-5-35-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/gchron-5-35-2023
Short communication/technical note
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16 Jan 2023
Short communication/technical note |  | 16 Jan 2023

Short communication: age2exhume – a MATLAB/Python script to calculate steady-state vertical exhumation rates from thermochronometric ages and application to the Himalaya

Peter van der Beek and Taylor F. Schildgen

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Thermochronometric data can provide unique insights into the patterns of rock exhumation and the driving mechanisms of landscape evolution. Several well-established thermal models allow for a detailed exploration of how cooling rates evolved in a limited area or along a transect, but more regional analyses have been challenging. We present age2exhume, a thermal model that can be used to rapidly provide a synoptic overview of exhumation rates from large regional thermochronologic datasets.