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SU Geologists Contribute to New Understanding of Mekong River Incision

Photo credit: Gregory Wissink G’16, Ph.D.

Photo credit: Gregory Wissink G’16, Ph.D.

October 19, 2018

SU Geologists Contribute to New Understanding of Mekong River Incision

An international team of Earth scientists has linked the establishment of the Mekong River to a period of major intensification of the Asian monsoon during the middle Miocene, about 17 million years ago, findings that supplant the assumption that the river incised in response to tectonic causes. Their findings are the subject of a paper published in Nature Geoscience on Oct. 15.