Relative rates of fluvial bedrock incision on Titan and Earth

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[1] Observations of likely fluvial channels on the surface of Titan, along with Titan's geologically youthful surface, motivate this study of comparative fluvial erosion rates on Titan and the Earth. The roles of bedload abrasion, suspended load abrasion, plucking, and cavitation are considered. Despite orders of magnitude differences in some of the physical parameters that control fluvial incision on Titan and the Earth, incision rates on Titan are likely to be similar to terrestrial rates, given similar conditions of slope, discharge, and sediment supply.

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