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Rethinking weathering and pedogenesis in alpine periglacial regions: some Scandinavian evidence

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C. E. Thorn
C. E. Thorn
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Department of Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 607 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801, USA
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R. G. Darmody
R. G. Darmody
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Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1102 S. Goodwin, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
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J. C. Dixon
J. C. Dixon
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Department of Geosciences, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2011

Abstract

Research in the Arctic and alpine regions of NW Sweden and south-central Norway reveals an active chemical-weathering regime: in Kärkevagge, Swedish Lapland, pyrite weathers to produce an acidic environment with vigorous chemical weathering and active pedogenesis as indicated by locally well-developed Spodosols; in the Jotunheimen Mountains of Norway, soil horizons form slowly but cobbles develop weathering rinds within c. 250 years. Such results indicate that chemical weathering and pedogenesis may be quite advanced in alpine periglacial regions and is just one illustration that such regions may be profitably scrutinized using geomorphological and pedological conceptual frameworks other than the traditional periglacial framework.

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Geological Society Special Publication

Ice-Marginal and Periglacial Processes and Sediments

I. P. Martini
I. P. Martini
University of Guelph, Canada
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H. M. French
H. M. French
University of Guelph, Canada
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A. PéRez Alberti
A. PéRez Alberti
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Geological Society of London
Volume
354
ISBN electronic:
9781862396029
Publication date:
January 01, 2011

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