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Contributions from Earth's atmosphere to soil

Louis A. Derry and Oliver A. Chadwick
Contributions from Earth's atmosphere to soil (in The critical zone; where rock meets life, Susan L. Brantley (editor), Timothy S. White (editor) and K. Vala Ragnarsdottir (editor))
Elements (October 2007) 3 (5): 333-338


Soils are mixtures of material derived from substrate weathering, plant decomposition, and solute and particulate deposition from the atmosphere. The relative contribution from each source varies widely among soil types and environments. Atmospheric deposition of marine and mineral aerosols can have a major impact on the geochemistry and biogeochemistry of the Critical Zone. Some of the best-studied examples are from ocean islands because of the strong geochemical contrast between bedrock and atmospheric sources, but for the most part continental areas are more severely impacted by atmospheric deposition. With dust flux greater than 10% of the global river sediment flux, deposition from the atmosphere plays an important role in the biogeochemistry of soils worldwide.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 3
Serial Issue: 5
Title: Contributions from Earth's atmosphere to soil
Title: The critical zone; where rock meets life
Author(s): Derry, Louis A.Chadwick, Oliver A.
Author(s): Brantley, Susan L.editor
Author(s): White, Timothy S.editor
Author(s): Ragnarsdottir, K. Valaeditor
Affiliation: Cornell University, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Ithaca, NY, United States
Affiliation: Pennsylvania State University, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, University Park, PA, United States
Pages: 333-338
Published: 200710
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 32
Accession Number: 2008-032684
Categories: Soils
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: University of Bristol, GBR, United KingdomUniversity of California, Santa Barbara, USA, United States
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200810
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