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Tracing and pacing soil across slopes

Jean L. Dixon and Clifford S. Riebe
Tracing and pacing soil across slopes (in Cosmogenic nuclides, Friedhelm von Blanckenburg (editor) and Jane K. Willenbring (editor))
Elements (October 2014) 10 (5): 363-368


The conversion of rock to soil prepares Earth's surface for erosion by wind, water, gravity, and life. Together these agents wear down hills and mountains even as the land rises up under the stress of tectonic forces in the crust. Meanwhile, weathering liberates nutrients from minerals and disaggregates rock into regolith, generating hospitable substrates for life. Over the last two decades, geochemists, geomorphologists, and soil scientists have increasingly used cosmogenic nuclides to quantify how fast soils are made, modified, and finally swept away in hilly and mountainous landscapes around the world. These studies are revolutionizing our understanding of soils and their role in feedbacks that shape Earth's surface, influence overlying ecosystems, and modulate climate over millions of years.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 10
Serial Issue: 5
Title: Tracing and pacing soil across slopes
Title: Cosmogenic nuclides
Author(s): Dixon, Jean L.Riebe, Clifford S.
Author(s): von Blanckenburg, Friedhelmeditor
Author(s): Willenbring, Jane K.editor
Affiliation: Montana State University, Department of Earth Sciences, Bozeman, MT, United States
Affiliation: German Research Centre for Geosciences, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, Earth Surface Geochemistry, Potsdam, Germany
Pages: 363-368
Published: 201410
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: 31
Accession Number: 2014-099666
Categories: GeomorphologyGeochronology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania, USA, United StatesUniversity of Wyoming, USA, United States
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America
Update Code: 201450
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