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The central role of weathering in the geosciences

Patrick J. Frings and Heather L. Buss
The central role of weathering in the geosciences
Elements (August 2019) 15 (4): 229-234

Abstract

Weathering is the chemical and physical alteration of rock at the surface of the Earth, but its importance is felt well beyond the rock itself. The repercussions of weathering echo throughout the Earth sciences, from ecology to climatology, from geomorphology to geochemistry. This article outlines how weathering interacts with various geoscience disciplines across a huge range of scales, both spatial and temporal. It traces the evolution of scientific thinking about weathering and man's impact on weathering itself -- for better and for worse. Future computational, conceptual and methodological advances are set to cement weathering's status as a central process in the Earth sciences.


ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 15
Serial Issue: 4
Title: The central role of weathering in the geosciences
Affiliation: German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany
Pages: 229-234
Published: 201908
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: 30
Accession Number: 2019-067105
Categories: Geomorphology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: University of Bristol, GBR, United Kingdom
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201935
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