The role of climate-driven chemical weathering on soil production

Norton, Kevin P.; Molnar, Peter; Schlunegger, Fritz (2014). The role of climate-driven chemical weathering on soil production. Geomorphology, 204, pp. 510-517. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.08.030

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Climate plays an important role in controlling rates of weathering and weathered regolith production. Regolith production functions, however, seldom take climate parameters into account. Based on a climate-dependent weathered regolith production model, at low denudation rates, relative regolith thicknesses are less sensitive to changes in precipitation rates, while at high denudation rates, small changes in climatic parameters can result in complete stripping of hillslopes. This pattern is compounded by the long residence times and system response times associated with low denudation rates, and vice versa. As others have shown, the transition between regolith-mantled and bedrock slopes is dependent on the ratio of denudation to production. Here, we further suggest that this is itself a function of precipitation rate and temperature. We suggest that climatic parameters can be easily incorporated into existing soil production models and that such additions improve the predictive power of soil production models. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Schlunegger, Fritz


500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology




Elsevier Science




Fritz Schlunegger

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01 May 2015 15:23

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05 Dec 2022 14:46

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