12. A Geobiological View of Weathering and Erosion

  1. Andrew H. Knoll3,
  2. Donald E. Canfield4 and
  3. Kurt O. Konhauser5
  1. Susan L. Brantley1,
  2. Marina Lebedeva1 and
  3. Elisabeth M. Hausrath2

Published Online: 29 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118280874.ch12

Fundamentals of Geobiology

Fundamentals of Geobiology

How to Cite

Brantley, S. L., Lebedeva, M. and Hausrath, E. M. (2012) A Geobiological View of Weathering and Erosion, in Fundamentals of Geobiology (eds A. H. Knoll, D. E. Canfield and K. O. Konhauser), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118280874.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138, USA

  2. 4

    Institute of Biology Nordic Center for Earth Evolution, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark

  3. 5

    Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E3, Canada

Author Information

  1. 1

    Center for Environmental Kinetics Analysis, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, Pennsylvania State University, University Park PA 16802, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Geosciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118280812

Online ISBN: 9781118280874



  • geobiological view of weathering, erosion;
  • weathering over geologic time, CO2 in the atmosphere;
  • tectonic cycles on weathering, erosion, and P availability;
  • biota effects, on silicate mineral weathering;
  • effects of biota on weathering;
  • organomarkers in weathering, influence of organics;
  • biota and organomarkers, signals in regolith;
  • humans, imminent role in chemical weathering, erosion;
  • changes in climatic conditions, shifts in weathering crust


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Effects of biota on weathering

  • Effects of organic molecules on weathering

  • Organomarkers in weathering solutions

  • Elemental profiles in regolith

  • Time evolution of profile development

  • Investigating chemical, physical, and biological weathering with simple models

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgements

  • References