Chemical and mechanical erosion rates in Iceland as deduced from river dissolved and solid material

@article{Louvat2008ChemicalAM,
  title={Chemical and mechanical erosion rates in Iceland as deduced from river dissolved and solid material},
  author={P. Louvat and S. G{\'i}slason and C. All{\`e}gre},
  journal={American Journal of Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={308},
  pages={679 - 726}
}
This study investigates dissolved, suspended loads and sands of major Icelandic rivers and determines chemical and mechanical erosion rates as well as rates of CO2 consumption by the chemical weathering. A steady state model of erosion is used to locally calculate the river suspended load fluxes needed to balance chemical weathering. The total dissolved solid concentrations range from 20 to 179 mg/kg. The highest concentrations are for spring fed rivers draining young rocks in the vicinity of… Expand
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