Recycling of Graphite During Himalayan Erosion: A Geological Stabilization of Carbon in the Crust

@article{Galy2008RecyclingOG,
  title={Recycling of Graphite During Himalayan Erosion: A Geological Stabilization of Carbon in the Crust},
  author={Valier V. Galy and Olivier Beyssac and Christian France‐Lanord and Timothy I. Eglinton},
  journal={Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={322},
  pages={943 - 945}
}
At geological time scales, the role of continental erosion in the organic carbon (OC) cycle is determined by the balance between recent OC burial and petrogenic OC oxidation. Evaluating its net effect on the concentration of carbon dioxide and dioxygen in the atmosphere requires the fate of petrogenic OC to be assessed. Here, we report a multiscale (nanometer to micrometer) structural characterization of petrogenic OC in the Himalayan system. We show that graphitic carbon is preserved and… 
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