Rock-weathering by lichens in Antarctic: patterns and mechanisms

  title={Rock-weathering by lichens in Antarctic: patterns and mechanisms},
  author={Chen Jie and H-P. Blume},
  journal={Journal of Geographical Sciences},
  • C. Jie, H. Blume
  • Published 1 October 2002
  • Geology
  • Journal of Geographical Sciences
Saxicolous species of lichens are able to induce and accelerate weathering of their rock substrate, and effects of lichens on substrate can be attributed to both physical and chemical causes. This paper is focused on biotic weathering actions of epilithic and endolithic species on the different rock types (sandstones and volcanogenic rocks) in Antarctica. The patterns, mechanisms, processes and neoformations of rock-weathering resulting from lichen colonization are expounded in detail… Expand
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