Quantitative determination of long-term erosion rates of weathered granitic soil surfaces in western Abukuma, Japan using cosmogenic ^<10>Be and ^<26>Al depth profile

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We present erosion rates of granitic soil surfaces in the western Abukuma upland, Japan using depth profiles of <i>in-situ</i> produced cosmogenic <sup>10</sup>Be and <sup>26</sup>Al based on physical parameters for both neutron and muon interactions. Samples were obtained below the severely weathered zone, from 30 to 190 cm depth below surface (bs). We confirmed that, in this environment, deeper layers from at least 80 cm bs must be analyzed to achieve highly accurate measurement of erosion rate because near-surface layers are potentially influenced by pedogenic processes. The depth profiles obtained suggest a surface-lowering rate of 49-74 m/Myr for a mountain ridge composed of granitic soil. This newly obtained erosion rate is much higher than previously reported granitic or metamorphic bedrock, as well as quartz vein, erosion rates from several climatic environments including humid regions, suggesting that granitic soil surface is more susceptible to erosion.

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  • GEOCHEMICAL JOURNAL

    GEOCHEMICAL JOURNAL 44(6), e23-e27, 2010-12-01

    GEOCHEMICAL SOCIETY OF JAPAN

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    10027720323
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA00654975
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    Journal Article
  • ISSN
    00167002
  • NDL Article ID
    10936439
  • NDL Source Classification
    ZM41(科学技術--地球科学)
  • NDL Call No.
    Z53-R488
  • Data Source
    CJP  CJPref  NDL  J-STAGE 
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