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    Lithium and Lithium Isotopes in Earth's surface cycles

    Pogge von Strandmann, Philip A.E. and Kasemann, S. and Wimpenny, J. (2020) Lithium and Lithium Isotopes in Earth's surface cycles. Elements 16 (4), pp. 253-258. ISSN 1811-5209.

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    Lithium and its isotopes can provide information on continental silicate weathering, which is the primary natural drawdown process of atmospheric CO2 and a major control on climate. Lithium isotopes themselves can help our understanding of weathering, via globally important processes such as clay formation and cation retention. Both these processes occur as part of weathering in modern surface environments, such as rivers, soil pore waters, and groundwaters, but Li isotopes can also be used to track weathering changes across major climate-change events. Lithium isotope evidence from several past climatic warming and cooling episodes shows that weathering processes respond rapidly to changes in temperature, meaning that weathering is capable of bringing climate back under control within a few tens of thousands of years.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Natural Sciences
    Depositing User: Philip Pogge Von Strandmann
    Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2020 08:49
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:03


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