Nanoscale: Mineral Weathering Boundary

Ronald Dorn, S. J. Gordon, D. Krinsley, K. Langworthy

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This chapter presents the first overview of the connection between nanoscale weathering and geomorphology, where three overarching themes recur. First, nanoscale processes are on one side of a fundamental threshold between the coarser microscale (micrometers and up) and the finer nanoscale with its dramatically different molecular dynamics. Second, nanoscale processes do impact a variety of prior geomorphic research, including threads related to ongoing instability in mineral weathering, silt production, rock coating behavior, geochemical pollution, thermal weathering from wildfires, and biotic weathering as an explanation for deviations from Goldich's weathering series. Third, it is possible to link the nanoscale to more classic geomorphic concerns through scaling up quantitatively by digital image processing of microscope imagery and conceptually through connections to weathering forms such as rock splintering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTreatise on Geomorphology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9780080885223
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013



  • Biotic
  • Chemical pollution
  • Field
  • Geomorphology
  • Laboratory
  • Landforms
  • Microbial
  • Nanoscale
  • Rind
  • Rock coating
  • Scale
  • Weathering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Dorn, R., Gordon, S. J., Krinsley, D., & Langworthy, K. (2013). Nanoscale: Mineral Weathering Boundary. In Treatise on Geomorphology (Vol. 4, pp. 44-69). Elsevier Inc..