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Biology as an Agent of Chemical and Mineralogical Change in Soil

DOI: 10.1016/j.proeps.2014.08.039 DOI Help

Authors: Mark Hodson (University of York) , Stuart Black (University of Reading) , Loredana Brinza (Diamond Light Source) , Daniel Carpenter (Bracknell Forest Borough Counci) , Denise Lambkin (University of Reading) , Fred Mosselmans (Diamond Light Source) , Barbara Palumbo-roe (Kingsley Dunham Centre) , Paul Schofield (Natural History Museum) , Tom Sizmur (Rothamsted Research) , Emma A. A. Versteegh (University of Reading)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Conference Paper
Conference: Geochemistry of the Earth's surface GES-10
Peer Reviewed: Yes

State: Published (Approved)
Published: August 2014

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Abstract: Earthworms have a significant impact on the functioning of soils and the processes that occur within them. Here we review our work on the impact of earthworms on soil mineralogy and chemistry, in particular focusing on the contribution of earthworms to mineral weathering and calcium carbonate in soils and the impact that earthworms have on metal mobility at contaminated sites.

Journal Keywords: Earthworms; Weathering; Calcium Carbonate; Calcite; Metal Contamination

Subject Areas: Environment, Biology and Bio-materials


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