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Research article
15 Feb 2022
Research article |  | 15 Feb 2022

Comparison of soil production, chemical weathering, and physical erosion rates along a climate and ecological gradient (Chile) to global observations

Mirjam Schaller and Todd A. Ehlers

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Soil production, chemical weathering, and physical erosion rates from the large climate and vegetation gradient of the Chilean Coastal Cordillera (26 to 38° S) are investigated. Rates are generally lowest in the sparsely vegetated and arid north, increase southward toward the Mediterranean climate, and then decrease slightly, or possible stay the same, further south in the temperate humid zone. This trend is compared with global data from similar soil-mantled hillslopes in granitic lithologies.