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https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-11-475-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-11-475-2023
Research article
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24 May 2023
Research article |  | 24 May 2023

Mobile evaporite enhances the cycle of physical–chemical erosion in badlands

Ci-Jian Yang, Pei-Hao Chen, Erica D. Erlanger, Jens M. Turowski, Sen Xu, Tse-Yang Teng, Jiun-Chuan Lin, and Jr-Chuang Huang

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Observations of the interaction between extreme physical erosion and chemical weathering dynamics are limited. We presented major elements of stream water in the badland catchment at 3 h intervals during a 3 d typhoon. The excess sodium in the evaporite deposits causes material dispersion through deflocculation, which enhances the suspended sediment flux. Moreover, we observed a shift from predominantly evaporite weathering at peak precipitation to silicate weathering at peak discharge.