Science in China Series D: Earth Sciences

, Volume 42, Issue 6, pp 572–581 | Cite as

Preliminary study on weathering and pedogenesis of carbonate rock

  • Shijie Wang
  • Hongbing Ji
  • Ziyuan Ouyang
  • Dequan Zhou
  • Leping Zhen
  • Tingyu Li


South China is the largest continuous distribution area of carbonate rock in the world. The origin of the soils over the bedrock carbonate rock has long been a controversial topic. Here further exploration is made by taking five soil profiles as examples, which are developed over the bedrock dolomitite and limestone and morphologically located in upland in karst terrain in the central, west and north Guizhou as well as west Hunan, and proved to be the weathering profiles of carbonate rock by the research results of acid-dissolved extraction experiment of bedrock, mineralogy and trace element geochemistry. Field, mineralogical and trace element geochemical characteristics of weathering and pedogenesis for carbonate rock are discussed in detail. It is pointed out that weathering and pedogenesis of carbonate rock are important pedogenetic mechanisms for soil resources in karst area, providing a basis for further researches on the origin of soils widely overlying bedrock carbonate rocks in South China.


mineralogy trace elements acid-dissolved extraction experiment weathering profile carbonate rock South China 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shijie Wang
    • 1
  • Hongbing Ji
    • 1
  • Ziyuan Ouyang
    • 1
  • Dequan Zhou
    • 1
  • Leping Zhen
    • 1
  • Tingyu Li
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Environmental Geochemistry, Institute of GeochemistryChinese Academy of SciencesGuiyangChina

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