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East Asian monsoon intensification promoted weathering of the magnesium-rich southern China upper crust and its global significance

Yang, Y. ; Galy, A. ; Fang, X. ; France-Lanord, C. ; et al., Science China Earth Sciences

East Asian monsoon intensification promoted weathering of the magnesium-rich southern China upper crust and its global significance

Yang, Y. ; Galy, A. ; Fang, X. ; France-Lanord, C. ; et al.,

Science China Earth Sciences, 2021, 64, 7, 1155-1170

Abstract :

The Oligocene-Miocene boundary Asian climatic reorganization linked to the northward migration of the East Asian monsoon into subtropical China is a potentially important but poorly constrained atmospheric CO2 consumption process. Here, we performed a first-order estimate of the CO2 consumption induced by silicate chemical weathering and organic carbon burial in subtropical China related to this climatic reorganization. Our results show that an increase in long-term CO2 consumption by silicate weathering varies from 0.06×1012 to 0.87×1012 mol yr−1 depending on erosion flux reconstructions, with an 50% contribution of Mg-silicate weathering since the late Oligocene. The organic carbon burial flux is approximately 25% of the contemporary CO2 consumption by silicate weathering. The results highlight the significant role of weathering of the Mg-rich upper continental crust in East China, which would contribute to the rapid decline in atmospheric CO2 during the late Oligocene and the Neogene rise in the seawater Mg content. If this climatic reorganization was mainly induced by the Tibetan Plateau uplift, our study suggests that the growth of the Himalayan-Tibetan Plateau can lead to indirect modification of the global carbon and magnesium cycles by changing the regional hydrological cycle in areas of East Asia that are tectonically less active.

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publié jeudi 6 janvier 2022