A simple computer simulation of limestone weathering was carried out. The weathering processes simulated were: changes taking place at the stone/atmosphere interface; the motion of salts and water through the stone; and changes in weathering state as a result of the previous mechanisms. Through use of the simulation, three issues in weathering research are addressed: evidence is provided for the passivation of limestone surfaces by gypsum; insights into the so-called "memory effect" are presented; and the pitfalls involved in rapid cycle laboratory experiments are illustrated. 18 refs.
Primary author(s): Antill S J; Viles H A
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