The role of moisture in rock weathering at Gneiss Point, Victoria Land, AntarcticaEntry ID: K056_2002_2005_NZ_1
Abstract: Field measurements and rock samples were taken at Gneiss Point (02-03) to determine the role of moisture in rock weathering processes along the Victoria land Coast. Surface and sub-surface temperatures were taken from rocks in the area. Holes were drilled into the rock at 45mm, 90mm and 400mm depths with thermocouples inserted and attached. Measurements were made at one-minute intervals during ... each physical visit in order to determine the number of times the temperature gradients at either the surface or the individual depths exceeded 2° C per minute, a recognised threshold for thermal weathering to occur. The data loggers were then set to record the temperature hourly for the October to January period. Surface and sub-surface moisture content was also measured. Surface moisture sensors were attached to the rock surface measuring date, time of surface moisture event and their magnitude. The time events happened was analysed to see how they correlated with changes in moisture at depth within the rock. Manual measurement were recorded at 45mm and 90mm depths within the rock for a 48 hour period. In addition to these measurements the hardness of the rock site was conducted using a Schmidt Hammer and a sonometer (to measure velocity of sound waves) as proxies for rock strength, digital images of rock surfaces were taken, estimation of the availability of moisture using a rainfall sensor, a general description of the area including GPS co-ordinates, weather characteristics and other relevant features were taken, solar radiation, rock albedo and position of shadows were measures and a series of weather observations was undertaken including; air temperature, air pressure, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, cloud cover and type, visibility and precipitation conditions. Rock samples were collected for later use in laboratory simulations and analysed for their mineral and chemical composition. An empirically based mathematical model will be developed that will predict changes in weathering rate depending on changes in moisture in the rock. In the 04/05 season data on rock surface and sub-surface temperatures at 1 minute intervals, manual recordings of moisture at 45mm and 90mm depths within the rock every 4 hours for approximately 4 days for each of 2 aspects and repeated rock strength, samples and other measurements were carried out.
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Start Date: 2002-10-17Stop Date: 2004-11-22
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Phone: +64 3 366 7001
Email: c.elliot at canterbury.ac.nz
Department of Geography University of Canterbury
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Province or State: Christchurch
Postal Code: 4800
Country: NEW ZEALAND
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Elliott, C. Surface moisture availability and rock weathering in cold climates. New Zealand geographer 60(1): 44-51, 2003.
Elliott, C. Antarctica, Scott Base and environs. New Zealand geographer 61: 68-76, 2005.
Elliott, C. Rock weathering along the Victoria Land coast, Antarctica. Ph.D., University of Canterbury. 2006.
Elliott, C. 2008. Influence of temperature and moisture availability on physical rock weathering along the Victoria Land Coast, Antarctica. Antarctic Science 20: 61-67.
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DIF Creation Date: 2005-07-26
Last DIF Revision Date: 2008-03-05