Changing sources of nutrients during four million years of ecosystem development

O. A. Chadwick, L. A. Derry, P. M. Vitousek, B. J. Huebert, Lars O. Hedin

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Abstract

As soils develop in humid environments, rock-derived elements are gradually lost, and under constant conditions it seems that ecosystems should reach a state of profound and irreversible nutrient depletion. We show here that inputs of elements from the atmosphere can sustain the productivity of Hawaiian rainforests on highly weathered soils. Cations are supplied in marine aerosols and phosphorus is deposited in dust from central Asia, which is over 6,000 km away.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)491-497
Number of pages7
JournalNature
Volume397
Issue number6719
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 11 1999

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    Chadwick, O. A., Derry, L. A., Vitousek, P. M., Huebert, B. J., & Hedin, L. O. (1999). Changing sources of nutrients during four million years of ecosystem development. Nature, 397(6719), 491-497. https://doi.org/10.1038/17276