(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

Biogenic origin of coastal honeycomb weathering

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

MUSTOE G.E. (1) ;
(1) Geology Dep., Western Washington Univ., Bellingham, ETATS-UNIS


Honeycomb weathering occurs in two environments in Late Cretaceous and Eocene sandstone outcrops along the coastlines of south-west Oregon and north-west Washington, USA, and south-west British Columbia, Canada. In both environments, cavity development is initiated by salt weathering. In the intertidal zone, cavity shapes and sizes are primarily controlled by wetting/drying cycle. In the supratidal spray zone, honeycomb weathering results from a dynamic balance between the corrosive action of salt and the protective effects of endolithic microbes. Cavity patterns produced by complex interactions between inorganic processes and biologic activity provide a geological model of ‘self-organization’. Surface hardening is not a factor in honeycomb formation at these study sites


Article of periodic

published at : Earth surface processes and landforms / ISSN 0197-9337 / CODEN ESPLDB

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1981)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 35, no4 [pp. 424-434]

Bibliographic references : 41 ref.

Collation : 7 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1002/esp.1931

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