(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Microscale biopitting by the endolithic lichen Verrucaria baldensis and its proposed role in mesoscale solution basin development on limestone

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

MCILROY DE LA ROSA J.P. (1) ; WARKE P.A. (1) ; SMITH B.J. (1) ;
(1) School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen's University, Belfast, ROYAUME-UNI


Data are reported demonstrating the potential role of microscale morphologies, induced by endolithic lichen communities, specifically Verrucaria baldensis, in the initiation and development of mesoscale solution basin formation on limestone in the Burren, County Clare. A biophysical model is proposed outlining the different microscale stages leading to solution basin initiation with a progression from initial lichen colonization and growth, associated perithecial biopitting followed by biopit coalescence to form biotroughs, their subsequent enlargement and eventual incipient solution basin formation. This model provides one explanation for solution basin development as this end state may also be achieved through simple solutional means without biological input


Article of periodic

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

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

Millesime : 2012, vol. 37, no4 [pp. 374-384]

Bibliographic references : 42 ref.

Collation : 10 fig., 1 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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