(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Contrasting weathering and climate regimes in forested and cleared sandstone temples of the Angkor region

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

ANDRÉ M.-F. (1 5) ; VOLDOIRE O. (1) ; ROUSSEL E. (2) ; VAUTIER F. (1) ; PHALIP B. (3) ; PEOU H. (4) ;
(1) Lab. of Physical and Environmental Geography - GEOLAB, CNRS/Blaise Pascal Univ., Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE
(2) Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, CNRS/Blaise Pascal Univ., Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE
(3) Centre of History "Spaces and Cultures", Blaise Pascal Univ., Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE
(4) APSARA National Authority, Siem Reap, CAMBODGE
(5) Inst. Universitaire de France, Paris, FRANCE


Comparative assessment of stone weathering intensities and bioclimatic conditions was conducted at 4 temples located in cleared and forested sites of the Angkor Park, based on similar protocols. Four thousand sculpted lotus petals carved in the same grey sandstone were categorized by using 2 customized scales of weathering intensity, and climate monitoring was conducted from December 2008 to November 2009. Whereas 70% of the sandstone lotus petals are almost completely destroyed by mechanical weathering in cleared areas, 74% of petals located in forested environments appear to be totally free of mechanical weathering and are only affected by superficial biochemical weathering. As wetting–drying cycles are the driving force of sandstone decay at Angkor, causal links are suggested between weathering and climate regimes : architectural designs and post-building events influencing water residence time at the stone surface


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, no5 [pp. 519-532]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 9 fig., 4 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1002/esp.2265

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