Weathering in the Tropics, and Related Extratropical Processes

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Weathering processes are partially responsible for a characteristic geomorphology that occurs in the tropics and subtropics. Resistant landforms such as inselbergs, extreme solution processes such as silica karst, and deep weathering profiles with end stage weathering products such as laterite and kaolin are common features of tropical weathering. Many of these features also occur outside the tropics. In part, climate change and paleotectonics were responsible for tropical conditions in areas not now tropical. But, some processes assumed to require tropic conditions that are not so limited, sufficient moisture, and time sufficing for their development. This chapter reviews the weathering processes and distinctive landforms of the broadly defined tropics, and explores the debates over weathering factors as they pertain to tropic and extratropical environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWeathering and Soils Geomorphology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780080885223
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • Climate change
  • Climatic geomorphology
  • Geomorphology
  • Karst
  • Subtropics
  • Tropics
  • Weathering
  • Weathering landforms
  • Weathering profiles


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