Many rock-derived elements, such as K, Ca, Mg, and Fe are essential nutrients for higher plants.
The quantification of global sediment cycles is an important foundation for understanding how landscapes evolve, and how fast they are changing.
Mountains, hills, and lowlands are exposed to a wide range of processes that erode rocks and transport sediment to depositional basins.
The possibility to measure the rates and dates of landscape processes by in situ-produced cosmogenic nuclides (e.g., 10Be and 26Al)...
Advances in novel mass-spectrometric methods have opened opportunities to identify “isotopic fingerprints” of most metals, and to make use of the complete information they contain.