Increasing Shallow Groundwater CO2 and Limestone Weathering, Konza Prairie, USA

Increasing Shallow Groundwater CO2 and Limestone Weathering, Konza Prairie, USA

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  • November 20, 2018
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In a mid-continental North American grassland, solute concentrations in shallow, limestone-hosted groundwater and adjacent surface water cycle annually and have increased steadily over the 15-year study period, 1991–2005, inclusive. Modeled groundwater CO2, verified by measurements of recent samples, increased from 10−2.05atm to 10−1.94 atm, about a 20% increase, from 1991 to 2005. The measured groundwater alkalinity and alkaline-earth element concentrations also increased over that time period. We propose that carbonate minerals dissolve in response to lowered pH that occurs during an annual carbonate-mineral saturation cycle. The cycle starts with low saturation during late summer and autumn when dissolved CO2 is high. As dissolved CO2 decreases in the spring and early summer, carbonates become oversaturated, but oversaturation does not exceed the threshold for precipitation. We …

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