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Effects of some macrobiota on the Weipa Bauxite, northern Australia

Eggleton, Richard; Taylor, G


Bioturbation of the Weipa bauxite is effected primarily by termites and tree roots. Termite galleries extend into the Plasmic Zone to a depth of 20 m. Termite nests are constructed from the surrounding soil (averaging 30% kaolinite) and also from kaolinite derived from below the bauxite, with some parts of the nest containing 75% kaolinite. Measurement of termite nest volume from two 1 ha areas indicates nest materials amount to as much as 5 t/ha and that termites bring kaolinite to the surface...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
DOI: 10.1080/08120090802438258


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