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Different enrichment patterns of magnetic particles modulated by primary iron-phosphorous input
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  • Juan Ren,
  • Xiaoyong Long,
  • Junfeng Ji,
  • Vidal Barrón,
  • José Torrent,
  • Yong Wang,
  • Shiyou Xie
Juan Ren
Southwest University
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Xiaoyong Long
School of Geographical Sciences, Southwest University

Corresponding Author:longxy@126.com

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Junfeng Ji
Nanjing University
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Vidal Barrón
Departamento de Agronomía
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José Torrent
Universidad de Córdoba
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Yong Wang
Southwest University
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Shiyou Xie
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Magnetic particles associated with iron (Fe) oxides are widespread on the surface of Earth and Mars and serve as reasonable climatic indicators. Ferrimagnetic maghemite (Mgh) and antiferromagnetic hematite (Hm), which dominate magnetism and redness, often coexist or compete with each other in soils and sediments. The formation efficiency of Mgh relative to Hm could be modulated by geochemical background in addition to climate, especially by phosphate (P), which has a high affinity on the surface of precursor iron oxides in natural systems. We investigated two Ferralsol sequences around a P mining field with comparable climate but contrasting P/Fe ratios. High P/Fe retards iron oxide crystallization as well as grain growth and transformation into Hm, which thereby promotes more effective accumulation of ferrimagnetic Mgh as intermediate products. The ligand-protected effect well interprets asynchronous changes in magnetism and redness in soils and sediments across large spatial and temporal scales.
28 Nov 2020Published in Geophysical Research Letters volume 47 issue 22. 10.1029/2020GL090439