Articles | Volume 16, issue 12
Biogeosciences, 16, 2481–2499, 2019
Biogeosciences, 16, 2481–2499, 2019

Research article 21 Jun 2019

Research article | 21 Jun 2019

Pedogenic and microbial interrelation in initial soils under semiarid climate on James Ross Island, Antarctic Peninsula region

Lars A. Meier et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (27 Apr 2019) by Andreas Richter
AR by Lars Arne Meier on behalf of the Authors (15 May 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (20 May 2019) by Andreas Richter
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (20 May 2019)
ED: Publish as is (31 May 2019) by Andreas Richter
Short summary
James Ross Island offers the opportunity to study the undisturbed interplay of microbial activity and pedogenesis. Soils from two sites representing coastal and inland conditions were chosen and analyzed with a wide range of techniques to describe soil properties. We are able to show that coastal conditions go along with more intense weathering and therefore favor soil formation and that microbial communities are initially more affected by weathering and structure than by chemical parameters.
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