Articles | Volume 4, issue 2
Research article
06 Jul 2022
Research article |  | 06 Jul 2022

Cosmogenic nuclide weathering biases: corrections and potential for denudation and weathering rate measurements

Richard F. Ott, Sean F. Gallen, and Darryl E. Granger

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Cosmogenic nuclides are a tool to quantify denudation – the total removal of mass from near the Earth's surface. Chemical weathering can introduce biases to cosmogenic-nuclide-based denudation rates measurements. Here, we investigate the effects of weathering on cosmogenic nuclides and develop tools to correct for this influence. Our results highlight which additional measurements are required to determine accurate denudation rates in regions where weathering is not negligible.