Growth of the Phoenix metropolitan area led to exposures of the internal bedrock structure of surrounding semi-arid mountain ranges as housing platforms or road cuts. Such exposures in the Sonoran and Mojave deserts reveal the presence of sedimentary calcium carbonate infilling the pre-existing fracture matrix of the bedrock. Field surveys of bedrock fractures filled with carbonate (BFFC) reveal an average of 0.079 +/- 0.024 mT C/m2 stored in the upper 2 m of analyzed bedrock exposures.
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- arid geomorphology
- carbon cycle
- Carbon Sequestration
- Radiocarbon dating
- strontium isotopes
- Geological carbon sequestration--Arizona--Phoenix Metropolitan Area.
- Geological carbon sequestration
- Shields (Geology)--Arizona--Phoenix Metropolitan Area.
- Shields (Geology)
- Desert ecology--Arizona--Phoenix Metropolitan Area.
- Desert ecology
- Partial requirement for: M.A., Arizona State University, 2013Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 50-58)Note typebibliography
- Field of study: Geography