Weathering and Soil Formation-The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

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Chapter 4 – Research Assignment

Weathering and Soil Formation


Provide 3 short paragraphs, of about 80 words each, where in your own words you will make a statement about the following points:

The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been increasing for more than a century. Should this increase tend to accelerate or slow down the rate of chemical weathering of the Earth’s surface? Explain how you arrived at your conclusion
Discuss the interaction of the biosphere, geosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere in the formation of soil.

Many gasses are emitted into the atmosphere as a result of human activities. List two gasses other than carbon dioxide that release acids, and therefore accelerate the rate of chemical weathering. Do these acids have other effects on the Earth’s systems?

Please provided references.