Interpretation of Micromorphological Features of Soils and Regoliths

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Interpretation of Micromorphological Features of Soils and Regolith, 2nd edition, provides researchers and students with a global tool for interpretation of micromorphological features of regoliths and soils. After an introduction and general overview by the editors, micromorphological aspects of regoliths (e.g. saprolites, unconsolidated sediments, transported materials) are highlighted, followed by a systematic and coherent discussion of the micromorphological expression of various pedogenic processes. This is done by discussing diagnostic horizons, materials and processes. The following topics are also treated: freeze-thaw features, redoximorphic features, calcareous and gypsiferous formations, textural features, spodic and oxic horizons, andic and volcanic materials, organic and surface horizons, laterites, surface crusts, salts, biogenic and inorganic siliceous materials, authigenic silicates, phosphates, thionic and derived materials, and features related to faunal activity. The last chapters address the impact of anthropic activities, with regard to archaeology and palaeopedology.

Interpretation of Micromorphological Features of Soils and Regolith, 2nd edition, is written by a team of well-known, global  experts in the field who all used a single set of concepts and terminology, making it a valuable interdisciplinary reference.



  • Updated version of the first exhaustive publication on interpretation of micromorphological features
  • Covers related topics, making micromorphology more attractive and accessible for geographers, archaeologists and quaternary geologists
  • Thematic treatment of a range of soil micromorphology fields broadens the content’s applications
  • Authored by a multi-disciplinary team, ensuring thorough coverage of archaeological, geological, and earth science disciplines

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Interpretation of Micromorphological Features of Soils and Regolith, 2nd edition, provides researchers and students with a global tool for interpretation of micromorphological features of regoliths and soils. After an introduction and general overview by the editors, micromorphological aspects of regoliths (e.g. saprolites, unconsolida...

Format:OtherDimensions:752 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:August 25, 2010Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0080932304

ISBN - 13:9780080932309

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Table of Contents

Preface Georges Stoops, Vera Marcelino & Florias Mees

Chapter 1 Micromorphology as a tool in soil and regolith studies. Georges Stoops

Chapter 2 Micromorphological features and their relation to processes and classification: general guidelines and keys. Georges Stoops, Vera Marcelino & Florias Mees

Chapter 3 Colluvial and mass wasting deposits. Herman Mücher, Henk van Steijn & Frans Kwaad

Chapter 4 Saprolites. Siti Zauyah, Carlos E.G.R. Schaefer & Felipe N.B. Simas

Chapter 5 Pedoplasmation: formation of soil material. Georges Stoops & Carlos E.G.R. Schaefer

Chapter 6 Frost action. Brigitte Van Vliet-Lanoë

Chapter 7 Vertic features. Irina Kovda & Ahmet R. Mermut

Chapter 8 Redoximorphic features. David L. Lindbo, Mark H. Stolt & Mike J. Vepraskas

Chapter 9 Calcium carbonate features. Nicolas Durand, H. Curtis Monger & Matthew G. Canti

Chapter 10 Gypsic features. Rosa M. Poch, Octavio Artieda, Juan Herrero & Marina Lebedeva-Verba

Chapter 11 Textural pedofeatures and related horizons. Peter Kühn, José Aguilar & Rienk Miedema

Chapter 12 Spodic materials. Michael A. Wilson & Dominique Righi

Chapter 13 Regoliths and soils on volcanic ash. Sergey Sedov, Georges Stoops & Sergey Shoba

Chapter 14 Oxic and related materials. Vera Marcelino, Georges Stoops & Carlos E.G.R. Schaefer

Chapter 15 Lateritic and bauxitic materials. Georges Stoops & Vera Marcelino

Chapter 16 Topsoils - mollic, takyric and yermic horizons. Maria Gerasimova & Marina Lebedeva

Chapter 17 Soil organic matter. Mark H. Stolt & David L. Lindbo

Chapter 18 Features related to faunal activity. Maja J. Kooistra & Mirjam M. Pulleman

Chapter 19 Physical and biological surface crusts and seals. Marcello Pagliai & Georges Stoops

Chapter 20 Salt minerals in saline soils and salt crusts. Florias Mees & Tatiana V. Tursina

Chapter 21 Pedogenic and biogenic siliceous features. Ma. del Carmen Gutiérrez-Castorena & William R. Effland

Chapter 22 Authigenic silicate minerals - sepiolite-palygorskite, zeolites and sodium silicates. Florias Mees

Chapter 23 Phosphatic features. Panagiotis Karkanas & Paul Goldberg

Chapter 24 Sulphidic and sulphuric materials. Florias Mees & Georges Stoops

Chapter 25 Anthropogenic features. W. Paul Adderley, Clare A. Wilson, Ian A. Simpson & Donald A. Davidson

Chapter 26 Archaeological materials. Richard I. Macphail & Paul Goldberg

Chapter 27 Palaeosoils and relict soils. Nicolas Fedoroff, Marie-Agnès Courty & Zhengtang Guo