Interpretation of Micromorphological Features of Soils and Regoliths

Interpretation of Micromorphological Features of Soils and Regoliths

1st Edition - August 25, 2010

Write a review

  • Editors: Georges Stoops, Vera Marcelino, Florias Mees
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080932309
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444638489

Purchase options

Purchase options
DRM-free (PDF, Mobi, EPub)
Available
Sales tax will be calculated at check-out

Institutional Subscription

Free Global Shipping
No minimum order

Description

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.

Key Features

  • 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

Readership

Postgraduate students and researchers in the fields of pedogenesis, soil classification, quaternary geology, sedimentology and archaeology.

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 

Product details

  • No. of pages: 752
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2010
  • Published: August 25, 2010
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080932309
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444638489

About the Editors

Georges Stoops

Georges Stoops contributed substantially to the understanding of the genesis of arid and tropical soils, and to the development of concepts and terminology for the description of soil thin sections. His outstanding research activities in an international context, contributed considerably to the development of soil micromorphology, while his enthusiastic teaching in Ghent and elsewhere promoted the use of soil micromorphology worldwide. His achievements have been honoured for instance by the Kubiëna Medal of the International Soil Science Society (1992) and the Philippe Duchaufour Medal of the European Geosciences Union (2010)..

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, Department of Geology, Ghent University, Belgium

Vera Marcelino

Dr. Marcelino has many years of research experience in soil micromorphology, especially in the field of tropical soil development, and was guest lecturer at several Intensive Training Courses on Micromorphology organised in various European countries.

Affiliations and Expertise

Researcher, Department of Geology, Ghent University, Belgium

Florias Mees

Dr. Mees has many years of research experience in sediment petrology, soil mineralogy and micromorphology, applied to sediments and soils in arid and semi-arid environments, and later mainly in humid tropical environments, especially in Central Africa.

Affiliations and Expertise

Researcher, Department of Geology, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium

Ratings and Reviews

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for "Interpretation of Micromorphological Features of Soils and Regoliths"