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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.
- 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
Postgraduate students and researchers in the fields of pedogenesis, soil classification, quaternary geology, sedimentology and archaeology.
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
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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)..
Emeritus Professor, Department of Geology, Ghent University, Belgium
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.
Researcher, Department of Geology, Ghent University, Belgium
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.
Researcher, Department of Geology, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium
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