Soil micromorphology deals with the microscopic study of undisturbed soil and regolith samples, making use especially of thin sections and petrographic techniques. It exists as a discipline for almost 70 years. Micromorphology is used by pedologists, quaternary geologists, sedimentologists, and since two decennia intensively by archaeologists. This book provides the state of art in the field of genetic interpretation of micromorphological features, which is not restricted to the classic genetic soil horizons, but also covers processes of soil material formation and weathering, and the results of human activities and regoliths in a wider sense.

Key Features

  • State of art in the field of genetic interpretation of micromorphological features
  • Over 2,600 different references
  • Written by 46 leading experts in the field




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. Fl


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