Interpretation of Micromorphological Features of Soils and Regoliths

Interpretation of Micromorphological Features of Soils and Regoliths

2nd Edition - September 17, 2018

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  • Editors: Georges Stoops, Vera Marcelino, Florias Mees
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444635426
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444635228

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Interpretation of Micromorphological Features of Soils and Regoliths, Second Edition, provides researchers and students with a tool for interpreting features observed in soil thin sections and through submicroscopic studies. After an introduction and general overview, micromorphological aspects of regoliths (e.g., saprolites, transported materials) are highlighted, followed by a systematic and coherent discussion of the micromorphological expression of various pedogenic processes. The book is written by an international team of experts in the field, using a uniform set of concepts and terminology, making it a valuable interdisciplinary reference work. The following topics are treated: freeze-thaw features, redoximorphic features, calcareous and gypsiferous formations, textural features, spodic and oxic horizons, volcanic materials, organic matter, surface horizons, laterites, surface crusts, salt minerals, biogenic and pedogenic siliceous materials, other authigenic silicates, phosphates, sulphidic and sulphuric materials, and features related to faunal activity. The last chapters address anthropogenic features,archaeological materials and palaeosoils.

Key Features

  • Updates the first exhaustive publication on interpretation of micromorphological features, with some new chapters and with a larger number of additional references
  • Covers related topics, making micromorphology more attractive and accessible for geomorphologists, archaeologists and quaternary geologists Includes thematic treatment of a range of soil micromorphology fields and broadens its applications
  • Features input from a multi-disciplinary team, ensuring thorough coverage of topics related to soil science, archaeology and geomorphology


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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Micromorphology as a tool in soil and regolith studies
    Georges Stoops 
    2. Colluvial and mass wasting deposits
    Herman Mücher (†), Henk van Steijn and Frans Kwaad
    3. Saprolites
    Siti Zauyah, Carlos E.G.R. Schaefer, Felipe N.B. Simas 
    4. Pedoplasmation: formation of soil material
    Georges Stoops  and Carlos E.G.R. Schaefer  
    5. Groundmass composition and fabric
    Georges Stoops  and Florias Mees  
    6. Pedogenic siliceous features
    Ma. del Carmen Gutiérrez Castorena 
    7. Biogenic siliceous features
    Danuta Kaczorek, Luc Vrydaghs, Yannick Devos, Ákos Pető and William Effland  
    8. Authigenic silicate minerals – sepiolite-palygorskite, zeolites and sodium silicates
    Florias Mees 
    9. Calcium carbonate features
    Nicolas Durand, H.Curtis Monger, Matthew G. Canti and Eric Verrecchia  
    10. Gypsic features
    Rosa M. Poch, Octavio Artieda and Marina Lebedeva 
    11. Salt minerals in saline soils and salt crusts
    Florias Mees and Tatiana V. Tursina 
    12. Phosphatic features
    Panagiotis Karkanas and Paul Goldberg  
    13. Sulphidic and sulphuric materials
    Florias Mees and Georges Stoops 
    14. Textural pedofeatures and related horizons
    Peter Kühn,  José Aguilar, Rienk Miedema and Maria Bronnikova 
    15. Redoximorphic features
    Michael J. Vepraskas, David L. Lindbo and Mark H. Stolt  
    16. Features related to faunal activity
    Maja J. Kooistra and Mirjam M. Pulleman  
    17. Soil organic matter
    Kristin Ismail-Meyer, David L. Lindbo and Mark H. Stolt  
    18. Organo-mineral surface horizons
    Maria Gerasimova and Marina Lebedeva  
    19. Physical and biological surface crusts and seals
    Amanda J. Williams, Marcello Pagliai and Georges Stoops
    20. Frost action
    Brigitte Van Vliet-Lanoë and Catherine A. Fox  
    21. Vertic features
    Irina Kovda and Ahmet R. Mermut  
    22. Spodic materials
    Eric Van Ranst, Michael A. Wilson and Dominique Righi (†) 
    23. Oxic and related materials
    Vera Marcelino, Carlos E.G.R. Schaefer and Georges Stoops 
    24. Lateritic and bauxitic materials
    Georges Stoops and Vera Marcelino  
    25. Regoliths and soils on volcanic ash
    Georges Stoops, Sergey Sedov and Sergei Shoba  
    26. Anthropogenic features
    W. Paul Adderley, Clare A. Wilson, Ian A. Simpson and Donald A. Davidson 
    27. Archaeological materials
    Richard I. Macphail and Paul Goldberg  
    28. Palaeosoils and relict soils, a conceptual approach
    Nicolas Fedoroff (†), Marie-Agnès Courty and Zhengtang Guo
    29. Palaeosoils and relict soils, a systematic review
    Mauro Cremaschi, Luca Trombino and Andrea Zerboni
    30. Micromorphological features and their relation to processes and classification
    Georges Stoops, Vera Marcelino and Florias Mees


Product details

  • No. of pages: 1000
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: September 17, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444635426
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444635228

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

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  • Danny I. Thu Dec 28 2017

    Interpretation of Micromorphological Features of Soils and Regoliths

    Based on the widely accepted terminology of Stoops (2003), this book is currently the lead textbook on soil micromorphology. The 'General Guidelines and Keys' which are presented in Chapter 2 of the first edition are found to be most useful. Adding a detailed glossary, including the Latin etymology for all technical terms, could greatly improve this book. The second edition of this book will soon be published - this is certainly something to look forward to. As a reader, it is my hope and believe that the second edition will include new developments, insights, and methods in the field of soil micromorphology.