For the past 200 years, geological scientists have used the present as a key to unlocking the past. This volume continues the tradition by exploring the processes of weathering and soil formation as indicators of the present environment of the Earth's land surface. Examined are the various ways in which this information can be used to interpret past environments which have produced the soils now preserved as paleosols. Because the surface environment of the earth may now be undergoing rapid change (the greenhouse effect), the book is a timely one for those researchers looking for evidence of analogous changes in the Earth's past. The work is divided into three major sections. The first deals with fundamental considerations of weathering, clay mineralogy and diagenesis. The second deals with the formation of soils from various starting materials and in various surficial environments. And the final section is an interpretation of paleosols. This volume provides valuable reading material for graduate and senior-undergraduate courses.
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- 3rd April 1992
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@qu:The purpose of bridging the interface between pedology and geology has been largely achieved by this book. @source:Sedimentary Geology @qu:As a conclusion I would say that this book is not a classical soil science text book and that is one of its qualities. Emphasizing some aspects of soil science that are generally weakly covered will be certainly attractive for soil scientists but also fo geologists and geomorphologists. @source:Geoderma @qu:The reader of this review will, I hope, have gained the idea that this book is actually exciting to read. You can pick it up for a few minutes, a few hours, read it in bed, take it on holiday, and profit every time you open it. I commend it to you. @source:Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology @qu:...this is certainly a valuable reference work and is worthy of consultation by all broad-minded geoscientists for the range and quality of material it provides. @source:Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
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