Regolith Science

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Keith Scott, Colin Pain
Csiro Publishing, Aug 18, 2009 - Science - 472 pages
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This comprehensive reference on the fundamentals of regolith geoscience describes how regolith is developed from parental rocks and emphasises the importance of chemical, physical, water and biological processes in regolith formation. It provides details for mapping regolith landforms, as well as objective information on applications in mineral exploration and natural resource management. Regolith Science also provides a concise history of weathering through time in Australia. It includes previously unpublished information on elemental abundances in regolith materials along with detailed information on soil degradation processes such as acid sulfate soils. Written by experts in the field, Regolith Science summarises research carried out over a 13-year period within the Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration. This book will be a valuable resource for scientists and graduate/postgraduate students in geology, geography and soil science, professionals in the exploration industry and natural resources management. This paperback edition is a reprint of the original hardback published in October 2008.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Regolith through time
7
3 Landscape and regolith
31
4 Regolith mineralogy
45
5 Regolith geochemistry
73
6 Rock weathering andstructure of the regolith
105
7 Geomicrobiology ofthe regolith
127
Colour plates
159
10 Regolith and water
251
11 Regolith descriptionand mapping
281
12 Soils and natural resourcemanagement
307
13 Regolith sampling forgeochemical exploration
341
14 Extraterrestrial regolith
377
Glossary ofregolith terms
409
Regolithgeochemistry of elements
433
Index
453

8 Regolith and biota
175
9 Regolith geophysics
219

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