Soils of the Past: An Introduction to Paleopedology
A student-friendly textbook that describes ancient soils, how they may be identified, and their use in paleoenvironmental reconstruction
Ancient soils contain vital mineralogical, geochemical, textural, and paleontological information about the continental environments in which they formed. Advances in isotope geochemistry and sequence-stratigraphic models allow evermore detailed reconstructions of environmental change from paleosols, and new insights into such diverse topics as atmospheric chemistry, global change, paleoecology, geobiology and mass extinction. This book educates readers about the field of paleopedology and how it remains a key area of investigation for geologists and environmental scientists seeking to learn about, and reconstruct, the condition and evolution of paleoenvironments.
Presented in three sections—Soils and Palesols; Factors in Soil Formation; and Fossil Record of Soils—Soils of the Past: An Introduction to Paleopedology describes the main types of ancient soil, procedures for identifying and studying them, their classification and, most significantly, a wide array of examples of how paleosols have been used for paleoenvironmental reconstruction. The book is an excellent reflection of the current state of knowledge and can be widely adopted over many disciplines.
Soils of the Past, 3rd Edition is written for advanced undergraduates studying paleopedology as part of a degree in geology, environmental science, or physical geography, and for interested professional earth scientists.
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Soils and paleosols
Soils on and under the landscape
Features of fossil soils
Mapping and naming paleosols
Alteration of paleosols after burial
Factors in soil formation
Parent material as a factor
Fossil record of soils 14 A longterm natural experiment in pedogenesis 259 15 Soils of other worlds 263 Soils of the Moon 264 Soils of Venus 269 S...
Afforestation of the land
Grasses in dry continental interiors
Human impact on landscapes
Topographic relief as a factor