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Hydrogeology, Chemical Weathering, and Soil Formation. Edition No. 1. Geophysical Monograph Series

  • ID: 5213986
  • Book
  • April 2021
  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Explores soil as a nexus for water, chemicals, and biologically coupled nutrient cycling

Soil is a narrow but critically important zone on Earth’s surface. It is the interface for water and carbon recycling from above and part of the cycling of sediment and rock from below. 

Hydrogeology, Chemical Weathering, and Soil Formation places chemical weathering and soil formation in its geological, climatological, biological and hydrological perspective.

Volume highlights include:

  • The evolution of soils over 3.25 billion years
  • Basic processes contributing to soil formation
  • How chemical weathering and soil formation relate to water and energy fluxes
  • The role of pedogenesis in geomorphology
  • Relationships between climate soils and biota
  • Soils, aeolian deposits, and crusts as geologic dating tools
  • Impacts of land-use change on soils

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List of Contributors


Part I  Soil Definition

1. Soil as a system: A history

Richard Huggett

Part II  Soil History

2. Soils, chemical weathering, and climate change in Earth history

Steven G. Driese, Lee C. Nordt, and Gary E. Stinchcomb

Part III Soil Formation Processes

3. Soils, vegetation growth and water balance: A theory for Budyko

Allen Hunt

4. Earthworms, plants, and soils

Renée-Claire Le Bayon, Géraldine Bullinger, Andreas Schomburg, Pascal Turberg, Philip Brunner, Rodolphe Schlaepfer, and Claire Guenat

5. Tephra for the trees: Geochemical constraints on weathering and tephra inputs to soils

Claire E. Lukens and Kevin P. Norton

6. The origin and formation of clay minerals in Alpine soils

Markus Egli and Aldo Mirabella

Part IV Application of chemical weathering/soil formation in other disciplines

7. Weathering Rinds as Tools for Constraining Reaction Kinetics and Duration of Weathering at the Clast-scale

Peter B. Sak

8. Unraveling loess records of climate change from the Chinese loess plateau using process-based models

Peter A. Finke, K. N. Arachchige Ranathunga, Ann Verdoot, Yanyan Yu, and Qiuzhen Qin

9. Relations between soil development and landslides

Arnaud J.A.M. Temme

10. Soils in agricultural engineering

Rainer F. Horn and Rattan Lal

Part V  Integrated studies of soils

11. Chemical weathering in the McMurdo dry valleys, Antarctica

W. Berry Lyons, Deborah L. Leslie, and Michael N. Gooseff

12. Carbon and nutrient fluxes within southeastern Piedmont critical zones

Todd C. Rasmussen, Maryam Foroughi, and Daniel Markewitz

13. Is this steady-state? Weathering and critical zone architecture in Gordon Gulch, Colorado Front Range

 Suzanne P. Anderson, Patrick J. Kelly, Noah Hoffman, Katherine Barnhart, Kevin Befus, and William Ouimet

14. Summary, challenges, and ways forward

Allen Hunt, Markus Egli, and Boris Faybishenko

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Allen Hunt
Markus Egli
Boris Faybishenko
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