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Deals with qualitative and quantitative aspects of soil formation and the underlying chemical, biological and physical processes.
Part A Introduction: why soil genesis?. Part B Basic processes: soil physical processes; soil chemical processes; biological processes in soils. Part C Soil profile development: studying soil profiles; organic surface horizons; hydromorphic soils; textural differentiation; formation of calcic, gypsiferous and saline soils; formation of vertisols; podzolization; formation of andisols; ferralitization; dense and cemented horizons - fragipan and duripan and tepetate; analysing genetically complex situations. Appendices: FAO horizon codes; formulas and atomic weights; typical analyses used in the study of pedogenesis.