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Describes the main types of ancient soil, procedures for their recognition and study, their classification and, most significantly, a wide range of examples of their use in paleoenvironmental reconstruction.
Preface to the second edition. Preface to the First Edition. Acknowledgments. Part 1: Soils and Palesols. 1. Paleopedology. 2. Soils and under the landscape. 3. Feature of Fossil Soils. 4. Soil-Forming processes. 5. Soil Classification. 6. Mapping and Naming Palesols. 7. Alteration of Paleosols after burial. Part 2: Factors in soil formation. 8. Models of Soil Formation. 9. Climate. Organisms. 11. Topographic relief as a factor. 12. Parent Material as a factor. 13. Time as a Factor. PART 3: Fossil record of Soils. 14. A long-term natural experiment in pedogenesis. 15. Soils of other worlds. 16. Earth's earliest landscapes. 17. Earl life on land. 18. Large plants and animals o land. 19. Afforestation of the Land. 20. Grasses in Dry continental Interiors. 21. Human Impact on Landscapes. Glossary. References. Index.
With its wide sweep of ideas, should be read by all interested in soils and processes that shape them. Times Higher Education Supplement "This is certainly a book for the library shelves of any Earth science or geography department, and certainly a thought-provoking read for any student of Earth history or environmental change." John Conway, The Holocene, April 2002