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Soil Formation pp 325-343 | Cite as

Analysing Complex Situations

Abstract

Soils usually result from several different soil forming processes acting at different intensities. Slight shifts in soil forming factors may cause a shift in the dominant process. This is the reason why most soils have a complex genesis. Major shifts in climate, of course, may competely change soil formation at a specific location. Such shifts are evident in the Holocene of western Europe (e.g. different climates during the Boreal, Atlantic, and Subboreal), but much stronger over a longer period of time: glacials and interglacials, and changes from tropical Tertiary climates to Quaternary cooler ones.

Keywords

Soil Formation Horizon Point Clay Coating Acid Sulphate Soil Clay Mineral Assemblage 
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