Microstructure and Weathering Processes Within Biological Soil Crusts

  • Ferran Garcia-PichelEmail author
  • Vincent John Martin Noah Linus Felde
  • Sylvie Laureen Drahorad
  • Bettina Weber
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 226)


Biological soil crusts (biocrusts) are organo-sedimentary systems in which both the organic and the inorganic mineral components play dynamic roles in determining the architecture and evolution of the system, as they interact between themselves and with the physical environment. We review critically advances in the description of the microstructure of biocrusts with respect to their abiotic and biological components, as well as the interactions between the two in time and space that result in important properties of environmental relevance. We pay special attention to the processes of crust biological and physical succession and to mineral weathering processes.


Soil Crust Biological Soil Crust Tengger Desert Moss Crust Cyanobacterial Crust 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ferran Garcia-Pichel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vincent John Martin Noah Linus Felde
    • 2
    • 3
  • Sylvie Laureen Drahorad
    • 2
  • Bettina Weber
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Life SciencesArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Soil Science and Soil Conservation, Research Centre for Biosystems, Land Use and Nutrition (IFZ)Justus Liebig University GiessenGiessenGermany
  3. 3.Department of Soil ScienceUniversity of KasselWitzenhausenGermany
  4. 4.Multiphase Chemistry DepartmentMax Planck Institute for ChemistryMainzGermany

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