Modeling water and chemical fluxes as driving forces of pedogenesis.

R.J. Wagenet, J.L. Hutson, J. Bouma

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Interest in the soil forming process, much of which depends on water and chemical transfer, has existed since it was first recognized that soil processes play a key role in the survival of civilization. Conceptual models of soil formation have been developed as a framework within which characterization and taxonomic separation have been accomplished. This chapter aims to place the models and methods into a hierarchial classification that separates them by temporal and spatial scale of application to issues of pedogenesis. Processes that lead to soil formation are a combination of weathering reactions and biological activity on a particular parent material, under given climatic and anthropogenic circumstances, with the products redistributed through the soil profile by water. The driving forces of water flow and chemical transport expressed in rate models allow pedologists of all sorts to cooperate in studies related to the understanding, integration, and extrapolation of the dynamic processes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQuantitative modeling of soil forming processes
EditorsR.B. Bryant, R.W. Arnold
Place of PublicationMadison, USA
ISBN (Electronic)9780891189343
ISBN (Print)9780891188148
Publication statusPublished - 1994

Publication series

NameSSSA Special Publications
PublisherASA, CSSA, SSSA Books
ISSN (Electronic)2165-9826


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