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Overview

"This comprehensive reference on the fundamentals of regolith geoscience describes how regolith is developed from parental rocks and emphasises the importance of chemical, physical, water and biological processes in regolith formation. It provides details for mapping regolith landforms, as well as objective information on applications in mineral exploration and natural resource management. Regolith Science also provides a concise history of weathering through time in Australia. It includes previously unpublished information on elemental abundances in regolith materials along with detailed information on soil degradation processes such as in acid sulfate soils." Written by experts in the field, Regolith Science summarises research carried out over a 13-year period within the Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration. This book will be a resource for scientists and graduate/postgraduate students in geology, geography and soil science, and for professionals in the exploration industry and natural resources management.
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"The book will be of enormous assistance to those of us who need to know regolith science, or, dare I say, geology, to unravel the subtle geochemical and geophysical anomalies in our data sets. ... All in all this is a well-written book with a wealth of up to date information - personal experience with it suggests it needs to be read a few times to absorb all within it. It is a must purchase for AIG members who intend to remain at the coal face of modern mineral exploration - field work."
(L. Hissink, AIG News, No. 95, February 2009, p.27)

"Regolith science provides a comprehensive discussion of regolith ... It would well sit on the bookshelf of university libraries as well as mineral exploration companies."
(Paul Morris, Economic Geology, Vol. 104, 2009, p. 598)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402088599
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction Keith M. Scott Scott, Keith M. Colin F. Pain Pain, Colin F. 1

2 Regolith through time Brad Pillans Pillans, Brad 7

3 Landscape and regolith Graham Taylor Taylor, Graham 31

4 Regolith mineralogy Richard A. Eggleton Eggleton, Richard A. 45

5 Regolith geochemistry Kenneth G. McQueen McQueen, Kenneth G. 73

6 Rock weathering and structure of the regolith Kenneth G. McQueen McQueen, Kenneth G. Keith M. Scott Scott, Keith M. 105

7 Geomicrobiology of the regolith Frank Reith Reith, Frank Mira Durr Durr, Mira Susan Welch Welch, Susan Stephen L. Rogers Rogers, Stephen L. 127

├ĄColour plates 159

8 Regolith and biota John Field Field, John David Little Little, David 175

9 Regolith geophysics Tim Munday Munday, Tim 219

10 Regolith and water Richard G. Cresswell Cresswell, Richard G. Paul Shand Shand, Paul 251

11 Regolith description and mapping Colin F. Pain Pain, Colin F. 281

12 Soils and natural resource management Robert W. Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick, Robert W. 307

13 Regolith sampling for geochemical exploration Charles R. M. Butt Butt, Charles R. M. Keith M. Scott Scott, Keith M. Matthias Cornelius Cornelius, Matthias Ian D. M. Robertson Robertson, Ian D. M. 341

14 Extraterrestrial regolith Jonathan D. A. Clarke Clarke, Jonathan D. A. 377

App. 1 Glossary of regolith terms Richard A. Eggleton Eggleton, Richard A. Colin F. Pain Pain, Colin F. Keith M. Scott Scott, Keith M. 409

App. 2 Regolith geochemistry of elements Keith M. Scott Scott, Keith M. 433

Index 453

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