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This comprehensive reference on the fundamentals of regolith science 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 It includes previously unpublished information on elemental abundances in regolith materials along with detailed information on soil degradation processes such as in acid sulfate soils.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 Council for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration. This book will be a valuable 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: 9789048180097
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 2/28/2014
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 462

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
Keith M. Scott and Colin F. Pain

2 Regolith through time
Brad Pillans

3 Landscape and regolith
Graham Taylor

4 Regolith mineralogy
Richard A. Eggleton

5 Regolith geochemistry
Kenneth G. McQueen

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

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

8 Regolith and biota
John Field and David Little

9 Regolith geophysics
Tim Munday

10 Regolith and water
Richard G. Cresswell and Paul Shand

11 Regolith description and mapping
Colin F. Pain

12 Soils and natural resource management
Robert W. Fitzpatrick

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

14 Extraterrestrial regolith
Jonathan D.A. Clarke


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