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[As emphasized by W. Kubiëna, “… there exists no other method capable of revealing the nature and complexity of soil polygenesis in so much detail as thin-section micromorphology and at the same time enabling one to follow and explain its formation...”. This sentence, cited by Fedoroff (1971),...
[Kubiëna (1938) was the first to introduce the concept of fabric in soil micromorphology, so this term has been used in soil micromorphology for a long time. The term “fabric” was initially applied to rocks by geologists and petrologists. This type of fabric is defined as the “factor of the...
[Mineral and organic constituentsOrganic matter belong to the basic components observed in soil thin sections. They can appear, for instance, as large rock fragments, or single minerals as sand grains; they can constitute large areas of micromassMicromass formed by clay mineralsClayminerals or...
[From a historical point of view, soil micromorphology was first used in order to decipher the expressions of pedogenic processes at the microscale (Kubiëna 1938). In the preceding chapters, the Atlas listed a series of descriptive tools to help with the identification of objects. This chapter...
[As stipulated by G. Stoops, “the aim of micropedology is to contribute to solving problems related to the genesis, classification and management of soils, including soil characterization in palaeopedology and archaeology. The interpretation of features observed in thin sections is the most...
[The advancement of technology opens up new opportunities to soil micromorphology. Although a description using an optical microscope of the fabric and the various constituents of soils will be always necessary to investigate soil evolution, the uncovered thin section leaves soil material on...
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