(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2001)

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Evolution of soils on Quaternary reef terraces of Barbados, West Indies

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Soils on uplifted Quaternary reef terraces of barbados, 125,000 to 700,000 yr old, form a climo-chronosequence and show changes in physical, chemical, and mineralogical properties with terrace age. Parent materials are dust derived from the Sahara, volcanic ash from the Lesser Antilles island arc, and detrital carbonate from the underlying reef limestone. Although some terrace soils are probably eroded, soils or their remnants are redder and more clay-rich with increasing terrace age. Comparisons with other tropical islands, show that Barbados soils are less weathered than soils of comparable age. It is concluded that many soil properties in tropical regions can be potentially useful relative-age indicators in Quaternary stratigraphic studies


Article of periodic

published at : Quaternary research / ISSN 0033-5894 / CODEN QRESAV

Editor : Elsevier, San Diego, CA - ETATS-UNIS (1970)

Millesime : 2001, vol. 56, no1 [pp. 66-78]

Bibliographic references : 43 ref.

Collation : Illustration ;



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 15739

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