(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2008)

Document title

Soils and their relationship to aspect and vegetation history in the eastern Southern Alps, Canterbury High Country, South Island, New Zealand

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

EGER A. (1) ; HEWITT A. (2) ;
(1) Inst. of Geography, Univ., Leipzig, ALLEMAGNE
(2) Landcare Research NZ, Lincoln, NOUVELLE-ZELANDE


This study focuses on soils in a mountainous catchment area located in the eastern part of the Southern Alps, South Island, New Zealand. The aim was to check the soils for non- or poorly crystalline constituents (metal organic complexes, short-range-order minerals) and if there is a relationship between pedogenesis and aspect and more recent landscape history. The morphology of the soils indicates brown soils with only few signs of podsolisation. In contrast, selected chemical properties of the soils reveal very strong weathering and leaching. The inclusion of these soils into the brown soil order of the New Zealand soil classification is therefore somewhat misleading and does not ideally reflect their soil genesis and chemical properties. It is proposed that the components and the podsolisation features are relicts caused by more acidic conditions under former forest cover which supported a stronger weathering and leaching


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2008, vol. 75, no3 [pp. 297-307]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 10 fig., 4 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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