(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Paleo-pedological record of the Rocourt pedosequence at Veldwezelt–Hezerwater (Belgian Pleistocene loess belt): Part 2 — Soil formation

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

VANCAMPENHOUT K. (1 2) ; LANGOHR R. (3) ; SLAETS J. (4) ; BUURMAN P. (5) ; SWENNEN R. (2) ; DECKERS J. (2) ;
(1) Cluster for Bioengineering Technology, Dept. of Microbial and Molecular Systems, KU, Leuven, BELGIQUE
(2) Dep. of Earth and Environmental Science, K.U., Leuven, BELGIQUE
(3) Dep. of Geology and Soil Science, Univ., Ghent, BELGIQUE
(4) Inst. of Plant Production and Agroecology in the Tropics and Subtropics, Univ. of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, ALLEMAGNE
(5) Earth System Science, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Univ., Wageningen, PAYS-BAS


The aim of this paper is to establish a detailed paleopedological record of soil forming processes at Veldwezelt-Hezerwater, in order to contribute to a better understanding of Eemian and early-Weichselian soil formation and to evaluate contrasting hypotheses on the formation of the Rocourt pedosequence. Based on soil micromorphological features, total element contents, iron fractions and carbon content a reconstruction was made of the polygenetic formation of the Rocourt soil. Results indicate that only by combining multiple soil features, consistent information could be obtained. Furthermore, this study shows that cryogenic processes, transport of colloids, iron dynamics, redox-conditions, organic matter formation and biological activity were major soil forming processes. The hypothesis of 6 major stages of soil formation under varying climatic conditions was most supported by the data.


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

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

Millesime : 2013, vol. 110 [pp. 8-23]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 7 fig., 3 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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