(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Sources of spatial complexity in two coastal plain soil landscapes

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, ETATS-UNIS


The problem is approached at 2 study sites in Pitt County, North Carolina on the the U.S. Atlantic Coastal Plain using algebraic graph theory and the spectral radius of the soil adjacency matrix as a measure of complexity. The matrix is constructed based on the observed spatial contiguity of soil taxa, and soil factor sequences (SFS) are defined for each site based on systematic soil variation associated with variations in parent material, topography, sandy surface thicknesses, and secondary podzolization. The spectral radii of the networks described by the adjacency graphs are compared to those associated with the maximum for a graph of the same size, and the maximum associated with control entirely by variations in soil forming factors. Greater complexity of the adjacency matrix at partly forested site (Littlefield) vs. cropland site (Clayroot) is highlighted


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

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

Millesime : 2013, vol. 111 [pp. 98-103]

Bibliographic references : 52 ref.

Collation : 3 fig., 4 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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