(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Characteristics of the fifth paleosol complex (S5) in the southernmost part of the Chinese Loess Plateau and its paleo-environmental significance

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HUANG C.-Q. (1 2) ; TAN W.-F. (1 2) ; WANG M.-K. (3) ; KOOPAL L.K. (4) ;
(1) State Key Lab. of Soil Erosion and Dry Land Farming on the Loess Plateau, Inst. of Soil and Water Conservation, CAS and Ministry of Water Resources, Yangling, CHINE
(2) Key Lab. of Arable Land Conservation (Middle and Lower reaches of Yangtze River), Ministry of Agriculture, Huazhong Agricultural Univ., Wuhan, CHINE
(3) Fujian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Fuzhou, CHINE
(4) Lab. of Physical Chemistry and Colloid Science, Univ., Wageningen, PAYS-BAS


To provide more insight in the formation of S5 and its environmental significance, the pedogenesis and clay mineral transformation in the the fifth paleosol complex (S5) of the Wugong section (Shaanxi Province) on the southernmost Chinese Loess Plateau (CLP) are analyzed. S5, here, is essentially composed of 3 well-developed reddish pedons which signify three glacial–interglacial climatic fluctuations during its formation. Moreover, completely decalcification and clay transformation and translocation occur in the S5. However, chemical alteration of phyllosilicate minerals mainly is weak. Mineral weathering is restrained by calcic horizon, argillic horizon, flat terrain. Therefore, pedogenesis in a loess–paleosol sequence and its pedogenic environment can best be deduced from combined data on pedogenic properties, and geochemical and mineralogical characteristics


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

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

Millesime : 2014, no122 [pp. 130-139]

Bibliographic references : 39 ref.

Collation : 5 fig., 3 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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