7. Desert Soils

  1. David S. G. Thomas
  1. David L. Dunkerley

Published Online: 13 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470710777.ch7

Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition

Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition

How to Cite

Dunkerley, D. L. (2011) Desert Soils, in Arid Zone Geomorphology: Process, Form and Change in Drylands, Third Edition (ed D. S. G. Thomas), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470710777.ch7

Editor Information

  1. School of Geography and Environment, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK

Author Information

  1. School of Geography and Environmental Science, Clayton Campus, Monash University, Victoria 3800, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 25 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470519080

Online ISBN: 9780470710777

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Keywords:

  • desert soils;
  • nutrient status, or desert soil cropping potential;
  • drylands, and soil infiltrability - locally, very low;
  • marked differences in hydrologic role of soils - in drylands and in humid zones;
  • dryland soil surfaces, properties - different from deeper subsurface, raindrop energy having no effects;
  • major soil orders - of arid and semi-arid regions;
  • rock and soil nich classification - inhabited by desert microorganisms;
  • biological soil crusts' effects - on infiltration and overland flow;
  • behaviour and environments of BSCs - on north- and south-facing dune flanks in Hallamish dune field, Israel;
  • spatial heterogeneity of desert soils

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: the nature and significance of desert soils

  • Taxonomy of desert soils

  • Some distinctive aspects of desert soil development

  • Stone-mantled surfaces and desert pavements

  • Inorganic seals at the soil surface

  • Vesicular soil structures

  • Conclusions

  • References