8. Desert Crusts and Rock Coatings

  1. David S. G. Thomas
  1. David J. Nash

Published Online: 13 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470710777.ch8

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

Nash, D. J. (2011) Desert Crusts and Rock Coatings, 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.ch8

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 Environment and Technology, University of Brighton, Brighton BN2 4GJ, UK

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 crusts and rock coatings;
  • desert crusts, with variable geomorphological influence;
  • majority of desert crusts - products of specific arid zone hydrological or pedological processes;
  • abandoned sodium nitrate workings - in Atacama Desert;
  • Halite (NaCl) deposits, in sabkhas - or in basins of ephemeral lakes;
  • gypsum crust formation - via pedogenic and nonpedogenic pathways;
  • stages in morphogenetic sequence of carbonate deposition - during calcrete formation;
  • micromorphological classification of silcrete;
  • geomorphological classification of silcrete;
  • desert crusts, and rock coatings - value, as palaeoenvironmental indicators

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Sodium nitrate deposits

  • Halite crusts

  • Gypsum crusts

  • Calcrete

  • Silcrete

  • Desert rock coatings

  • Palaeoenvironmental significance of crusts

  • References