Chapter 3. Laterite and Ferricrete

  1. David J. Nash and
  2. Sue J. McLaren
  1. Mike Widdowson

Published Online: 13 MAY 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470712917.ch3

Geochemical Sediments and Landscapes

Geochemical Sediments and Landscapes

How to Cite

Widdowson, M. (2007) Laterite and Ferricrete, in Geochemical Sediments and Landscapes (eds D. J. Nash and S. J. McLaren), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470712917.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 MAY 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405125192

Online ISBN: 9780470712917



  • laterite and ferricrete;
  • subaerial weathering products;
  • sub-tropical climates;
  • substrate interface;
  • metasomatic rock materials


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • Distribution, Field Occurrence and Geomorphological Relations

  • Laterite and Ferricrete at the Profile Scale

  • Mechanisms of Formation

  • Mineralogy and Chemistry

  • Micromorphological Characteristics

  • Dating and Palaeoenvironmental Significance of Lateritic Weathering Profiles

  • Relationship to other Terrestrial Geochemical Sediments

  • Directions for Future Research

  • References