Chapter 4. Silcrete

  1. David J. Nash and
  2. Sue J. McLaren
  1. David J. Nash and
  2. J. Stewart Ullyott

Published Online: 13 MAY 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470712917.ch4

Geochemical Sediments and Landscapes

Geochemical Sediments and Landscapes

How to Cite

J. Nash, D. and Ullyott, J. S. (2007) Silcrete, in Geochemical Sediments and Landscapes (eds D. J. Nash and S. J. McLaren), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470712917.ch4

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405125192

Online ISBN: 9780470712917



  • silcrete;
  • near-surface processes;
  • weathered material;
  • indurated mass;
  • brittle masses


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction: Nature and General Characteristics

  • Distribution, Field Occurrence and Geomorphological Relations

  • Macromorphological Characteristics

  • Mineralogy and Chemistry

  • Micromorphological Characteristics

  • Silica Sources, Transfers and Precipitation Mechanisms

  • Models of Silcrete Formation

  • Palaeoenvironmental Significance

  • Relationships to other Terrestrial Geochemical Sediments

  • Directions for Future Research

  • Acknowledgements

  • References