14. Inceptisols: Embryonic Soils with Few Diagnostic Features

  1. S. W. Buol B.S., M.S., Ph.D.1,
  2. R. J. Southard B.S, M.S., Ph.D.2,
  3. R. C. Graham3 and
  4. P. A. McDaniel B.S., M.S., Ph.D.4

Published Online: 5 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470960622.ch14

Soil Genesis and Classification, Sixth Edition

Soil Genesis and Classification, Sixth Edition

How to Cite

Buol, S. W., Southard, R. J., Graham, R. C. and McDaniel, P. A. (2011) Inceptisols: Embryonic Soils with Few Diagnostic Features, in Soil Genesis and Classification, Sixth Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470960622.ch14

Author Information

  1. 1

    North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA

  2. 2

    University of California, Davis, USA

  3. 3

    University of California, Riverside, USA

  4. 4

    University of Idaho, Moscow, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 2 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813807690

Online ISBN: 9780470960622



  • Inceptisols, embryonic soils - with few diagnostic features;
  • Inceptisols, soils that have not developed features - diagnostic, for other orders;
  • Inceptisols, having profile features - weakly expressed, than those of many other soils;
  • pedogenic processes - no single process, operating in all Inceptisols except leaching;
  • hillslope processes of creep, slope wash erosion - and landslides, sporadically active in time and space;
  • uses of Inceptisols - some Inceptisols, sustaining agriculture for centuries;
  • specific problems of management - associated with Sulfaquepts and other soils with sulfuric horizons;
  • classification of Inceptisols - mineral soils, exhibiting profile development;
  • pedogenic concept, and Inceptisols - soils, with subsoil development, the cambic horizon;
  • few pedogenic studies, directed to Inceptisols - opportunities for studying weathered minerals of pedogenic processes


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Setting

  • Pedogenic Processes

  • Uses of Inceptisols

  • Classification of Inceptisols

  • Perspective