19. Vertisols: Shrinking and Swelling Dark Clay Soils

  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.ch19

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) Vertisols: Shrinking and Swelling Dark Clay Soils, in Soil Genesis and Classification, Sixth Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470960622.ch19

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

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Keywords:

  • Vertisols - shrinking and swelling of dark clay soils;
  • dark, clayey soils, shrinking and swelling - in continents, except Antarctica;
  • peculiar pedogenic landform - occupied by Vertisols, microtopography called “gilgai”;
  • microclimates and small-scale hydrology - differing, microrelief features of knolls and basins;
  • Vertisols, forming from parent material - neutral to alkaline reaction;
  • grasses and forbs, dominating vegetative cover - on most Vertisols;
  • schematic illustration of “soil mechanics” - of Vertisol development;
  • agronomic uses of Vertisols, varying - climate and suitability of associated soils;
  • classification of Vertisols - relationships among suborders of Vertisols;
  • suborders and great groups - in the Vertisols order

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Setting

  • Pedogenic Processes

  • Uses of Vertisols

  • Classification of Vertisols

  • Perspective