Morphological soil description for classifying soils and interpteting their genesis

М. I. Gerasimova, and N. B. Khitrov

Dokuchaev Soil Science Institute, Pyzhevskiy per. 7, Moscow 119017, Russia

Morphological description of the soil profile must provide further hierarchical morphogenetic analysis and adequate diagnostic and classification of soil in any substantive-genetic taxonomic system. In a brief taxonomy-oriented description, priority should be given to soil properties having diagnostic significance; they may be different for different horizons, and those discriminating similar horizons should receive special attention. It is proposed to compile an updated field handbook for soil morphological description, supporting the recent classification system of soils of Russia.

Key words: classification system of soils of Russia, brief and comprehensive field description, horizons’ identification, diagnostic significance of soil properties.

DOI: 10.19047/0136-1694-2016-86-8-16

For citation: Gerasimova М.I., and Khitrov N.B. Morphological soil description for classifying soils and interpteting their genesis, Byulleten Pochvennogo instituta im. V.V. Dokuchaeva, 2016, Vol. 86, pp. 8-16. doi: 10.19047/0136-1694-2016-86-8-16


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