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Modelling Bulk Density According to Structure Development: Toward an Indicator of Microstructure Development in Ferralsols.

Abstract

Ferralsols have a ferralic horizon at some depth between 30 and 200 cm that results from long and intense weathering. Their clay fraction is usually mainly low-activity clay consisting of kaolinite with hematite, goethite and gibbsite in different proportions. Ferralsols show little or no horizonation, and their macrostructure is absent to moderate. On the other hand, they have typically a strong microstructure consisting of microaggregates < 1 mm in size. Because of the lack or small development of macrostructure, porosity of Ferralsols is closely related to the development of microstructure and the assemblage of elementary particles within the microaggregates with a small contribution of large pores resulting from root development and macrofaunal activity. Their physical properties are then closely related to the development of this microstructure. However, there is still no model in the literature that predicts changes of microstructure of these soils using easily accessible soil properties when land-use is modified. The objective of this work was to relate microstructure development to the bulk density (Db) in Ferralsols and then to make possible the use of Db as an indicator of microstructure development.
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hal-00079678 , version 1 (13-06-2006)

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Ary Bruand, Luíz Carlos Balbino, Nathalie Volland-Tuduri, Isabelle Cousin, Adriana Reatto-Braga, et al.. Modelling Bulk Density According to Structure Development: Toward an Indicator of Microstructure Development in Ferralsols.. 18th World Congress of Soil Science, 2006, Philadelphie, United States. ⟨hal-00079678⟩
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