paleosol

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paleosol

[′pāl·ē·ə‚sȯl]
(geology)
A soil horizon that formed on the surface during the geologic past, that is, an ancient soil. Also known as buried soil; fossil soil.
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Surprisingly, paleosols from the sample areas did not reveal marked differences until they were analyzed using geochemical weathering indices.
Above the paleosols, a 10-15 cm layer of culturally sterile loess separates C1 from a younger series of occupations.
This facies association is formed by limestone interbedded with reddish and greenish siliciclastic mudstone with mottling and carbonate nodules suggesting frequent subaerial exposure and paleosol development (as interpreted for facies associations F and G).
Mudrocks record suspension deposition on the floodplain; blocky textures and roots within these beds record the development of immature hydromorphic paleosols and colonization by vegetation.
The recognized subaerial paleosols textures are recorded along the discrete erosional surfaces which indicate general subsidence and eustatic lake level changes due to rifting mechanism associating the basaltic eruptions of the post Eocene-Oligocene.
Paleosols in clastic sedimentary rocks: their geologic applications.
Evidence in support of this conclusion includes: (1) the siltiness of the sediment, set within an overall sandy landscape, (2) increased silt contents within the upper meter of the sandy soils on nearby geomorphically stable (flat) uplands, and (3) charcoal-rich paleosols in the silt deposits, pointing to discrete episodes of loess deposition interspersed with periods of soil formation.
A new detailed analysis suggests that the rocks where Australian Ediacarans are found are fossilized soils, or paleosols, instead of a seabottom, says Gregory Retallack of the University of Oregon in Eugene.
While the effect of rats on seedling recruitment and forest regeneration was doubtless significant, Hunt and Lipo gloss over the evidence for charcoal influxes into the lake sediment cores, and of burned palm boles in paleosols.
Floodplains and paleosols of Pakistan Neogene and Wyoming Paleogene deposits: a comparative study.
Soils, paleosols, and sand seas are presented before facies models for these deposits are developed.
1989; Nordt 2004), and changes in stable isotope ratios in paleosols (Boutton et al.