Field recognition of paleosols Geological Society of America Special Papers

@inproceedings{Retallack2012FieldRO,
  title={Field recognition of paleosols Geological Society of America Special Papers},
  author={Greg J. Retallack},
  year={2012}
}
Three main features of paleosols are useful for distinguishing them from enclosing rocks: root traces, soil horizons, and soil structures. Fossil root traces are best preserved in formerly waterlogged paleosols. In oxidized paleosols their organic matter may not be preserved, but root traces can be recognized by their irregular, tubular shape, and by their downward tapering and branching. Often root traces are crushed like a concertina, because of compaction of the surrounding paleosol during… CONTINUE READING