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  Information - SSS16 Regolith and soil micromorphology, alteration process and clay minerals: mineralogy and geochemistry

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Regolith, the subsurface mantle of the solid Earth, is one of the most important materials to mankind, covering most of the continents and containing several of the geo-resources utilized by our society. The regolith’s upper part constitutes the soil, which is the habitat and support for life of plants and other organisms (including men), and the system of water supply and purification. Moreover, the regolith records the more recent Earth’s history, thus becoming a significant object of palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic research. The heterogeneity of such complex geological body requires the use of specific research methods, ranging from the optical microscopic and ultramicroscopic techniques towards mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry and isotopic analyses, in order to study the different aspects and potentials of the regolith. The aim of this session is to promote multi-disciplinary researches on soils and weathering mantles. Contributions are solicited from soil scientists, mineralogists and geochemists focused on the chronological and palaeoenvironmental aspects of the regolith study, from the mineralogical and geochemical pathways of alteration, including the practical and applicative aspects.

Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers
Prof. Dr. Georges Stoops (University of Gent - Belgium): Micromorphology, mineralogy and chemistry of a laterite profile on serpentinite in South-East Cameroon.
Prof. Mauro Cremaschi (University of Milano - Italy): Climate and humans in soil genesis since the late Pleistocene. Micromorphological aspects of the Haplic Luvisols, Sols Lessivées a Pseudogley, Aqualfs, in the Ghiardo area (Northern Italy).


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