By D.K. Pal

This publication discusses how you can practice the elemental rules of pedology to the tropical soils of the Indian subcontinent, with an emphasis on how you can increase crop productivity.

The booklet showcases the study contributions on pedology, geomorphology, mineralogy, micromorphology and weather swap accumulated from the literature on 3 significant soil kinds: shrink-swell soils, pink ferruginous (RF) soils and the soils that happen within the tropical environments of the Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP). It additionally presents insights into a number of elements of 5 pedogenetically very important soil orders like Alfisols, Mollisols, Ultisols, Vertisols and Inceptisols present in tropical Indian environments.

Documenting the importance of minerals in soils and their total effect in soil technological know-how by way of pedology, paleopedology, polygenesis and edaphology, it presents an information base that's serious whilst trying to bridge the space among nutrients construction and inhabitants progress.

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2001, 2009a, b), even when the soils have almost identical COLE values and comparable amounts of expansible clays (Pal et al. 2006a, 2009a). The swelling of smectites in these soils, however, has been restricted neither by the presence of CaCO3 and calcite crystals, nor by the decrease in smectite interlayer surface area by partial hydroxy-interlayering (Pal et al. 2009a). It is interesting to note that the saturated hydraulic conductivity (sHC) of all Vertisols is not identical but decreases rapidly with depth.

5 Recent Advances in Pedogenic Processes in Vertisols Although an extensive research on Vertisols of the Indian sub-continent was made in the past (Murthy et al. 1982; Murthy 1988), during the last decade and a half, the focus of Vertisol research has changed qualitatively (Pal et al. 2012a). Mineralogical, micro-morphological and age-control tools were used to measure the relatively subtle pedogenetic processes in Vertisols that have implications to their polygenesis (Pal et al. 2009a, b, c, 2012a, b, c), paleopedology (Pal et al.

X-ray diffraction analysis of large numbers of smectite dominated fine clays of Indian shrink–swell soils (Pal 2003) indicates the presence of small to moderate amounts of hydroxy-interlayer (HI) material in the smectite interlayers, alongside a small amount of vermiculite. Both hydroxy-interlayers and vermiculite are not easily detected in the glycolation samples but are discernible during gradual heating from 110 to 550 °C of the K-saturated samples. 0-nm peak at 550 °C (Wildman et al. 1968; Fig.

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