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These would be useful concepts to be worked into the article:
Pedolith: upper part of the regolith, above the pedoplasmic front, that has been subjected to soil forming processes resulting in the loss of the fabric of the parent material and the development of new fabrics, including secondary structures such as pisoliths. The podolith may develop from residuum, i.e. from saprolite, saprock or bedrock, or from transported overburden.
Pedoplasmation (aka pedoplasmic) front: transformation front at which the lithic fabric is destroyed, although commonly with little chemical reworking (pedoplasmation). It forms the boundary between the saprolite (or saprolith) and pedolith in deeply weathered profiles.
source: Butt, C.R.M.; Zeegers, H. (1992). Regolith Exploration Geochemistry in Tropical and Subtropical Terrains. Elsevier N.V., Amsterdam. ISBN-10: 0-444-89095-5.Cite uses deprecated parameters (help). The terms are not familiar to me as a soil scientist (they may be to other soil scientists, though) but the concepts are. The use of the terms fabric and plasma are on the increase in scholarly articles about soil. -- Paleorthid 17:33, 2 November 2006 (UTC)
Isn't pedogenesis used for describing the situation where those who haven't yet reached sexual maturity are reproducing? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Cow2001 (talk • contribs) 11:59, 10 March 2007 (UTC).
Oy! No, I meant "haven't yet reached maturity". Of course they've reached sexual maturity as they can make ofsprings. Am I right? cow_2001 12:01, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
No, they can reproduce without reaching sexual maturity. Exigent nutrients in the soil newly formed from rocks account for why they do not develop into adults; nature finds a way around this problem to ensure that the organisms reproduce anyhow. But this is of marginal importance: someone with real expertise in this area, which would include students of C14 dating, should help out. As an amateur interested in the Neolithic I've run into the subject, but it seems to be very scantly understood (including by me).helio 00:06, 26 October 2011 (UTC)