Anais da Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz
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MOREIRA, E.G.S.; DEMATTE, J.L.I. and MARCONI, A.. Characterization and genesis of a natrustalf from the central region of Ceara state. An. Esc. Super. Agric. Luiz de Queiroz [online]. 1989, vol.46, n.2, pp. 319-341. ISSN 0071-1276. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0071-12761989000200004.
This study was carried out with the objective of obtaining information on the characteristics and genesis of three pedons of a Typic Natrustalf located in the semi arid region of Brazil. These soils are relatively shallow with an abrupt textural change, have a poor drainase and a very developed natric horizon. The surficial horizons are very sandy originated by a reworked material. The natric horizon has a clay content around 25% characterized by a very strong blocky or colunar structure. The clay fraction of these soils is constituted basically bi 2:1 clay minerals like micas, vermiculite and smectite. Some calcium plagioclase and kaolinite does occur. In the coarser fraction occurs minerals like calcite, calcium plagioclase, hornblend and quartz.
Keywords : Natrustalf; Mineralogy.