Soil variations on hillslopes in humid temperate climates

Gerrard, A.J.

Geomorphology 3(3/4): 225-244


ISSN/ISBN: 0169-555X
DOI: 10.1016/0169-555x(90)90005-b
Accession: 001947926

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Soil-landform relationships on the Chalk of southeast England, the granite uplands of Dartmoor and in the Wyre Forest of England were used to examine a number of well-established principles, one of these being that many landscapes possess slopes with easily identifiable toposequences. The hillslopes analysed showed that relationships do exist between soils and landforms but the idea that many slopes are integrated along their entire length is not necessarily true. Individual components of slopes posses soil characteristics that appear to be related to the morphological nature of those components but the slopes, as a whole, do not possess integrated soil systems. Different parts of the slope appeared to act independently. This questions the validity of employing traditional concepts such as that of the catena in soil-landform relationships.