Vol 8 No 2 (2018)
Issue Description

Letter from the Editor-In-Chief

It is a pleasure to present the second issue of the eighth volume of the Spanish Journal of Soil Science. It contains articles derived from the 15th International Conference on Soil Micromorphology held in Mexico in November-December 2016, with Héctor V. Cabadas Báez and Peter Kühn as guest editors.

Soil micromorphology is a technique applicable to all the disciplines of soil science, but is indeed essential in soil genesis and geoarchaeology. Lately, in the context of global change, there is a growing interest in knowing, on the one hand, the paleoenvironments that caused morphologies and specific microfeatures in soils; and on the other the behavior and characteristics of soils with an increasingly anthropic influence. This special issue includes articles dealing with both topics, with an emphasis on micromorphology of anthropic soils and technosols, which will contribute to considerably increase their micromorphological references.

This special issue is dedicated to Georges Stoops, micromorphologist and Professor Emeritus of the University of Ghent (Belgium), on the occasion of his 80th anniversary. It is not an exaggeration to say that it is not possible to understand the current achievements of soil micromorphology without his contribution and leadership. This special issue is a tribute to his intense and decisive activity in this field, and expresses our gratitude for continuing to be active in research and teaching. Happy Birthday, Professor!

As always, on behalf of the editorial team, we thank the authors for sending the manuscripts, the guest editors for their rigor in the selection and review of manuscripts, the referees for the quality of their reviews, and the team Universia for its professionalism.


Rosa M. Poch

Genesis, morphology and micromorphology of soils

Tamara Cruz-y-Cruz, Guadalupe Sánchez-Miranda, John Carpenter, Alejandro Terrazas-Mata, Sergey Sedov, Elizabeth Solleiro-Rebolledo, Martha Elena Benavente-Sanvicente
Pleistocene paleosols associated with megafauna in Northwestern Mexico: Paleoecological inferences
Françoise Watteau, Hermine Huot, Geoffroy Séré, Jean Claude Begin, Frederic Rees, Christophe Schwartz, Jean Louis Morel
Micropedology to reveal pedogenetic processes in Technosols
Marina Lebedeva, Maria Konyushkova, Sergey Khokhlov
Monitoring of micromorphological changes in a virgin Solonetz under regional changes in hydrology and climate (Northern Caspian Lowland, Russia)
Victor Petrovich Belobrov, M. P. Lebedeva, K. N. Abrosimov, A. M. Grebennikov, E. L. Torochkov, A. I. Ryashko
Microdiagnostics of initial pedogenesis on a phosphogypsum dump
Berenice Solis Castillo, Gerardo Bocco
Terraces and landscape in Mixteca Alta, Oaxaca, Mexico: Micromorphological indicators
Filipe Behrends Kraemer, Héctor José María Morrás
Macroporosity of a Typic Argiudoll with different cropping intensity under no-tillage
Svetlana Khamnueva, Andreas Mieth, Stefan Dreibrodt, W. A. Out, M. Madella, Hans-Rudolf Bork
Interpretation of prehistoric reddish pit fillings on Easter Island: A micromorphological perspective
Maria Yazmin Rivera Uria, Francisco Robert Alexander Ziegler-Rivera, Jaime Díaz-Ortega, Blanca Prado-Pano, Francisco Martín Romero
Effect of an acid mine spill on soils in Sonora River Basin: Micromorphological indicators
Georgina Ibarra Arzave, Elizabeth Solleiro-Rebolledo, Emmanuel Ayala, Héctor Cabadas, Rafael López-Martínez
Pedosedimentary records of Holocene paleoenvironments in a dryland alluvial fan system in Sonora, NW-Mexico