Mineralogy of parent rock and peaty-podzolic soil of Iremel Ridge, Southern Urals

R. M. Khalitov, E. N. Perova, E. V. Abakumov, R. R. Suleimanov

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The mineralogy of soils and parent rocks of the Iremel Ridge has been studied by the methods of micromorphology, laser diffraction, computed X-ray microtomography, and X-ray fluorescence analysis. In hard rock and soil, the major minerals have been identified: quartz, illite, and a chlorite-group mineral (Fe analogue of sudoite), as well as accessory minerals: monazite, xenotime, rutile, zircon, and florencite. It has been found that chlorite, illite, and quartz are present in all horizons of the studied peaty-podzolic soil. Insignificant amounts of mixed-layered mineral and kaolinite could be suggested in the T and EL horizons of peaty-podzolic soil. The mixed-layered mineral is most probably of soil origin, which is related to the transformation of illites inherited from the parent rock under acidic conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)961-970
Number of pages10
JournalEurasian Soil Science
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2017

Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Earth-Surface Processes


  • clay minerals
  • Histic Retisol
  • soil mineralogy and micromorphology


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