Parent Material

In soil science, parent material is the underlying geological material (generally bedrock or a superficial or drift deposit) in which soil horizons form. Soils typically inherit a great deal of structure and minerals from their parent material, and, as such, are often classified based upon their contents of consolidated or unconsolidated mineral material that has undergone some degree of physical or chemical weathering and the mode by which the materials were most recently transported.

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Parent Material - Climate and Weathering
... wedge rocks upward in the soil, and heave and churn soil material ... Parent material becomes hydrolyzed by the acidic solution to produce minerals and to release cations ...
Soil Forming Factors - Parent Material - Weathering of Parent Material
... The weathering of parent material takes the form of physical disintegrating and chemical decomposition and transformation ... is the first stage in the transformation of parent material into soil ... of absorbed water causes the physical splitting of material along a path toward the center of the rock, while temperature gradients within the rock can cause exfoliation ...
Podzol
... It is formed under moist, cool and acidic conditions, especially where the parent material, such as granite or sandstone, is rich in quartz ... It is found under a layer of organic material in the process of decomposition, which is usually 5-10 cm thick ... the part of the soil that is mainly not affected by processes that is the parent material ...

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