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Regolith Science

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Regolith Science

Edited by:
Keith Scott  
Colin Pain  

Colour illustrations
472 pages
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

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This comprehensive reference on the fundamentals of regolith geoscience describes how regolith is developed from parental rocks and emphasises the importance of chemical, physical, water and biological processes in regolith formation. It provides details for mapping regolith landforms, as well as objective information on applications in mineral exploration and natural resource management. Regolith Science also provides a concise history of weathering through time in Australia. It includes previously unpublished information on elemental abundances in regolith materials along with detailed information on soil degradation processes such as acid sulfate soils.

Written by experts in the field, Regolith Science summarises research carried out over a 13-year period within the Cooperative Research Centre for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration. This book will be a valuable resource for scientists and graduate/postgraduate students in geology, geography and soil science, professionals in the exploration industry and natural resources management.

This paperback edition is a reprint of the original hardback published in October 2008.


  • First book on regolith to include a substantial portion on the influence of biota
  • First book on regolith to include detailed information on soil degradation processes such as acid sulfate soils
  • Concise history of weathering through time in Australia
  • Type examples of weathering profiles for common rock types
  • Previously unpublished information on elemental abundances in regolith materials
  • Practical methods for mineral exploration using regolith materials
  • Practical methods to tackle natural resource management issues

  View a sample from Regolith Science. 

 Regolith Science provides a comprehensive discussion of regolith that, although in an Australian context, is sufficiently broad to have application to surface deposits found on other continents. It would sit well on the bookshelf of university libraries as well as mineral exploration companies.”
Paul Morris, Economic Geology, 2009


 Keith Scott was an Honorary Fellow at CSIRO Exploration and Mining and a Visiting Fellow at RSES, ANU. He studied weathering for 35 years with the aim of developing better methods of geochemical exploration for base metal and Au deposits by understanding the processes involved during weathering.

Colin Pain is a Senior Regolith Geoscientist at Geoscience Australia and Adjunct Associate at the University of Canberra. He is the co-author of a previous book on regolith, soils and landforms. His research over the last decade has emphasised the relationship between landforms and regolith processes, especially as applied to natural resource management.

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