noun \pi-ˈdä-lə-jē, pe-\

Definition of PEDOLOGY

ped·o·log·i·cal \ˌpe-də-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ also ped·o·log·ic \-jik\ adjective
pe·dol·o·gist \pi-ˈdä-lə-jist, pe-\ noun

Origin of PEDOLOGY

Greek pedon + International Scientific Vocabulary -logy
First Known Use: 1900


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

A branch of soil science focusing on the formation, morphology, and classification of soils as bodies within the natural landscape. Pedology seeks to understand how the properties and distribution patterns of soils worldwide (collectively called the pedosphere) have developed along with broader landforms, biogeochemical environments, and habitats of living organisms. Through their understanding of the causes and magnitudes of soil variations, pedologists help to broaden knowledge of the surface of the Earth.


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