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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

Numerical Analysis of a Chronosequence, Including the Development of a Chronofunction1


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  1. Vol. 45 No. 3, p. 558-563
    Received: Aug 5, 1980
    Accepted: Dec 23, 1980

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  1. M. W. Sondheim,
  2. G. A. Singleton and
  3. L. M. Lavkulich2



Multivariate techniques were applied to 11 chemical and physical properties of soil samples collected along a prograded beach chronosequence, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The samples were taken from three horizons at each of seven sites. The 21 samples were considered as independent observations. Application of principal component analysis with a normal varimax rotation gave highly interpretable results. The first component was readily identified with podzolic pedogenic processes, whereas the second component appeared to relate closely to sea spray input. A nonlinear optimization procedure was used to fit the first principal component to an empirical equation incorporating a logistic term for time and an exponential term for depth. A correlation coefficient value of 0.99 was obtained. The notion of a pedogenic damping depth analagous to a thermal damping depth is suggested.

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