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Melanization

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The development of a dark, usually brownish color in a soil as a consequence of the incorporation of organic matter. A significant soil-forming process in the formation of mollic surface horizons in soils of the grasslands: Chernozems, Kastanozems, and Phaeozems; and of umbric surface horizons, for example in Umbrisols.

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  • Bockheim, J.G., and Gennadiyev, A.N., 2000. The role of soil-forming processes in the definition of taxa in Soil Taxonomy and the World Soil Reference Base. Geoderma. 95: 53–72.

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(2008). Melanization. In: Chesworth, W. (eds) Encyclopedia of Soil Science. Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-3995-9_349

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