Encyclopedia of Soil Science

2008 Edition
| Editors: Ward Chesworth

Rubifaction or Rubefaction

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-3995-9_493

The reddening of soil or rock caused by the release of iron during weathering, its oxidation to the ferric state, and its precipitation as a hydroxy phase (commonly ferrihydrite, at least initially). The process is typical of the tropics and adjacent parts of the sub-tropics (Pedro, 1968).


  1. Pedro, G., 1968. Distribution des principaux types d'altération chimiques a la surface du Globe – présentation d'une esquisse géographique. Rev. Géol. Phys. Géol. Dyn., 10: 457–470. Google Scholar

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