Definition of palaeosol in English:

palaeosol

(US paleosol)

noun

Geology
  • A stratum or soil horizon which was formed as a soil in a past geological age.

    • ‘It may be argued that this approach is compromised by climatic differences noted here between palaeosols and surface soils.’
    • ‘Uniformitarians believe that paleosols (ancient soil horizons) are common throughout the stratigraphic record.’
    • ‘Mottling is present within the upper and lower horizons of the palaeosols.’
    • ‘These are not features of modern soil formation because these palaeosols were on steep slopes and excavated to improve exposure.’
    • ‘Above these sedimentary rocks is a sequence of interbedded alluvial floodplain deposits and palaeosols.’

Pronunciation

palaeosol

/ˈpalɪə(ʊ)sɒl//ˈpeɪlɪə(ʊ)sɒl/