Many investigators are finding that micromorphology is useful. Applications go far beyond the field of traditional soil science. Sediments (consolidated and unconsolidated), and man-made or consturcted materials are used for many purposes and the information obtained from thin sections can be used in an analytical and interpretative manner, and to predict certain behavior. Thin sections have, and are being used in the study of:
macropore and micropore flow
tillage practices, cultivation, irrigation
conversion from one land use to another
effects of additives such as fertilizers, organic matter, sewer sledge
waste disposal, land reclamation
water quality and conservation
soil erosion and degradation
influence of tilage
water and gas movement
strength of materials
alterations and weathering of construction material (concrete)
Vera MacConnell, Research Technician, I on December 1, 1997.
Last Updated on December 8, 1997.