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Laterites and Bauxites

  • Boulange B
  • Ambrosi J
  • Nahon D
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The term «bauxite» was introduced by Berthier (1821) and refers to rock samples belonging to the laterite type. Lateritic bauxites have been studied by many, mainly by prospection and exploration geologists, and by geologists, soil scientists and geomorphologists interested in the mechanisms of bauxite formation and evolution. Many overviews have been published on the topic during this century (Lacroix 1913; Harrasowitz 1926; Harrison 1934; Patterson 1967; Valeton 1972; Bardossy and Aleva 1990). It is now well known that bauxites and laterites result from pedogenic processes, i.e. from weathering of a large variety of sedi-mentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks, under tropical and humid climates (Bocquier et al. 1984).




Boulange, B., Ambrosi, J.-P., & Nahon, D. (1997). Laterites and Bauxites. In Soils and Sediments (pp. 49–65). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

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