The book by Tardy and Roquin is the continuation of the one that the first author devoted, a few years ago, to the Petrology of Laterites and Tropical Soils (La Pétrologie des Latérites et des Sols Tropicaux, Masson, ed., 1993). It aims at demonstrating that, provided that one has access to appropriate methodology to ‘read’ the tangle of mineral assemblages produced by laterization processes, it becomes possible to decipher the palaeoclimatic information recorded in the soils and in the weathering mantles of the intertropical regions. More precisely, taking also into account the geological history of the last 150...

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