pedo-, ped- +

(Greek: pedon, ground, soil, earth)

Don't confuse this Greek element with another Greek pedo- that means "child" or the Latin ped which means "foot".

epipedos
On top of the ground.
ped
A unit of soil structure formed by natural processes; such as, an aggregate, block, crumb, prism, or granule, that is formed by a natural process, as distinguished from a clod.
pedalfer
1. In agronomy, a leached soil that develops in humid regions and is characterized by an accumulation or concentration of aluminum and iron oxides.
2. An acid soil type found in humid regions rich in aluminium and iron compounds, but low in carbonates.
pedality
The physical nature of a soil as expressed by the features of its constituent peds.
pediment
In geology, a broad, gently sloping, low-relief erosion surface, composed primarily of bare rock, that develops in an arid or semiarid region at the base of a receding mountain slope.
pediophilous, pediophile, pediophily
1. Thriving in uplands or higher soil levels.
2. Plants and animals that prefer higher ground in a region, in contrast to a valley, plain, or other low-lying land.
pediophyte
A plant of an upland community.
pediplain, pediplane
In geology, a broad, thinly alluviated, rock-cut erosion surface produced in a desert region by the merging of two or more adjacent pediments.
pediplanation
In geology, the processes involved in the formation and development of a pediplane or pediplanes.
pedocal
In geology, an unleached soil that develops in arid or semiarid regions and that is characterized by an accumulation or concentration of carbonates, usually calcium carbonate.

Pedocals are common in arid or semiarid regions where the rate of evaporation is greater than the rate of leaching.

pedogenesis
1. In geology, the mode, processes, and factors responsible for the origin and development of a true soil from unconsolidated parent material; soil formation.
2. The mode by which soil originates.
pedogenics
In geology, a branch of soil science that involves the study of the origin, formation, and development of soil.
pedogeochemical survey
A geochemical prospecting survey in which the materials sampled are soil and till.
pedogeography
A branch of geography that involves the study of the geographic distribution of soils.
pedography
An aspect of soil science concerned with the systematic description of soils.

Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "land, ground, fields, soil, dirt, mud, clay, earth (world)": agra-; agrest-; agri-; agro-; argill-; choro-; chthon-; epeiro-; geo-; glob-; lut-; myso-; pel-; rhyp-; soil-; sord-; terr-.