pedogenesis

1 [ped-uh-jen-uh-sis or, esp. British, pee-duh-]
noun
neoteny ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1870–75; pedo-1 + -genesis

pedogenetic [ped-oh-juh-net-ik or, esp. British, pee-duh-] , pedogenic, adjective
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pedogenesis

2 [ped-uh-jen-uh-sis] ,
noun
the process of soil formation.

Origin:
1935–40; pedo-2 + -genesis

pedogenic, pedogenetic [ped-oh-juh-net-ik] , adjective
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pedogenesis   (pěd'ə-jěn'ĭ-sĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
The process whereby soil forms from unconsolidated rocks.
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pedogenesis

reproduction by sexually mature larvae, usually without fertilization. The young may be eggs, such as are produced by Miastor, a genus of gall midge flies, or other larval forms, as in the case of some flukes. This form of reproduction is distinct from neotenic reproduction in its parthenogenetic nature (i.e., no fertilization occurs) and the eventual maturation or metamorphosis of the parent organism into its adult form

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In addition, patterns of spatial variability with regard to pedogenesis and landscape position need further investigations.
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