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The combination or arrangement of primary soil particles into secondary
units or peds. These secondary units may be, but usually are not, arranged
in the profile in such a manner as to give a distinctive characteristic
pattern. The secondary units are characterized and classified on the
basis of size, shape, and degree of distinctness into classes, types, and
The Nature and Properties of Soils, Prentice Hall, 1996.