Abstract: Laterite profiles developed from granite in southwestern Australia were studied by scanning electron microscopy. The morphology of soil materials reflects the mineralogy of secondary minerals formed from feldspar. In the saprolite, etched feldspar surfaces are coated with kaolinite or radiating, spherical aggregates of tubular halloysite. In the lower pallid zone these minerals have replaced most of the feldspar. In the upper pallid zone a porous framework has developed consisting mainly of quartz and gibbsite with 5-µm euhedral gibbsite crystals in voids. Halloysite crystals in the upper pallid zone are partly unrolled and have splayed ends. Differences in mineralogy and morphology between profiles are thought to be due to variations in the intensity of leaching.