Introduction to Environmental Soil Physics

Introduction to Environmental Soil Physics : The State and the Transport of Matter and Energy in the Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Continuum

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An abridged, student-oriented edition of Hillel's earlier published Environmental Soil Physics, Introduction to Environmental Soil Physics is a more succinct elucidation of the physical principles and processes governing the behavior of soil and the vital role it plays in both natural and managed ecosystems. The textbook is self-contained and self-explanatory, with numerous illustrations and sample problems. Based on sound fundamental theory, the textbook leads to a practical consideration of soil as a living system in nature and illustrates the influences of human activity upon soil structure and function. Students, as well as other readers, will better understand the importance of soils and the pivotal possition they occupy with respect to careful and knowledgeable conservation.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 494 pages
  • 178 x 258 x 30mm | 1,301.82g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • bibliog , index
  • 0123486556
  • 9780123486554
  • 765,079

Table of contents

Part I: Basic Relationships
Part II: The Solid Phase
Part III: The Liquid Phase
Part IV: The Gaseous Phase
Part V: Composite Phenomena
Part VI: The Field Water Cycle
Part VII: Soil-Plant-Water Relations
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" excellent introductory text for an undergraduate course in soil physics. The book is well written and nicely presents the major topics..."
- Nels Ruud, Furgo West Inc., Oakland, California, U.S.A.

"We are convinced that this study will open a new scientific research horizon in the field of soil physics."
- Professor Corneliu Cismaru, Ph.D.

"In addition to students, this work can help those who are concerned about the environment or who depend on the soil for their livelihood."
- Dr. Daniel D. Fritton
Pennsylvania State University

" we have a rarity: a textbook that educates as well as teaches, and that delights as well as informs."
-Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig
Goddard Institute for Space Studies

"Daniel Hillel, with his unique literary style, smoothly blends the basic with the applied concepts into a very readable book."
Dr. John Letey
Distinguished Professor of Soil Science
University of California, Riverside

"...Daniel Hillel uses his crisp, lucid writing style to bring the subject of soil physics to life...."
-D. Keith Cassel
North Carolina State University
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About Daniel Hillel

Born in California and raised in Israel, Dr. Daniel Hillel acquired an early and lifelong love of the land and a commitment to understanding and protecting the natural environment. Through decades of work in some thirty countries, he has become an international authority on sustainable management of land and water resources. Dr. Hillel has served as professor of soil physics, hydrology and the environmental sciences at leading universities in the U.S. and abroad, and has been a consultant to the World Bank and the United Nations. Among the honors he has received are the Chancellor's Medal for Exemplary Service at the University of Massachusetts , a Guggenheim award, and Doctorates of Science honoris causa by Guelph University of Canada and Ohio State University . Dr. Hillel is an elected Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the Soil Science Society of America, and the American Society of Agronomy and was granted the Distinguished Service Award by the latter societies. He has published well over 300 scientific papers and research reports, and authored or edited twenty two books. His definitive textbooks on environmental physics have been use by universities and research institutions throughout the world and have been translated into twelve languages.
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