Soils : An Introduction

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For Introduction to Soil Science, Environmental Science, and Land Use Management courses at the undergraduate level.This text provides a fresh look at soil science. The goal is to help students understand the parts that contribute to the whole soil individual and then appreciate how those parts function together. It begins by assembling the parts (solid, liquid and gas phases) of a soil, followed by explaining the interactions among the parts. Subsequently, genesis, classification, and interpretation of soil properties are explained. The "building the pedon"* concept introduced in the first edition is continued in this latest edition.*Pedon:"3-dimensional body of soil with lateral dimensions large enough to contain all soil properties."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 429 pages
  • 206.2 x 260.1 x 21.6mm | 1,065.95g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • 0130278254
  • 9780130278258
  • 1,996,113

Table of contents

1. Introduction. 2. Solids and Pores. 3. Liquids and Gases. 4. Soil Climate. 5. Water in the Soil-Plant System. 6. Managing Soil Water. 7. Soil Organisms. 8. Microbial Processes. 9. Mineral Nutrients in Soils and Plants. 10. Managing Plant Nutrients. 11. Acidity and Salinity. 12. Soil Genesis. 13. Soil Information. 14. Organizing Soils Information. 15. Soil Degradation. 16. Nonagricultural Uses of Soils. Glossary. more