Soil in the Environment Crucible of Terrestrial Life

ISBN-10: 0123485363
ISBN-13: 9780123485366
Edition: 2007
Authors: Daniel Hillel
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Description: Key for every course in soil science, earth science, and environmental disciplines, this textbook engages students to critically look at soil as the central link in the function and creation of the terrestrial environment. For the first time, Dr.  More...

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List price: $83.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 12/14/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Key for every course in soil science, earth science, and environmental disciplines, this textbook engages students to critically look at soil as the central link in the function and creation of the terrestrial environment. For the first time, Dr. Hillel brilliantly discusses soils as a natural body that is engaged in dynamic interaction with the atmosphere above and the strata below that influences the planet's climate and hydrological cycle, and serves as the primary habitat for a versatile community of living organisms. Soil in the Environment offers a larger perspective of soils impact on the environment by organizing chapters among three main processes: Physical, Chemical and Biology. It provides students of geology, physical science, and environmental studies with fundamental information and tools for meeting the natural resource challenges of the 21st Century, while providing students of soil science and ecology with the understanding of physical and biological interactions necessary for sustainability. * First textbook to unite soil science and the environment beyond what is traditionally taught * Incorporates current knowledge of such hot topics as climate change, pollution control, human expropriation of natural resources, and the prospects for harmonious and sustainable development * Organized in a student-friendly format with examples, discussion boxes, and key definitions in every chapter * Full color throughout Companion Website includes: 1. Suggested field trips 2. Exercises and figures per chapter 3. Cross references to articles with links from Hillels Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment 4-vol set 4. Boxes from ESP and Lil ESP with global examples and case studies

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.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Soil as a Living Body: Its Dynamic Role in the Environment
Soil in the History of Civilization
Soil Formation
Soil Classification
Soil Physical Attributes
Soil-Water Statics
Soil-Water Dynamics
Soil-Water Cycle
Soil-Water and Soil-Energy Balances in the Field
Soil Chemical Attributes and Processes
Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Soil Biodiversity
Soil and Water Management
Soil Erosion and Conservation
Soil Pollution and Remediation
Concluding Overview
The Role of Soil in the Mitigation of Global Warming
The Role of Soil in the Global Food Supply
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
Figure Sources and Credits

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