Nature and Properties of Soils

ISBN-10: 013227938X
ISBN-13: 9780132279383
Edition: 14th 2008 (Revised)
List price: $199.20
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Description: 'Nature and Properties of Soil' is a broad textbook for introductory soil courses in agronomy and soil science. It emphasizes soils as part of the geosystem.

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List price: $199.20
Edition: 14th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 9/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 992
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 5.148
Language: English

'Nature and Properties of Soil' is a broad textbook for introductory soil courses in agronomy and soil science. It emphasizes soils as part of the geosystem.

The Soils Around Us
Functions of Soils in Our Ecosystem
Medium for Plant Growth
Regulator of Water Supplies
Recycler of Raw Materials
Habitat for Soil Organisms
Engineering Medium
Pedosphere as Environmental Interface
Soil as a Natural Body
The Soil Profile and Its Layers (Horizons)
Topsoil and Subsoil
Soil: The Interface of Air, Minerals, Water, and Life
Mineral (Inorganic) Constituents of Soils
Soil Organic Matter
Soil Water: A Dynamic Solution
Soil Air: A Changing Mixture of Gases
Interaction of Four Components to Supply Plant Nutrients
Nutrient Uptake by Plant Roots
Soil Quality, Degradation, and Resilience
Conclusion Study
Questions
References
Formation of Soils from Parent Materials
Weathering of Rocks and Minerals
Factors Influencing Soil Formation
Parent Materials
Climate
Biota: Living Organisms
Topography
Time
Four Basic Processes of Soil Formation
The Soil Profile
Conclusion Study
Questions
References
Soil Classification
Concept of Individual Soils
Comprehensive Classification System: Soil Taxonomy
Categories and Nomenclature of Soil Taxonomy
Soil Orders
Entisols (Recent: Little If Any Profile Development)
Inceptisols (Few Diagnostic Features: Inception of B Horizon)
Andisols (Volcanic Ash Soils)
Gelisols (Permafrost and Frost Churning)
Histisols (Organic Soils without Permafrost)
Aridisols (Dry Soils)
Vertisols (Dark, Swelling and Cracking Clays)
Mollisols (Dark, Soft Soils of Grasslands)
Alfisols (Argillic or Natric Horizon, Medium to High Bases)
Ultisols (Argillic Horizon, Low Bases)
Spodosols (Acid, Sandy, Forest Soils, Low Bases)
Oxisols (Oxic Horizon, Highly Weathered)
Lower-Level Categories in Soil Taxonomy
Conclusion Study
Questions
References
Soil Architecture and Physical Properties
Soil Color
Soil Texture (Size Distribution of Soil Particles)
Soil Textural Classes
Structure of Mineral Soils
Formation and Stabilization of Soil Aggregates
Tillage and Structural Management of Soils
Soil Density
Pore Space of Mineral Soils
Soil Properties Relevant to Engineering Uses
Conclusion Study
Questions
References
Soil Water: Characteristics and Behavior
Structure and Related Properties of Water
Capillary Fundamentals and Soil Water
Soil Water Energy Concepts
Soil Water Content and Soil Water Potential
The Flow of Liquid Water in Soil
Infiltration and Percolation
Water Vapor Movement in Soils
Qualitative Description of Soil Wetness
Factors Affecting Amount of Plant-Available Soil Water
Mechanisms by Which Plants Are Supplied with Water
Conclusion Study
Questions
References
Soil and the Hydrologic Cycle

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