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Soils Genesis and Geomorphology

ISBN-10: 0521812011
ISBN-13: 9780521812016
Edition: 2005
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Description: Soils: Genesis and Geomorphology is a comprehensive and accessible textbook on all aspects of soils. The book's introductory chapters on soil morphology, physics, mineralogy and organisms prepare the reader for the more advanced and thorough  More...

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List price: $110.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/5/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 827
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 4.422
Language: English

Soils: Genesis and Geomorphology is a comprehensive and accessible textbook on all aspects of soils. The book's introductory chapters on soil morphology, physics, mineralogy and organisms prepare the reader for the more advanced and thorough treatment that follows. Theory and processes of soil genesis and geomorphology form the backbone of the book, rather than the emphasis on soil classification that permeates other less imaginative soils textbooks. This refreshingly readable text takes a truly global perspective, with many examples from around the world sprinkled throughout. Replete with hundreds of high quality figures and a large glossary, this book will be invaluable for anyone studying soils, landforms and landscape change. Soils: Genesis and Geomorphology is an ideal textbook for mid- to upper-level undergraduate and graduate level courses in soils, pedology and geomorphology. It will also be an invaluable reference text for researchers.

Sharon Anderson is an Associate Professor and Chair of Earth Systems Science and Policy, California State University, Monterey Bay. Anderson has a broad educational background in geology, chemistry, plant-soil relations, and soil chemistry, and has a publication record in all of these areas. Her research has spanned the areas of soil organic matter composition, soil mineralogy, pesticide fate in the environment, and water quality. As Chair of the Earth Systems Science and Policy Program, her current work focuses on developing rigorous yet applied and interdisciplinary curricula.

Preface
Acknowledgements
The building blocks of the soil
Introduction
Pioneers of soil science, soil survey and soil geography
Things we hold self-evident...
The framework for this book
Basic concepts: soil morphology
Texture
Color
Pores, voids and bulk density
Structure
Consistence
Presentation of soil profile data
Soil micromorphology
Basic concepts: soil horizonation...the alphabet of soils
Regolith, residuum and the weathering profile
The soil profile, pedon, polypedon and map unit
Soil horizons and the solum
Types of soil horizons
Buried soils
Basic concepts: soil mineralogy
Bonding and crystal structures
Oxides
Chlorides, carbonates, sulfates, sulfides, and phosphates
Silicates
Identification of phyllosilicates by X-ray diffraction
Identification of iron and aluminum oxides
Basic concepts: soil physics
Soil water retention and energy
Soil water movement
Soil temperature
Soil gas composition and transport
Basic concepts: soil organisms
Primary producers
Soil fauna
Soil classification, mapping and maps
Soil geography, mapping and classification
The system of Soil Taxonomy
The Canadian system of soil classification
Soil mapping and soil maps
Soil landscape analysis
Soil genesis: from parent material to soil
Soil parent materials
Effects of parent material on soils
The mutability of time[subscript zero]
A classification of parent materials
Lithologic discontinuities in soil parent materials
Weathering
Physical weathering
Chemical and biotic weathering
Products of weathering
Controls on physical and chemical weathering
Assessing weathering intensity
Pedoturbation
Classifying pedoturbation: proisotropic vs. proanisotropic
Expressions of pedoturbation
Forms of pedoturbation
Lesser-studied forms of pedoturbation
Models and concepts of soil formation
Dokuchaev and Jenny: functional-factorial models
Simonson's process-systems model
Runge's energy model
Johnson's soil thickness model
Johnson and Watson-Stegner's soil evolution model
Phillips' deterministic chaos and uncertainty concepts
Other models
The geologic timescale and paleoclimates as applied to soils
Soil genesis and profile differentiation
Eluviation-illuviation
Process bundles
Surface additions and losses
Mass balance analysis, strain and self-weight collapse
Soil geomorphology
Soil geomorphology and hydrology
The geomorphic surface
Surface morphometry
The catena concept
Soil geomorphology case studies, models and paradigms
Soil development and surface exposure dating
Stratigraphic terminology, principles and geomorphic surfaces
Numerical dating
Relative dating
Principles of surface exposure dating (SED)
SED methods based on geomorphology, geology and biology
SED methods based on soil development
Chronosequences
Numerical dating techniques applicable to soils
Soils, paleosols and paleoenvironmental reconstruction
Paleosols and paleopedology
Environmental pedo-signatures
Conclusions and Perspectives
References
Glossary
Index

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