Essential Soil Science A Clear and Concise Introduction to Soil Science

ISBN-10: 0632048859
ISBN-13: 9780632048854
Edition: 2002
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Description: This textbook is aimed at students who need to acquire quickly a concise overview of soil science and should prove particularly useful for those who do not possess a traditional scientific background.

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List price: $88.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/29/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

This textbook is aimed at students who need to acquire quickly a concise overview of soil science and should prove particularly useful for those who do not possess a traditional scientific background.

Preface
List of Abbreviations
Rocks to Soil
Soil formation--what are the initial inputs?
How are these inputs transformed into new compounds?
How is material moved and then finally lost from the soil?
How can we explain soil formation?
Particles, Structures and Water
What are the main soil particles?
What is meant by the term 'soil structure'?
How does water act in the soil?
Why are the physical characteristics of the soil so important?
Soil Surfaces, Acidity and Nutrients
How are chemicals stored and released from soil?
What determines the availability of acids and nutrients?
Soil Microbes and Nutrient Cycling
What types of organism are found in the soil?
How do soil microbes recycle nutrients?
Soil Survey, Classification and Evaluation
How do we carry out a soil survey?
How do we conduct a soil survey that measures change?
How do we conduct a soil survey that describes the soil in general terms?
How do we produce a map from soil descriptions made in the field?
Soils and Agriculture
How can we optimize the physical condition of the soil for plant growth?
How can we optimize the chemical condition of the soil for plant growth?
How can we optimize the biological condition of the soil for plant growth?
Soil Contamination and Erosion
What do we mean when we say a soil is either contaminated or polluted?
What is soil erosion?
How can we measure the 'quality' of the soil?
Further Reading
Index

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