Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment, Four-Volume Set

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Overview

More than ever before, a compelling need exists for an encyclopedic resource about soil — the rich mix of mineral particles, organic matter, gases, and soluble compounds that foster both plant and animal growth. Civilization depends more on the soil as human populations continue to grow and increasing demands are placed upon available resources. The Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment is a comprehensive and integrated consideration of a topic of vital importance to human societies in the past, present, and future.

This important work encompasses the present knowledge of the world's variegated soils, their origins, properties, classification, and roles in the biosphere. A team of outstanding, international contributors has written over 250 entries that cover a broad range of issues facing today's soil scientists, ecologists, and environmental scientists. This four-volume set features thorough articles that survey specific aspects of soil biology, ecology, chemistry and physics. Rounding out the encyclopedia's excellent coverage, contributions cover cross-disciplinary subjects, such as the history of soil utilization for agricultural and engineering purposes and soils in relation to the remediation of pollution and the mitigation of global climate change.

This comprehensive, yet accessible source is a valuable addition to the library of scientists, researchers, students, and policy makers involved in soil science, ecology, and environmental science.

Also available online via ScienceDirect – featuring extensive browsing, searching, and internal cross-referencing between articles in the work, plus dynamic linking to journal articles and abstract databases, making navigation flexible and easy. For more information, pricing options and availability visit www.info.sciencedirect.com.

* A distinguished international group of editors and contributors
* Well-organized encyclopedic format providing concise, readable entries, easy searches, and thorough cross-references
* Abundant visual resources — photographs, figures, tables, and graphs — in every entry
* Complete up-to-date coverage of many important topics — essential information for scientists, students and professionals alike

Audience: Researchers, scientists, & professionals in the soil sciences, earth sciences, agronomy, and ecology.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...impressive and comprehensive...this encyclopedia is a blessing...It will be a standard reference book for years to come."
-Alfred E. Hartemink, ISRIC- World Soil Information, for GEODERMA, May 2005

"Very well written as a whole, with appropriate illustrations and additional readings...an excellent resource for libraries supporting agriculture."
-CHOICE, September 2005

"...covers diverse subject areas...Undergraduates will find this a great resource for coursework both on the environment and soil or agriculture courses."
-E-STREAMS, June 2005

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123485304
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 11/8/2004
  • Pages: 2200

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents

Key Topics include
Soil Genesis
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy
Soil Physics
Hydrology
Soil Biology
Soil Ecology
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