Soil and Water Science: Key to Understanding Our Global Environment

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Soil and water have played a leading role in the development and advancement of civilization. Where sound management practices have been the norm, civilization has flourished, but poor management leads to crisis. This unique blend of history and contemporary issues in soil and water management has created a valuable and fascinating document that should be of interest to all scientists, students, and policymakers.
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Ten papers combine the historical patterns of land use and the principles of soil and water sciences to explore such issues as the sustainability of irrigated agriculture, land degradation in arid zones, and the role of geopurification in water management. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891188162
  • Publisher: American Society of Agronomy
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Series: SSSA Special Publications, #41
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 103
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introductory Overview: Soil, Water and Civilization 1
2 Soil and Water as Critical Factors in the History of the Fertile Crescent 11
3 The Future Role of Irrigation in Meeting the World's Food Supply 15
4 Is Irrigated Agriculture Sustainable? 23
5 Global Overview of Soil Erosion 39
6 Land Degradation in the World's Arid Zones 53
7 Agriculture in a Changing Global Environment 59
8 Role of Geopurification in Future Water Management 73
9 Soil Physics and Groundwater Quality 83
10 International Agricultural Research and Development - Future Challenges 87
Appendix: Biography 95
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