Soil Genesis and Classification / Edition 6

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Overview

The fifth edition includes new nomenclature and systematic structure of soil classification categories, as well as new analytical techniques to more quantitatively identify soil properties and define class limits in soil taxonomy. This comprehensive work covers the diverse needs of soil science instructors, undergraduate students, and graduate students and serves as an outstanding reference for soil scientists, agricultural and natural resources engineers and economists, and others in related fields such as ecology, natural resources, and land use and planning.
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Editorial Reviews

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The fourth edition of this graduate and senior undergraduate textbook provides updated, expanded explanations of the nature, formation, function, classification, and use of soils. It includes new material on Gelisols, advances in soil genesis and classification, soil survey interpretation, Andisols and tropical and subtropical soils. New and improved technology is also covered, including databases, geographic information systems, ground-penetrating radar, aerial photography, and modeling. An updated review of soil classification systems of other countries is included. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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“The book is well suited for practicing and future soil scientist, geographers, geomorphologists, soil conservationists, sanity engineers, ecologists, foresters, agronomists, and archaeologists. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (Choice, 1 April 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813807690
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 698,555
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

STANLEY W. BUOL is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Soil Science at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, where he held William Neal Reynolds Distinguished and Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professorships before retirement. He earned B.S., M.S., and PhD. Degrees from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Prior to moving to North Carolina State University, he was a faculty member of the Agricultural Chemistry and Soils Department at the University of Arizona. He is a Fellow in both the Soil Science Society of America and American Society of Agronomy. He has received the International Soil Science Award and Distinguished Service Award from the Soil Society of America and the Achievement Award from the North Carolina Soil Science Society. In addition to several papers in scientific journals and book chapters, he has authored the book Soils, Land, and Life.

RANDAL J. SOUTHARD is Professor of Soil Genesis and Morphology and Soil Scientist in the California Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of California, Davis. He holds a B.S. degree in biology and a M.S. degree in soil science from Utah State University and a Ph.D. in soil science from North Carolina State University. He is a member of the Soil Science Society of America, Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta, and the International Union of Soil Sciences and is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America. He served as Associate Dean of Environmental Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis from 1999 to 2009. He teaches courses in introductory soil, pedology, and environmental sciences. He served as president of the Western Society of Soil Science from 1995 to 1996 and was an associate editor for the Soil Science Society of America Journal from 1999 to 2002. He has published articles in various journals including Soil Science Society of America Journal, Geoderma, Soil Science, Clays and Clay Minerals, Soil Survey Horizons, California Agriculture, Journal of Environmental Quality, Global Change, Biology, and Atmospheric Environment.

ROBERT C. GRAHAM is professor of Soil Mineralogy and Pedology at the University of California, riverside. He has degrees in soil science from the University of California at Davis, Utah State University, and North Carolina State University, He is a member of the Soil Science Society of America, International Union of Soil Sciences, Professional Soil Scientists Association of California, California Forest Soils Council, and the Geological Society of America. He has served as Associate Editor for the Soil Science Society of America Journal and is a Fellow in the Soil Science Society of America. At UC Riverside he advises graduate students and conducts research and teaches courses in soil mineralogy, soil geomorphology, and soils of natural ecosystems and landforms. He has published articles on these topics in a variety of journals including Soil Science Society of America Journal, Geoderma, Soil Science, Biogeochemistry, Clays and Clay Minerals Forest Ecology and Management, Canadian Journal of Forestry, Oecologia, Geology, Vadose Zone Journal, Catena, International Journal of Wildland Fire, and Journal of Arid Environment.

PAUL A. McDANIEL is Professor of Pedology at the University of Idaho in Moscow. He is also an Affiliate Faculty member at the Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigacion y Ensenanza (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica, and the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station representative to the National Cooperative Soil Survey program. He holds a B.S. degree in Biology from University of Kentucky, an M.S. in Soil Science from Montana State University, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from North Carolina State University. He served as Associate Editor for the Soil Science of America Journal from 2000-2006 and as Technical Editor for the Pedology, Soil Mineralogy, and Wetland Soils sections form 2007 to present. He is a member of Soil Services, and is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America. He teaches courses in introductory soil science, pedology, and soil mineralogy, and has published research articles in various journals, including Soul Science Society of America Journal, Geoderma, Soil Science, Clays and Clay Mineral, Catena, Journal of Environmental Quality, Forest Science, Water Resources Research, Hydrological Processes, and Vandose Zone Journal.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Preface to the Fifth Edition
1 Introduction 3
2 Morphology and Composition of Soils 35
3 Biogeochemical Processes in Soil Formation 85
4 Soil as a Component of the Ecosystem 119
5 Space and Time in Soil Formation 153
6 Modern Soil Classification Systems 169
7 U.S. Soil Taxonomy 193
8 Alfisols: High Base Status Soils with Finer-Textured Subsoil Horizons 217
9 Andisols: Soils with Andic Soil Properties 231
10 Aridisols: Soils of Dry Regions 243
11 Entisols: Recently Formed Soils 259
12 Gelisols: Very Cold Soils 269
13 Histosols: Organic Soils 279
14 Inceptisols: Embryonic Soils with Few Diagnostic Features 293
15 Mollisols: Grassland Soils of Steppes and Prairies 301
16 Oxisols: Low-Activity Soils 317
17 Spodosols: Soils with Subsoil Accumulations of Humus and Sesquioxides 327
18 Ultisols: Low Base Status Soils with Finer-Textured Subsoil Horizons 339
19 Vertisols: Shrinking and Swelling Dark Clay Soils 349
20 Spatial Arrangement of Soils: Soilscapes and Map Units 361
21 Interpretations of Soil Survey and Technical Soil Classification 387
Bibliography 399
Index 483
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