Soil Genesis and Classification / Edition 6

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Soil Genesis and Classification, Sixth Edition, builds on the success of the previous editions to present an unparalleled resource on soil formation and classification. Featuring a color plate section containing multiple soil profiles, this text also includes information on new classification systems and emerging technologies and databases with updated references throughout. Covering the diverse needs of both the academic and professional communities, this classic text will be a must have reference for all those in soil science and related fields.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“You should buy it and persuade your library to buy it aswell.”  (European Journal of Soil Science, 1December 2011)

“The book is well suited for practicing and future soilscientist, geographers, geomorphologists, soil conservationists,sanity engineers, ecologists, foresters, agronomists, andarchaeologists.  Summing Up: Recommended.  Upper-divisionundergraduates and above.”  (Choice, 1 April2012)

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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Product Details

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

Meet the Author

Stanley W. Buol, Ph.D., is William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Soil Science and Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor at North Carolina State University, Raleigh. Randal J. Southard, Ph.D., is Professor of Soil Genesis and Morphology and Associate Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis. Robert C. Graham, Ph.D., is Professor of Soil Mineralogy and Pedology at the University of California, Riverside. Paul A. McDaniel, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Soil Genesis and Morphology at the University of Idaho, Moscow.

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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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