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Soil Genesis and Classification reviews a spectrum of soil classification systems and presents the culmination of more than two decades of testing and revisions in the U.S. Soil Taxonomy, the most detailed and comprehensive system for soil classification. The classic textbook explains the function and use of soils, soil formation and categorization, and details how this dynamic natural entity evolves from natural factors and processes and interfaces with ecosystems and human endeavors.

For the fifth edition, the authors have included the 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, majors, minors, 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

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

“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: 9780813828732
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/14/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 494
  • Product dimensions: 7.35 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.11 (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; Introduction; Morphology and Composition of Soils; Biogeochemical Processes in Soil Formation; Soil as a Component of the Ecosystem; Space and Time in Soil Formation; Modern Soil Classification Systems; U.S. Soil Taxonomy; Alfisols; Andisols; Aridsols; Entisols; Gelisols; Histosols; Inceptisols; Mollisols; Oxisols; Spodosols; Ultisols; Vertisols; Spatial Arrangement of Soils; Interpretations of Soil Surveys and Technical Soil Classification; Bibliography; Index

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