Soils and Environment

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Overview

Soils and Environment examines the fundamental importance of soils. Combining practical analysis and interpretation with a theoretical approach, the authors discuss the properties of soils, debate the environmental factors that influence their development and address their resulting spatial characteristics on a global scale. Examining the impact of environmental controls on soil formation, this book also analyzes the role of soils as components of natural environmental systems and soil-human interactions. A glossary of terms aids the less scientific reader.

Adopting macro and micro-scale, pure and applied, spatial and temporal, and natural and human related approaches, this book offers an understanding of soils within an environmental context. As environmental problems, such as pollution, acidification, erosion and climatic change become matters of greater concern, Soils and Environment offers an essential understanding for readers across a spectrum of environmentally-related subjects.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415068871
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: Physical Environment Series
  • Pages: 392
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Lexile: 1550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
Units of measurement
Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Soil Constituents and Properties 9
3 Soil Formation - Processes and Profiles 57
4 Soil Formation and Environment 96
5 Soils and the Past 132
6 Soils in Natural Environmental Systems 161
7 Soils in Landuse Systems 197
8 Soils and Environmental Problems 238
9 Soil Survey and Land Evaluation 298
10 Conclusions 313
Glossary 317
References 326
Index 352
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