Soils in Our Environment

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Based on the most current scientific developments in all areas, this time-honored, broad introduction to soil sciences covers the complete spectrum of traditional and state-of-the-art soil topics–e.g., taxonomy, soil formation, properties of soils, common soil problems and their solutions, evaluation of soils, pollution from use of soils, precision agriculture, GIS and GPS. The volume examines soil composition and importance, soil's physical, water and chemical properties, organisms and their residues, soil ...
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Overview

Based on the most current scientific developments in all areas, this time-honored, broad introduction to soil sciences covers the complete spectrum of traditional and state-of-the-art soil topics–e.g., taxonomy, soil formation, properties of soils, common soil problems and their solutions, evaluation of soils, pollution from use of soils, precision agriculture, GIS and GPS. The volume examines soil composition and importance, soil's physical, water and chemical properties, organisms and their residues, soil formation and morphology, soil taxonomy, plant nutrients, soil fertility management, tillage systems and alternatives, soil erosion, water resources and irrigation, wetlands and land drainage, pollution of soil, water, and air, environmental integrity, soil surveys and land-use planning, greenhouse soils and soulless culture. For Environmental scientists, consultants and engineers, soil scientists, plant scientists, crop consultants, irrigation consultants, farmers and land developers.
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This broad introduction to the soil sciences compiles the research and field experiences of hundreds of analysts and producers. Covers the complete spectrum of traditional and state-of-the-art topics, including taxonomy, the properties of soils, common soil problems and their solutions, and the formation and evaluation of soils. New to this edition is a discussion of Geophysical Information Systems GPIs, the Global Positioning System GPS, and an expanded section on environmental pollution related to agriculture. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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New edition (with a new title) of a time-tested text first published in 1958 under the title, Soils: An Introduction to Soils and Plant Growth. Coverage encompasses the study of soils for all uses, not just for agricultural use, providing a scientific basis for understanding soils and stability, drainage, salt control, erosion control, waste disposal, and flow and retention of water. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136108825
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 8.33 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.38 (d)

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PREFACE:

Preface

The guiding purpose behind revisions for this 9th edition was to update and streamline the book without losing the thoroughness and readability it inherited from the senior author. Changes in content reflect the recent changes in soil taxonomy, the wealth of information in new on-line databases, and the strong interest in soil quality and sustainability. Dozens of new photos, figures, and tables have been added. An even larger number of older ones have been updated or eliminated. The resulting text is leaner (with fewer pages overall) and greener (placing greater emphasis on environmental integrity). More of the popular soil-related human interest stories have been included—for example: how political pressures threaten the family farm, how soil conditions affect cemeteries in New Orleans, and why a fungus in a Michigan forest should be counted among the world's largest organisms. Various sites on the Internet are referenced for readers seeking additional information. The tremendous value of these sites seems to outweigh the danger that their ephemeral nature may leave them inaccessible within a short time. As with previous editions of the book, this edition was written for students of agricultural and environmental sciences, preferably in the middle years of their undergraduate college experience. I sincerely hope that students and instructors find the book to be both functionally useful and intellectually engaging. Please e-mail your comments to duane.gardiner@tamuk.edu.

A special "thank you" is extended to the following reviewers for their valuable feedback and suggestions:

Kenneth Barbarick, Colorado StateUniversity
Del Dingus, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
Dennis McCallister, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Thomas McIntosh, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Dan Ross, Kent State University

Duane T. Gardiner

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Soil: Its Composition, Weathering, and Importance
2 Soil Formation and Morphology
3 Soil Taxonomy
4 Soil Physical Properties
5 Soil Colloids and Chemical Properties
6 Soil as a Water Reservoir
7 Organisms and Their Residues
8 Acidic Soils and Their Modification
9 Nitrogen and Phosphorus
10 Potassium, Sulfur, and Micronutrients
11 Salt-Affected Soils and Their Reclamation
12 Diagnosis of Soils and Plants
13 Fertilizer Management
14 Tillage Systems
15 Soil Erosion and Sediment Control
16 Water Resources and Irrigation
17 Land Drainage
18 Soils and Environmental Pollution
19 Soil Surveys, Interpretations, and Land-Use Planning
Glossary
Index
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Preface

PREFACE:

Preface

The guiding purpose behind revisions for this 9th edition was to update and streamline the book without losing the thoroughness and readability it inherited from the senior author. Changes in content reflect the recent changes in soil taxonomy, the wealth of information in new on-line databases, and the strong interest in soil quality and sustainability. Dozens of new photos, figures, and tables have been added. An even larger number of older ones have been updated or eliminated. The resulting text is leaner (with fewer pages overall) and greener (placing greater emphasis on environmental integrity). More of the popular soil-related human interest stories have been included—for example: how political pressures threaten the family farm, how soil conditions affect cemeteries in New Orleans, and why a fungus in a Michigan forest should be counted among the world's largest organisms. Various sites on the Internet are referenced for readers seeking additional information. The tremendous value of these sites seems to outweigh the danger that their ephemeral nature may leave them inaccessible within a short time. As with previous editions of the book, this edition was written for students of agricultural and environmental sciences, preferably in the middle years of their undergraduate college experience. I sincerely hope that students and instructors find the book to be both functionally useful and intellectually engaging. Please e-mail your comments to duane.gardiner@tamuk.edu.

A special "thank you" is extended to the following reviewers for their valuable feedback and suggestions:

Kenneth Barbarick, ColoradoStateUniversity
Del Dingus, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
Dennis McCallister, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Thomas McIntosh, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Dan Ross, Kent State University

Duane T. Gardiner

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