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This comprehensive work on all aspects of soils includes introductory chapters on soil morphology, physics, mineralogy and organisms in anticipation of the more advanced analysis of the subject that follows. Replete with hundreds of high-quality figures and a large glossary, its global perspective makes it an invaluable text for anyone studying soils, landforms and landscape change in middle to upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses.
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Editorial Reviews

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"...a remarkably comprehensive and up-to-date review... The writing is clear and concise, and the authors' enthusiasm for their subject material is obvious. This book will appeal to individuals from a number of disciplines and sub-disciplines who find soils interesting, including pedology, soil geomorphology, earth system science, environmental science, and Quaternary geology... it will be an excellent textbook for upper-level undergraduate and graduate level courses in soil geography, pedology, and geomorphology."
The Canadian Geographer

"This is a big book in size, concept, and ideas. The book is lavishly illustrated, with an extensive reference list providing the student reader with a ready gateway into the research literature. A large glossary of terms associated with both soils and geomorphology is also a welcome addition to the book. Each section is often approached in quite fresh and new ways.... wonderful."
Environmental Conservation

"This is a rare textbook: well-written, comprehensive, up-to-date, thought-provoking, and refreshingly opinionated. Schaetzl and Anderson took on an ambitious task in writing a textbook that not only covers pedology and soil geomorphology but also provides some of the necessary background in related areas of soil science. They have completed this task in admirable fashion. This text would probably be well-suited for any course in pedology or soil geomorphology, whether it is taught in a geography, geology, or soil science program. The basics are explained clearly enough for most undergraduate students. There is also a great deal of depth on many topics, which should satisfy advanced undergraduate or graduate students who seek a more thorough understanding of the material."
Joseph A. Mason, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"The greatest strength of this text is that it offers a fresh look at soil genesis, blending a variety of concepts and paradigms of the science that are not traditionally addressed together. It serves as an excellent summary of pedogenic theory and should occupy the shelves of all pedologists and students of soil science. Likewise, it would serve as a very useful text fr other disciplines, particularly the field science such as ecology, geology, range management, forestry, and geomorphology."
Anthony O'Green, Vadose Zone Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521812016
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 832
  • Sales rank: 740,936
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Randall Schaetzl is a Professor of Geography at Michigan State University, East Lansing. He has trained as a physical geographer at some of the top departments in the USA, and has established himself as a leading figure in soil genesis and geomorphology research. He has published in all the leading soils, geomorphology and geography journals. Schaetzl is an associate editor for the Soil Science Society of America Journal. His expertise on podzolization and pedoturbation has led him to publish papers that have advanced the theory behind both these widespread soil processes.

Sharon Anderson is an Associate Professor and Chair of Earth Systems Science and Policy, California State University, Monterey Bay. Anderson has a broad educational background in geology, chemistry, plant-soil relations, and soil chemistry, and has a publication record in all of these areas. Her research has spanned the areas of soil organic matter composition, soil mineralogy, pesticide fate in the environment, and water quality. As Chair of the Earth Systems Science and Policy Program, her current work focuses on developing rigorous yet applied and interdisciplinary curricula.

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Table of Contents

Part I. The Building Blocks of Soil: 1. Introduction; 2. Basic concepts: soil morphology; 3. Basic concepts: soil horizonation; 4. Basic concepts: soil mineralogy; 5. Basic concepts: soil physics; 6. Basic concepts: soil organisms; 7. Soil classification, mapping and maps; Part II. Soil Genesis: From Parent Material to Soil: 8. Soil parent materials; 9. Weathering; 10. Pedoturbation; 11. Models and concepts of soil formation; 12. Soil genesis and profile differentiation; Part III. Soil Geomorphology: 13. Soil geomorphology and hydrology; 14. Soil development and surface exposure dating; 15. Soils, paleosols and paleoenvironmental reconstruction; 16. Conclusions and perspectives; Literature cited; Glossary; Index.
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  • Posted November 18, 2008

    This Book and Soil Science

    This book is great for anyone who wants to learn the soil forming processes and soil composition. Even if you know nothing of soils, you will understand what Schaetzel and Anderson are talking about. If you already have a soil background, it is still full of useful information that gives a direct approach to finding information in a book. This one is full of it.

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