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A rigorous, comprehensive introduction to soil chemistry, this text is aimed at students and researchers who are not soil chemists. The author describes soil minerals and organic matter in soils and the soil solution, and provides in-depth coverage of important chemical processes, including solubility reactions, oxidation-reduction phenomena, adsorption, and ion exchange. The three final chapters present detailed applications to soil-plant relationships, fertilizer reactions in soils, acidity, salinity, mineral weathering, and soil management. Over 200 problems at varying levels of difficulty are coordinated with the text, and an appendix on SI units summarizes their use in soil chemistry.
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"Overall, and without a doubt, the second edition of this book is an excellent textbook for intermediate to advanced undergraduate and graduate students in soil chemistry and biogeochemistry, as well as a useful reference for academics and professionals working in the areas of soil, biogeochemistry, hydrology, and related environmental sciences."--Vadose Zone Journal

Reviews of prior edition

"Inclusion of this text in one's personal library is a must because of the wealth of useful reference material and well-developed examples of soil chemical phenomena."-Soil Science

"A very useful resource for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in environmental science, hydrology, agriculture, and related."-CHOICE

"The book can be recommended for everyone with an interest in soil science . . . . It will enable students to rapidly become familiar with modern methods of treating problems in soil science. The style and presentation of the book are exemplary." -International Chemistry

"This well written book can be highly recommended to all students and scientists who are interested in soil science, hydrology and environmental research" -Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science

"The Chemistry of Soils is a well written and concise treatise on soil chemistry, clearly targeted at the intermediate student of this discipline. However, it contains insightful discussion of a number of topics of interest to all students of surficial geochemical processes and is a useful addition to all students, academics and professionals working in those areas." -Geochemica et Cosmochimica Acta

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195046151
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1989
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 6.44 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

The Chemical Composition of Soils     3
Elemental Composition     3
Metal Elements in Soils     8
Solid Phases in Soils     11
Soil Air and Soil Water     16
Soil Mineral Transformations     17
For Further Reading     20
Problems     21
Balancing Chemical Reactions     25
Soil Minerals     28
Ionic Solids     28
Primary Silicates     36
Clay Minerals     41
Metal Oxides, Oxyhydroxides, and Hydroxides     49
Carbonates and Sulfates     54
For Further Reading     56
Problems     57
The Discovery of the Structures of Clay Minerals     59
Soil Humus     65
Biomolecules     65
Humic Substances     70
Cation Exchange Reactions     72
Reactions with Organic Molecules     77
Reactions with Soil Minerals     82
For Further Reading     85
Problems     86
Film Diffusion Kinetics in Cation Exchange     91
The Soil Solution     94
Sampling the Soil Solution     94
Soluble Complexes     96
Chemical Speciation     101
Predicting Chemical Speciation     104
Thermodynamic Stability Constants     110
For Further Reading     113
Problems     114
Mineral Stability and Weathering     119
Dissolution Reactions     119
Predicting Solubility Control: Activity-Ratio Diagrams     125
Coprecipitated Soil Minerals     130
Predicting Solubility Control: Predominance Diagrams     133
Phosphate Transformations in Calcareous Soils     135
For Further Reading     139
Problems     140
Oxidation-Reduction Reactions     144
Flooded Soils     144
Redox Reactions     148
The Redox Ladder     154
Exploring the Redox Ladder     159
pE-pH Diagrams     162
For Further Reading     165
Problems     166
Balancing Redox Reactions     169
The Invention of the pH Meter     171
Soil Particle Surface Charge     174
Surface Complexes     174
Adsorption     179
Surface Charge     181
Points of Zero Charge     183
Schindler Diagrams      188
For Further Reading     190
Problems     191
Soil Adsorption Phenomena     195
Measuring Adsorption     195
Adsorption Kinetics and Equilibria     197
Metal Cation Adsorption     203
Anion Adsorption     206
Surface Redox Processes     209
For Further Reading     214
Problems     214
Exchangeable Ions     219
Soil Exchange Capacities     219
Exchange Isotherms     223
Ion Exchange Reactions     226
Biotic Ligand Model     230
Cation Exchange on Humus     233
For Further Reading     238
Problems     239
Colloidal Phenomena     244
Colloidal Suspensions     244
Soil Colloids     248
Interparticle Forces     250
The Stability Ratio     255
Fractal Floccules     261
For Further Reading     266
Problems     267
Mass Fractals     271
Soil Acidity     275
Proton Cycling     275
Acid-Neutralizing Capacity     279
Aluminum Geochemistry      282
Redox Effects     286
Neutralizing Soil Acidity     288
For Further Reading     290
Problems     291
Measuring pH     293
Soil Salinity     296
Saline Soil Solutions     296
Cation Exchange and Colloidal Phenomena     298
Mineral Weathering     302
Boron Chemistry     305
Irrigation Water Quality     308
For Further Reading     311
Problems     312
Units and Physical Constants in Soil Chemistry     316
For Further Reading     319
Problems     319
Index     321
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