Management of Problem Soils in Arid Ecosystems

Management of Problem Soils in Arid Ecosystems

by A. Monem Balba

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ISBN-13: 9780873718110
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/14/1995
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

The Arid Ecosystem
Elements of the Climate
Classification of the Earth to Climatic Regions
Natural Vegetative Cover in Arid Ecosystems
Soils of the Arid Ecosystems
References
Salt-Affected Soils
Introduction
The Size of the Problem
Characteristics of Salt-Affected Soils
Studies Required for Predicting Salinization Due to Upward Movement of Groundwater and its Subsequent Evaporation
Effect of Salinity on Plant Growth and Composition
References
Calcareous Soils
Introduction
Morphology
Physical Properties
Chemical and Fertility Properties
Gypsic Soils
Management of Calcareous Soils
References
Sandy Soils
Introduction
Formation of Sandy Soils
The Sandy Soils in Soil Classification Systems
Physical Characteristics
Management of Sandy Soils
References
Water Management in Arid Ecosystems
Introduction
Technologies for Increasing Water Resources
Management of Rain-Fed Agriculture
Irrigation
Drainage
Use of Low-Quality Water for Irrigation
References
Desertification
Introduction
Soil Degradation
Degradation Versus Desertification
Desertification Due to Sand Movement
Desertification of Rangeland
Desertification Due to Irrigation and Waterlogging
Combating Desertification in Rain-Fed Croplands
Complementary Measures for Combating Desertification
Soil Erosion
Water Erosion
Wind Erosion
Desertification, a Global Challenge
References
Index

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