Elements of the Nature and Properties of Soils

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For undergraduate courses in Introduction to Soils, Fundamentals of Soil Science, and Soil Management, in departments of environmental science, agronomy, geology or natural resources. This text opens students' eyes to the fascinating and important world of soils, and the principles that can be used to minimize the degradation and destruction of one of our most important natural resources. Concentrating on essentials, this edition is a more concise version of its parent text, The Nature and Properties of Soils, maintaining its high standards of rigor and readability, and its priority of explaining this science in a manner relevant to many fields of study. It provides a fundamental knowledge that is a prerequisite to meeting the many natural-resource challenges awaiting humanity in the 21st century.

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A fundamental knowledge of soil science is not only intriguing—it is also a prerequisite to meeting the many natural resource challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. This text addresses all of the basic principles of soil science, emphasizing the soil as a natural resource and highlighting the many interactions between the soil and other components of forest, range, agricultural, wetland, and constructed ecosystems.

Elements of the Nature and Properties of Soils, Second Edition, is suitable as the core text in an introductory soil science course at the undergraduate level, providing authoritative and up-to-date coverage that is essential for a solid foundation in the study of soils. It is also an excellent resource for anyone interested in the study of soils. Following are only a few of the topics covered:

  • formation of soils
  • soil classification
  • soil architecture and physical properties
  • soil water
  • soil and the hydrologic cycle
  • soil aeration and temperature
  • the colloidal fraction: seat of soil chemical and physical activity
  • soil acidity, alkalinity, and salinity
  • organisms and ecology of the soil
  • soil organic matter
  • nitrogen and sulfur economy of soil
  • soil phosphorus, potassium, and micronutrients
  • practical nutrient management
  • soil erosion and its control

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