Soils: An Introduction

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Fresh in its approach, the book develops a unique "pedon" concept in the first chapter, building upon it progressively throughout. Starting as an empty 3-D rectangle, readers follow chapter-by-chapter "additions" of inorganic and organic matter, water, and pores, etc., until the box takes on the characteristics of a "real" soil. This helps readers both understand how the parts fit together to make up the entire soil as well as analyze relationships from the very simple to the more complex. It makes careful use of scale in all figures, and features optional chapter supplements for catch-up and review. Highlights of the new edition include 20 new figures and more focused discussions of environmental issues.

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This work involves students with a building a pedon concept that introduces them to soil parts. It includes discussions of environmental issues, and emphasizes scale to show students the range involved, from organisms as small as viruses to the expanse of the landscape.

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Now in its fifth edition, Soils: An Introduction provides readers with a fresh approach to the study of soils. Covering all major topics, the text utilizes a unique "building the pedon" model to provide readers with a single soil concept upon which to build and learn. The goal is to help readers understand the parts that contribute to the whole soil individual and then appreciate how those parts function together.

Some of the features of this new edition include:
  • Enhanced discussion of environmental issues.
    — Puts learning about soils into an environmental context.
  • An emphasis on the correct use of scale in all figures.
    — Helps readers become aware of the vast range involved, from organisms as small as viruses, to the expanse of landscapes.
  • Focuses on soils as ecosystems, as parts of ecosystems, and as parts of environmental management.
    — Helps readers to understand how each soil part relates to each other.

Singer and Munns' Soils: An Introduction, fifth edition is a must-have for anyone interested in learning about soils.

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