Encyclopedia of Soil Science [E-Book] / edited by Ward Chesworth.
Chesworth, Ward.
Dordrecht : Springer, 2008.
online resource
9781402039959
Environment ; Soil Science and Conservation ; Geoecology and Natural Processes ; Agriculture ; Physical Geography ; Geotechnical Engineering
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Soils long have been taken for granted being so commonplace and lacking often striking features. However, soil is one of the most complex media on Earth, vital for the biogeosphere and human civilization. With increased usage of soil for world food production, building materials, waste repositories, etc awareness has grown for the need of better global understanding of soil and its processes. The Encyclopedia of Soil Science provides a comprehensive, alphabetical treatment of basic soil science in a single volume. It constitutes a wide ranging and authorative collection of about 160 academic articles covering the salient aspects of soil physics, chemistry, biology, fertility, technology, genesis, morphology, classification and geomorphology. The longer articles by leading authorities from around the world are being supplemented by ca 430 definitions of common terms in soil sciences. It should be emphasized though that the volume is not a dictionary but represents a compendium of knowledge.