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Handbook of Soil Sciences Resource Management and Environmental Impacts

Edited by: Pan Ming Huang , Yuncong Li , Malcolm E. Sumner

Print publication date:  November  2011
Online publication date:  November  2011

Print ISBN: 9781439803073
eBook ISBN: 9781439803080
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An evolving, living organic/inorganic covering, soil is in dynamic equilibrium with the atmosphere above, the biosphere within, and the geology below. It acts as an anchor for roots, a purveyor of water and nutrients, a residence for a vast community of microorganisms and animals, a sanitizer of the environment, and a source of raw materials for construction and manufacturing. To develop lasting solutions to the challenges of balanced use and stewardship of the Earth, we require a fundamental understanding of soil?from its elastic, porous three-phase system to its components, processes, and reactions.

Handbook of Soil Sciences: Resource Management and Environmental Impacts, Second Edition is the second of two volumes that form a comprehensive reference on the discipline of soil science. Completely revised and updated to reflect the current state of knowledge, this volume covers interfacial interactions between the physical, chemical, and biological regimes within the soil; the factors that control the availability of plant nutrients and microelements; interdisciplinary aspects of soil science, including salinity, sodicity, and soil erosion; and soil databases for assessing worldwide soil resources.

Critical elements addressed in each section include:

  • Descriptions of concepts and theories
  • Definitions, approaches, methodologies, and procedures
  • Data in tabular and figure format
  • Extensive references

This cohesive handbook provides a thorough understanding of soil science principles and practices based on a rigorous, complete, and up-to-date treatment of the subject matter compiled by leading scientists. It is a resource rich in data, offering professional soil scientists, agronomists, engineers, ecologists, biologists, naturalists, and students their first point of entry into a particular aspect of the soil sciences.

Table of contents

Chapter  1:  The Role of Synchrotron Radiation in Elucidating the Biogeochemistry of Metal(loids) and Nutrients at Critical Zone Interfaces Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Clay–Organic Interactions in Soil Environments Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Nanoscale Science and Technology in Soil Science Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Impacts of Environmental Nanoparticles on Chemical, Biological, and Hydrological Processes in Terrestrial Ecosystems Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Enzymatic Activity as Influenced by Soil Mineral and Humic Colloids and Its Impact on Biogeochemical Processes Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Biogeochemical, Biophysical, and Biological Processes in the Rhizosphere Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Mineralogical, Physicochemical, and Microbiological Controls on Soil Organic Matter Stabilization and Turnover Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Impact of Soil Physical, Chemical, and Biological Interactions on the Transformation of Metals and Metalloids Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Soil Physicochemical and Biological Interfacial Processes Governing the Fate of Anthropogenic Organic Pollutants Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Impact of Soil Physicochemical and Biological Reactions on Transport of Nutrients and Pollutants in the Critical Zone Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Bioavailability of N, P, K, Ca, Mg, S, Si, and Micronutrients Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Soil Acidity and Liming Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Soil Fertility Evaluation Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Fundamentals of Fertilizer Application Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Nutrient and Water Use Efficiency Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Nutrient Interactions in Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Saline and Boron-Affected Soils Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Sodicity Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Soil Water Repellency Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Biogeochemistry of Wetlands Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Acid Sulfate Soils Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Water Erosion Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Wind Erosion Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Land Application of Wastes Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Conservation Tillage Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Soil Quality Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Qualitative and Quantitative Aspects of World and Regional Soil Databases and Maps Download PDF
Chapter  28:  United States Soil Survey Databases Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Integrated Digital, Spatial, and Attribute Databases for Soils in Brazil Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Development and Use of Soil Maps and Databases in China Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Soil Geographic Database of Russia Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Soil Databases in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Learning about Soil Resources with Digital Soil Maps Download PDF
prelims Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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