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Soils and the Environment By Alan Wild (University of Reading)

Soils and the Environment
by Alan Wild (University of Reading)

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This introductory text provides an introduction to general soil properties and processes and considers soil in relation to both the man-made and the natural environment.
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Soils and the Environment by Alan Wild (University of Reading)

Soil is one of humankind's most important resources, providing for the growth of arable crops, grassland and trees, which give us food, fibre, and timber. As part of the natural environment, soil supports the plant growth needed for the cycling of gases, provides a habitat for a wide range of organisms, buffers the flow of water and solutes between the atmosphere and ground and surface waters, and acts as both a source and sink for gases in the atmosphere. This introductory text aims to help students understand the behaviour of soils in both the man-made and the natural environment. The book is structured in two parts: Part A is an introduction to general soil properties and processes, whilst Part B considers soil in relation to the environment, covering topics such as the role of soil in supporting plant growth, in maintaining a clean environment, and in the flux of atmospheric gases. Issues such as acidification, contamination, conservation and erosion are also considered.

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Soils and the Environment Reviews


'... clearly written and extremely well set ...' Experimental Agriculture
'... highly recommended ...' Environment International
'... a text which is readily understood, scientifically sound and valuable within an environmental context.' W. A. Adams, Journal of Agricultural Science
"A good addition to an undergraduate-level library collection." H.N. Cunningham, Choice
"Written in an accessible style...Useful for those who wish to gain an insight into how soil shapes our world." Abstracts of Public Administration Development and Environment

Table of Contents


Preface; Units, symbols and general information; 1. Introduction: Soil in a natural and man-made environment; Part I. Soil Properties and Processes: 2. The soil components; 3. Development of soils; 4. Sorptive properties of soil; 5. Organisms and soil processes; 6. Movement of water, air, solutes and heat in soil; Part II. Soils in Relation to the Environment: 7. Soil as a medium for plant growth; 8. Soil conditions and crop production; 9. Soil acidification; 10. Heavy metals and radionuclides in soil; 11. Soils, the atmosphere, global warming and ozone depletion; 12. Soil erosion and conservation; 13. Soils in the environment: problems and solutions; Subject index.

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GOR001922087
Soils and the Environment by Alan Wild (University of Reading)
Alan Wild (University of Reading)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
1993-01-28
308
0521438594
9780521438599
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Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.