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Covers the basic facts, concepts, and uses of soils for scientists, engineers, technologists, environmentalists, and planners. Provides a comprehensive, alphabetical treatment of basic soil science in a single volume.
Covers information on the world's variegated soils, their origins, properties, classification, and roles in the biosphere. Articles survey specific aspects of soil biology, ecology, chemistry and physics, while also covering cross-disciplinary subjects, such as the history of soil utilization for agricultural and engineering purposes and soils in relation to the remediation of pollution and the mitigation of global climate change.
Contains definitive descriptions of each major area in soil science; including its fundamental principles, appropriate methods to measure each property, and guidelines for the interpretation of the data for various applications. Several major subdisciplines are discussed.