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Soils: Basic Concepts and Future Challenges

Soils: Basic Concepts and Future Challenges

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Edited by Giacomo Certini, Riccardo Scalenghe
Cambridge University Press, 12/10/2006
EAN 9780521851732, ISBN10: 0521851734

Hardcover, 328 pages, 24.6 x 17.8 x 2.3 cm

This book was born as an international tribute to Fiorenzo C. Ugolini, an outstanding soil scientist who recently retired from university teaching and research. It is a fully up-to-date synthesis of the present knowledge of soils, their genesis, functions and management, and includes contributions from leading soil scientists. It provides the basic concepts as well as the latest data and practical examples from across the discipline. The book also discusses the increasingly important role of soils in enabling the preservation of life and contains a rare attempt to cross-harmonize the Soil Groups of the World Reference Base of Soil Resources with the Orders of the Soil Taxonomy. It also considers the possible existence of extraterrestrial soils based on the findings from the last space missions. This volume will be a valuable resource for researchers and students of soil science, soil conservation, geography and landscape ecology.

'... this book covers a wide range of topics, contains useful and contemporary information for students and educators as well as for soil scientists.' Il Suolo 'This book is written with the upper level undergraduate students, graduate students, and the teaching staff in mind and should be of value to those working in the areas of soil and water conservation, pedology, geology, geography, geomorphology and landscape ecology.' Soil Science Society of America Journal 'As a student text, this book will be most useful for those final year undergraduate students who have had at least an introduction to the subject ... Novices are likely to find the concise summary of each field most helpful in itself and a gateway into the literature. The chapters are well-referenced and up to date.' European Journal of Soil Science