For Introduction to Soils or Fundamentals of Soil Science courses. Also for courses in Soil Fertility, Forest Soils, Soil Management, Land Resources, Earth Science, and Soil Geography.
Developed for Introduction to Soils or Soil Science courses, The Nature and Properties of Soils, 14e can be used in courses such as Soil Fertility, Land Resources, Earth Science and Soil Geography. Now in its 14th edition, this text is designed to help make students study of soils a fascinating and intellectually satisfying experience. Written for both majors and non-majors, this text highlights the many interactions between the soil and other components of forest, range, agricultural, wetland and constructed ecosystems.
A Fun, Readable, and Thorough Introduction to Soil Science, June 11, 2002
Reviewer: Amber Kerr, Berkeley, CA, USA
My "Science of Soils" class at Stanford University (Autumn '01) used "The Nature and Properties of Soils" as our main textbook. It is clearly written, easy to read, and has lots of helpful figures (including graphs, diagrams, drawings, and black-and-white and color photos). The chapters are well organized, so that you can find exactly what you need to know. The authors include hundreds of websites for those who want more information, and make the book more readable by starting off each chapter with a quote and a "big picture" statement.
"The Nature and Properties of Soils" has a good mix of theoretical and practical information. Wherever possible, the authors do sample calculations and describe applications for agriculture, ecology, and engineering. They thoroughly cover every major topic in soil science, as well as delving into some more specialized ones (for example, symptoms of micronutrient deficiencies in plants).
In conclusion, I've found this textbook to be both very information-rich and very readable, and highly recommend it. (The other day I caught my boyfriend, who's a materials engineer, reading it for fun... that's about the highest accolade any textbook can get!)
Preface is available for download in PDF format.
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New section on septic tank drain fields
- An environmental application of soil science of major importance
Expanded and totally revised section on irrigation management
- An important topic for students interested in irrigation in the Western US
Updated section on engineering properties of soils
- Includes consistence, consistency, soil strength and sudden failure in cohesive and non-cohesive soils
Text is organized with several cross referencing chapters
- Allows instructors flexibility when teaching the course
Special topics are treated in boxes
- Instructors can use the boxes to highlight topics that are covered in their classroom structure
Study questions have been added to the end of each chapter to help students think and review the topics and their interactions
- 10 to 15 questions per chapter
New to This Edition
The number of color plates have been doubled
- 35 high quality images illustrating nutrient deficiencies, soil landscapes and soil management practices
Topic discussions have been updated
- Textual and visual material has been updated to ensure students have the most up-to-date information
New study questions and problems added
- Questions are drawn from topics such as exosphere concept, sub aqueous soils, geography, soils and human health.
New and expanded discussion of ORGANIC FARMING (Chapter 20) and expanded explanations of principles and practices relevant to organic agriculture (through out).
New detailed discussion of soil quality concepts and assessment (including worked problems) and solutions for enhancing productivity and sustainability of resource poor farmers of the tropics - Chapter 20
Table of Contents
1 The Soils Around Us
2 Formation of Soils from Parent Materials
3 Soil Classification
4 Soil Architecture and Physical Properties
5 Soil Water: Characteristics and Behavior
6 Soil and the Hydrologic Cycle
7 Soil Aeration and Temperature
8 Soil Colloids: Seat of Soil Chemical and Physical Activity
9 Soil Acidity
10 Soils of Dry Regions: Alkalinity, Salinity, and Sodicity
11 Organisms and Ecology of the Soil
12 Soil Organic Matter
13 Nitrogen and Sulfur Economy of Soils
14 Soil Phosphorus and Potassium
15 Micronutrients and Other Trace Elements
16 Practical Nutrient Management
17 Soil Erosion and Its Control
18 Soils and Chemical Pollution
19 Geographic Soils Information
20 Prospects for Global Soil Quality
Appendix A Soil Classification: World Resource Base; Autralian and Canadian Systems
Appendix B SI Units, Conversion Factors, Periodic Table of the Elements and Scentific Names of Plants Mentioned
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About the Author(s)
Dr. Raymond Weil, Professor, University of Maryland College Park
B.S. in Crop Science from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1970.
M.S. in Soil Science from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1973.
Ph.D. in Soil Ecology from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 1977.
Elected Fellow in 2003 of both the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy.
Weil has been active in soil science research since 1972 and has made many contributions in the areas of nutrient cycling and management, environmental impact of soil management, and assessment of soil quality. His current research is focused on the assessment and improvement of soil quality and organic matter. He has conducted research in several countries outside the United States, including Ethiopia, Chad, Brazil, Honduras, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Tanzania. In addition to his teaching at the University of Maryland, he has conducted many training workshops for such agencies as the USDA, The World Bank, The Rodale Research Institute, and the International Food Policy Center.
Dr. Weil has authored or coauthored more than 100 scientific publications in soil science and related areas.
Dr. Nyle Brady
Dr. Brady has, since 1947, worked in education, research and research administration, focusing on both international and U.S. issues. He is past president of the SSSA and served six years as Editor-in-Chief of the SSSA Proceedings and is Emeritus Professor at Cornell University. He has served in leadership positions with Cornell University, the International Rice Research Institute, USAID, the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank. He is recognized around the world as author and co-author of eleven editions of the world's most widely used soil science textbook, The Nature and Properties of Soils.
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