Environmental Soil Science

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Dekker, 1994 - Science - 304 pages
This invaluable reference/text relates the principles of environmental issues to soil science - illustrating the effect of environmental factors on the formation of different kinds of soils and explicating the impact of climate and vegetation in determining the distribution of soils throughout the world. Discussing soil constituents in the solid, liquid, and gas phases, Environmental Soil Science shows how to manage resources in accordance with natural ecosystems and demonstrates the best methods of pollution prevention ... stresses the influence of the environment on the weathering of primary minerals and the formation of clay minerals ... highlights organic components, gaseous components, biochemical reactions, and their involvement with the pollution of soil and air ... describes soil water and macro- and micronutrients ... explains the electrochemical properties of clay and humic acids as well as their role in pollution ... examines crop production techniques and the changes they bring to soils and the environment ... summarizes alternative methods of crop production, including soilless agriculture and biotechnology ... assesses the implications of agricultural and industrial wastes to environmental quality, addressing acid rain, the greenhouse effect, and ozone destruction ... and more. Written by an internationally recognized authority with over 35 years of industrial and academic experience, Environmental Soil Science is an indispensable reference for soil scientists, chemists, and biochemists; environmentalists; agronomists; agricultural engineers; foresters; hydrologists; geologists; and ecologists; and an incomparable text for all upper-level undergraduate and graduatestudents taking courses in environmental soil science, soil chemistry, forest resources, and ecology.

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