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Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth
by William Bryant Logan

"You are about to read a lot about dirt, which no one knows very much about." So begins the cult classic that brings mystery and magic to "that stuff that won't come off your collar."

John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Saint Phocas, Darwin, and Virgil parade through this thought-provoking work, taking their place next to the dung beetle, the compost heap, dowsing, historical farming, and the microscopic biota that till the soil. With fresh eyes and heartfelt reverence, William Bryant Logan variously observes, "There is glamour to the study of rock"; "The most mysterious place on Earth is right beneath our feet"; and "Dirt is the gift of each to all."

Whether Logan is traversing the far reaches of the cosmos or plowing through our planet's crust, his delightful, elegant, and surprisingly soulful meditations greatly enrich our concept of "dirt," that substance from which we all arise and to which we all must return.

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc. Pub. Date: November 2006 ISBN-13: 9780393329476 224pp Edition Description: Reprint

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Elements of the Nature and Properties of Soils
by Nyle C. Brady, Raymond Weil

With an emphasis on the fundamentals, this book explores the important world of soils and the principles that can be used to minimize the degradation and destruction of one of our most important natural resources. Fully updated in this edition, it includes the latest information on soil colloids; nutrient cycles and soil fertility; and soils and chemical pollution. This edition is filled with hundreds of new figures and photos and continues to use examples from many fields, including agriculture, forestry, and natural resources. Taking an ecological approach, it emphasizes how the soil system is interconnected and the principles behind each soil concept. Updated information in this edition includes:

Engineering properties of soils
Expanded treatment of soil quality, soil degradation and soil resilience
A new section on septic tank drain fields
Expanded section on irrigation management
A new section on wetlands and their poorly aerated soils

Publisher: Prentice Hall Pub. Date: June 29, 2009 ISBN-13: 9780135014332 624pp Edition Number: 3

013501433
Price: $134.60

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Handbook of Soil Sciences: Resource Management Volume 2
by Pan Ming Huang (Editor), Yuncong Li (Editor), Malcolm E. Sumner (Editor)

An evolving, living organic/inorganic covering, soil is in dynamic equilibrium with the atmosphere above, the biosphere within, and the geology below. It acts as an anchor for roots, a purveyor of water and nutrients, a residence for a vast community of microorganisms and animals, a sanitizer of the environment, and a source of raw materials for construction and manufacturing. To develop lasting solutions to the challenges of balanced use and stewardship of the Earth, we require a fundamental understanding of soil—from its elastic, porous three-phase system to its components, processes, and reactions.

Handbook of Soil Sciences: Resource Management and Environmental Impacts, Second Edition is the second of two volumes that form a comprehensive reference on the discipline of soil science. Completely revised and updated to reflect the current state of knowledge, this volume covers interfacial interactions between the physical, chemical, and biological regimes within the soil; the factors that control the availability of plant nutrients and microelements; interdisciplinary aspects of soil science, including salinity, sodicity, and soil erosion; and soil databases for assessing worldwide soil resources.

Critical elements addressed in each section include:

Descriptions of concepts and theories
Definitions, approaches, methodologies, and procedures
Data in tabular and figure format
Extensive references

This cohesive handbook provides a thorough understanding of soil science principles and practices based on a rigorous, complete, and up-to-date treatment of the subject matter compiled by leading scientists. It is a resource rich in data, offering professional soil scientists, agronomists, engineers, ecologists, biologists, naturalists, and students their first point of entry into a particular aspect of the soil sciences.

Pub. Date: December 2011 Publisher: CRC Press Series: Handbook of Soil Science Series ISBN-13: 9781439803073 Edition Description: New Edition
143980307

Price: $139.95

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HUANG HANDBOOK OF SOIL SC
by Pan Ming Huang (Editor), Yuncong Li (Editor), Malcolm E. Sumner (Editor)

An evolving, living organic/inorganic covering, soil is in dynamic equilibrium with the atmosphere above, the biosphere within, and the geology below. It acts as an anchor for roots, a purveyor of water and nutrients, a residence for a vast community of microorganisms and animals, a sanitizer of the environment, and a source of raw materials for construction and manufacturing. To develop lasting solutions to the challenges of balanced use and stewardship of the Earth, we require a fundamental understanding of soil—from its elastic, porous three-phase system to its components, processes, and reactions.

Handbook of Soil Sciences: Properties and Processes, Second Edition is the first of two volumes that form a comprehensive reference on the discipline of soil science. Completely revised and updated to reflect the current state of knowledge, this volume covers the traditional areas of soil science: soil physics, soil chemistry, soil mineralogy, soil biology and biochemistry, and pedology. Contributors discuss the application of physical principles to characterize the soil system and mass and energy transport processes within the critical zone. They present significant advances in soil chemistry; describe how minerals are formed and transformed; and provide an introduction to the soil biota. They also examine geomorphology, land use, hydropedology, and subaqueous soils as well as the classification and digital mapping of soil.

Critical elements addressed in each section include:

Descriptions of concepts and theories
Definitions, approaches, methodologies, and procedures
Data in tabular and figure format
Extensive references

This cohesive handbook provides a thorough understanding of soil science principles and practices based on a rigorous, complete, and up-to-date treatment of the subject matter compiled by leading scientists. It is a resource rich in data, offering professional soil scientists, agronomists, engineers, ecologists, biologists, naturalists, and students their first point of entry into a particular aspect of the soil sciences.

EDITION:2nd Edition ISBN-13:9781439803059 PUBLISHER: CRC Press
143980305

Price: $159.95

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Hydropedology

Hydropedology is a microcosm for what is happening in Soil Science. Once a staid discipline found in schools of agriculture devoted to increasing crop yield, soil science is transforming itself into an interdisciplinary mulch with great significance not only for food production but also climate change, ecology, preservation of natural resources, forestry, and carbon sequestration. Hydropedology brings together pedology (soil characteristics) with hydrology (movement of water) to understand and achieve the goals now associated with modern soil science.

Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780123869418
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 9/12/2012
  • Pages: 858
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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012386941
Price: $125.00

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Out of the Earth: Civilization and the Life of the Soil
by Daniel J. Hillel

As the crucible of life, the source and final resting place of everything that grows, soil inspires reverence not only in the peasant who derives his daily bread from it, but also in the scientist who contemplates its meaning as the place where life and death meet and exchange vital energies . Out of the Earth is the culmination of the author's long career in conservation. This history of man's use and misuse of soil and water combines a description of the complex inner processes that form soil with a lyrical assertion of its powers and significance.

Publisher: University of California Press Pub. Date: September 1992 ISBN-13: 9780520080805 322pp Edition Description: Reprint Edition Number: 1

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052008080
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Soil Essentials: Managing Your Farm's Primary Asset
by Roger Hall

Soil Essentials is a practical reference for farmers and land managers covering soil issues commonly encountered at the farm level. Written in a straightforward style, it explains the principles of soil management and the interpretation of soil tests, and how to use this information to address long-term soil and enterprise viability.

This book demonstrates how minerals, trace elements, organic matter, soil organisms and fertilizers affect soil, plant and animal health. It shows how to recognise soil decline, and how to repair soils affected by nutrient imbalances, depleted soil microbiology, soil erosion, compaction, structural decline, soil sodicity and salinity. The major problem soils – sodic soils, light sandy soils, heavy clay soils and acid sulphate soils – are all examined.

With this information, farmers and land managers will be able to consider the costs and financial benefits of good soil management.

Pub. Date: July 2008 Publisher: CSIRO Publishing Format: Paperback, 192pp
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Price: $49.95

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Soil Fertility and Fertilizers
by John L. Havlin, Samuel L. Tisdale, Werner L. Nelson, S. Tisdale, J. Beaton

Long regarded as the leading book in the field, this volume provides a basic introduction to the biological, chemical, and physical properties affecting soil fertility and plant nutrition. It covers all aspects of nutrient management for profitable crop production, with particular attention to minimizing the environmental impact of soil and fertilizer management. The Seventh Edition has been substantially revised to reflect rapidly advancing knowledge and technologies in both plant nutrition and nutrient management. Crop specific data to estimate nutrient status and needs for many diverse products are provided, as well as example calculations that are routinely used in the market make this a comprehensive resource tool. Nutrient management, water use, and economics are all fully covered. Comprehensive discussions of the development and use of nutrient recommendation systems make this an excellent reference and must-read for soil professionals, technical service providers, extension agents, and crop consultants.

Publisher: Prentice Hall Pub. Date: July 2004 ISBN-13: 9780130278241 528pp Edition Description: REV Edition Number: 7

013027824
Price: $161.15

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Soil in the Environment
by Daniel Hillel

Key for every course in soil science, earth science, and environmental disciplines, this textbook engages students to critically look at soil as the central link in the function and creation of the terrestrial environment. For the first time, Dr. Hillel brilliantly discusses soils as a natural body that is engaged in dynamic interaction with the atmosphere above and the strata below that influences the planet's climate and hydrological cycle, and serves as the primary habitat for a versatile community of living organisms.

Soil in the Environment offers a larger perspective of soil's impact on the environment by organizing chapters among three main processes: Physical, Chemical and Biology. It provides students of geology, physical science, and environmental studies with fundamental information and tools for meeting the natural resource challenges of the 21st Century, while providing students of soil science and ecology with the understanding of physical and biological interactions necessary for sustainability.

Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books Pub. Date: December 2007 ISBN-13: 9780123485366 325pp Edition Description: New Edition Edition Number: 1

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Price: $79.95

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Soil Solarization: Theory and Practice

Soil Solarization: Theory and Practice summarizes and updates the vast amount of information on soil solarization made available in the 20 years since the previous book on this topic was published. It provides the reader with an updated and comprehensive view of the solarization concept and its application, including the disinfestation of soils of plant pathogens and pests, innovations in the implementation of integrated pest management practices, and the importance of these technologies in view of changes in the kinds and uses of soil fumigants. It also summarizes new post-plant treatments for controlling plant pests and pathogens and the technology of soil disinfestation in various cropping systems.

Soil solarization is a relatively new, nonchemical method of pest and pathogen control by soil disinfestation. It was the environmentally friendly, cost effective answer to the methyl bromide crisis and through this book everyone in agriculture can come to understand the benefits of the concept made possible through advances in plastic mulch technology.

Soil Solarization: Theory and Practice is well suited for a variety of crops and agricultural expertise levels. Extension experts, policy makers in agriculture, and growers, as well as professionals employed at universities, private research organizations, and plant protection services, and even individuals involved in agriculture or agrochemistry will all come to rely on this book. It can also be helpful for those teaching students an introductory course of plant pathology, crop protection, and pest and disease management.


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