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Soil Science Simplified, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-8138-2942-5
225 pages
December 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
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Soil Science Simplified presents the basic principles of soil science that govern the use of soil for all purposes related to plant growth, soils engineering, and conservation.

The fourth edition has been expanded to give greater depth to topics included in the previous edition. Improvements include:
1 Updated examples, figures, and text reflecting current research and practice
2 Additional discussion related to the environmental aspects of soil science
3 New developments brought about by computer technology
4 The latest changes in the classification of soils

This easily readable resource is ideal for use as a high school agriculture textbook, an undergraduate introductory soil science supplemental text, or an illustrated reference for students, farmers, and related professionals.

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Table of Contents


1. The Soil Around Us.

2. Soil Formation.

3. Soil Physical properties.

4. Soil biology.

5. Soil Colloids and Chemistry.

6. Soil Water.

7. Soil Temperature and heat flow.

8. Soil fertility and plant Nutrition.

9. Soil management.

10. Soil Conservation.

11. Soil Classification.

12. Soil Surveys.

13. Soil Engineering.



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Author Information

Milo I. Harpstead, Ph.D., is certified as a Professional Soil Classifier with the American Registry of Certified Professionals in Agronomy, Crops, and Soils (ARCPACS) within the Society of American Agriculture. He is a former Professor of Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Dr. Harpstead also has taught and supervised research for students in Nigeria, Malaysia, Germany, and Australia.

Thomas J. Sauer, Ph.D., spent three years as a Soil Physicist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service Biomass Center in Arkansas and is now a Soil Scientist for the national Soil Tilth Laboratory, Ames, Iowa, where he conducts research on soil management impacts related to agroecology and air quality.

William F. Bennett, Ph.D., has been involved in teaching Soils, Soil Fertility, and Crops for over 40 years. He is a former Director of Development for the College of Agricultural Science and national Resources at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. In addition to work as a Soil fertility Consultant, Dr. Bennett is currently involved in educational programs in the fertilizer industry, with emphasis on the Certified Crop Advisor Program.

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The Wiley Advantage

* quintessential tool for for understanding how soil works, what it does and how it works
* core textbook for undergraduates in soil science
* reorganised , expanded and updated version of this proven introductory textbook
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