This textbook is designed for use in university courses on the subject and as a reference book for practitioners and students. The work describes the physical properties of soils and how these properties affect agriculture and the environment. It is unique in its inclusion of pedology, taxonomy and pedotransfer functions.
Table of contents
Preface; Soil physics in perspective; Calculations of dimensions of physical quantities; Soil texture; Soil structure; Fate and transport of mass and energy; Soil temperature; Soil aeration; Soil water principles; Soil water flow; Soil water flow processes in the field; Solute transport; Soil-plant-water relations; Appendices - Review of geostatistics and the variability of soil properties; Review of mathematics; Review of physics; Index.
* definitions of essential terms and concepts
* examples and problems presenting opportunities for the review and application of knowledge to real-world situations
* appendices reviewing basics of mathematics, physics and statistics
* descriptions of the physical properties for the characterisation of the solid phase of the soil
* discussion of the role of the solid phase in the retention and transport of mass and energy
* emphasis on the use of balance, steady-state and transient-state equations of mass and energy transport
* principles associated with soil temperature and gas transport
* discussion of the content, energy status and flow of soil water
* principles of solute transport in soil
* descriptions of the interactions between solutes and solid, liquid and gaseous phases
* discussion of soil-plant-water relationships