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First comprehensive treatment of the discipline of Cryopedology
Single-author treatment of topic in a concise fashion
35 color photographs of soils, vegetation, landforms, and special features
The author has 43 years of experience in the Arctic, Antarctic, and alpine regions
The material has been used to teach a university course at the undergraduate-graduate level
This is the first book solely devoted to Cryopedology, the study of soils of cold regions. The analysis treats Cryosols as a three-part system (active layer, transition layer, permafrost). The book considers soil-forming factors, cryogenic processes, and classification and distribution of Cryosols. Cryosols of the Arctic, Antarctica, and the high mountains are considered in detail. The chapters address cryosols and earth-system science, cryosols in a changing climate, cryosols databases and their use, and management of cryosols. The book is rich in color photographs and highlights the author’s 43 field trips to Antarctica, the Arctic, and alpine areas.
Introduction.- Cryosols: a Three-Part System.- Description, sampling and analysis of Cryosols.- Soil Formatting Factors.- Cryogenic Processes.- Classification of Cryosols.- Distribution of Cryosols.- Arctic Cryosols.- Antartic Cryosols.- Alpine Cryosols.- Cryosols and Earth-system Sciences.- Cryosols in a Changing Climate.- Management of Cryosols.- Cryosol Databases and Their Use.