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Soil Geography of the USA

A Diagnostic-Horizon Approach

Bockheim, James G.

2014, XXVII, 320 p. 58 illus., 43 illus. in color.

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  • First comprehensive understanding of factors controlling the distribution of diagnostic soil horizons
  • First USA soil geography book in 33 years
  • Contains photographs of all diagnostic horizons and maps of their distribution in USA
Since 1980, our understanding of the factors and processes governing the distribution of soils on the Earth’s surface has increased dramatically, as have the techniques for studying soil patterns. The approach used in this book relies on the National Resources Conservation Service databases to delineate the distribution of each of the eight diagnostic epipedons and 19 subsurface horizons, to identify the taxonomic level at which each of these horizons is used, to develop an understanding of the role of the factors and processes in their formation, and to summarize our latest understanding of their genesis. A chapter is devoted to each diagnostic horizon (or combined horizons). This book is intended to serve as a textbook in soil geography, a reference book for geographers, ecologists, and geologists, and a tool for soil instructors, landlookers, mappers, classifiers, and information technologists.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Diagnostic Soil Horizons - Soil Classification - Soil Formation - Soil Geography - USA Soil Taxonomy

Related subjects » Geography - Soil Science

Table of contents 

Introduction.- Methods.- Anthropic and Plaggen Epipedons.- Melanic Epipedon.- Mollic Epipedon.- Umbric Epipedon.- Ochric Epipedon.- Histic and Folistic Epipedons.- Agric Horizon.- Albic Horizon.- Argillic, Kandic and Natric Horizons.- Calcic and Petrocalcic Horizons.- Cambic Horizon.- Duripan Horizon.- Fragipan Horizon.- Glossic Horizon.- Gypic and Petrogypsic Horizons.- Ortstein and Placic Horizons.- Oxic Horizon.- Salic Horizon.- Sombric Horizon.- Spodic Horizon.- Ultramafic Soils.- Soils with Lamellae.- Soils with Plinthite.- Summary.- Future of Soil Taxonomy.- Appendices.

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