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Earth Sciences & Geography - Geography | Soils of the World

Soils of the World

Zech, Wolfgang, Hintermaier-Erhard, Gerd

Original German edition published by Spektrum Akademischer Verlag GmbH Heidelberg, 2002

2015, 180p.

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  • About this book

  • Describes and comprehensively illustrates all earth soils in accordance with the worldwide WRB Classification (World Reference Base for Soil Resources)
  • Presents soil in the context of the natural habitat
  • Structured in line with ecological zones
  • Extremely instructive photographs and graphs combine to make this publication an excellent reference book about the earth’s soils and their distribution

This book describes and comprehensively illustrates all earth soils in accordance with the prevailing worldwide WRB classification. However, it goes far beyond description and definition, by presenting the soils in the context of the natural habitats in which they occur. The book is structured in line with ecological zones. Initially their location, the climate and the vegetation as well as the factors influencing the constitution of the soil are briefly presented. All soils representative of the corresponding ecological zone are then defined and described in detail:

Definition

Diagnostic features

Physical, chemical and biological characteristics

Occurrence and distribution

Use and endangering

Processes influencing soil formation

Distribution maps

Diagrams showing profile characteristics and soil formation processes

Photographs of soil profiles

Photographs of soil-scapes and

Soil catenas

All these factors contribute to producing an impression of their characteristics as well as their natural surroundings. The very instructive photographs and graphs combine to make the publication an excellent reference book about the earth’s soils and their distribution.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Ecology - Soil Science - Soil Taxonomy - WRB - World Reference Base for Soils Resources

Related subjects » Environmental Science & Engineering - Geography - Soil Science

Table of contents 

Polar and Subpolar Zone.- Boreal Zone.- Humid Middle Latitudes.- Arid Middle Latitudes.- Winter Moist Subtropics.- Arid Tropics and Subtropics.- Wet-Dry Tropics.- Moist Subtropics.- Wet Tropics.- Mountain Regions.- Ubiquitous Soils.

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