Original German edition published by Spektrum Akademischer Verlag GmbH Heidelberg, 2002
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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:
Physical, chemical and biological characteristics
Occurrence and distribution
Use and endangering
Processes influencing soil formation
Diagrams showing profile characteristics and soil formation processes
Photographs of soil profiles
Photographs of soil-scapes and
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