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Environmental Sciences - Soil Science | The Soils of Bulgaria

The Soils of Bulgaria

Shishkov, Toma, Kolev, N.

2014, XVI, 208 p. 170 illus., 86 illus. in color.

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  • Focuses on the soils of Bulgaria
  • Discusses past and present land use in relation to landscape
  • Presents case studies, describing soil genesis and management issues
  • Contains high quality photographs, graphics and maps

The Soils of Bulgaria offers a comprehensive analysis of the characteristics of soils and concepts on their magnitude. The purpose of the book is to introduce readers to the soil problematic and ecology in Bulgaria.

The volume is divided into 3 parts. The first includes historical facts on soil research in Bulgaria, as well as general conditions and factors of soil formation, while the second applies an original pedological approach. The book’s third part focuses on essential information concerning land use/cover in Bulgaria.

 Each of the 13 chapters deals more specifically with fundamental chemical and physical soil properties, concepts of soil evolution, old and modern processes, geographic distribution, climatic conditions, topography, parent materials, plant associations, morphology, and the relationship with different classification systems.

The interactions between soil status and management are also highlighted. The use of the latest, statistically significant data ensures precise conclusions. The book also includes a large number of charts and new illustrations.

 The Soils of Bulgaria is crucial reading material for anyone interested in soil management and agriculture in Easter Europe, from students to policy makers and is also of particular interest for researchers in the field.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Bulgaria - geology - land use - landscape - soil

Related subjects » Agriculture - Environmental Science & Engineering - Geography - Paleoenvironmental Sciences - Soil Science

Table of contents 

Contents.- Preface and acknowledgements.- Introduction.- Chapter 1 General facts of soils in Bulgaria.- 1.1 Soil research in Bulgaria.- 1.2 Classification of soils in Bulgaria.- 1.3 Conditions and factors of soil formation.- Chapter 2 Major soil types in Bulgaria.- 2 Chernozems.- 2.1 Concept of the type.- 2.2 Ecology of soil formation.- 2.3 Soil diagnostic and classification.- 2.4 Soil properties and soil management.- Chapter 3. Grey-brown forest soils.- 3.1 Concept of type.- 3.2 Ecology of soil formation.- 3.3 Soil diagnostic and classification.- 3.4 Soil properties and soil management.- Chapter 4. Pseudopodzolic soils.- 4.1 Concept of the type.- 4.2 Ecology of soil formation.- 4.3 Soil diagnostic and classification.- 4.4 Soil properties and soil management.- Chapter 5. Zheltozem soils.- 5.1 Concept of type.- 5.2 Ecology of soil formation.- 5.3 Soil diagnostic and classification.- 5.4 Soil properties and soil management.- Chapter 6. Smolnitza.- 6.1 Concept of type.- 6.2 Ecology of soil formation.- 6.3 Soil diagnostic and classification.- 6.4 Soil properties and soil management.- Chapter 7. Cinnamonic forest soils.- 7.1 Concept of type.- 7.2 Ecology of soil formation.- 7.3 Soil diagnostic and classification.- 7.4 Soil properties and soil management.- Chapter 8 Brown Forest Soils.- 8.1 Concept of type.- 8.2 Ecology of Soil formation.- 8.3 Soil diagnostic and classification.- 8.4 Soil properties and soil management.- Chapter 9  Dark mountainous forest and mountainous meadow soils.- 9.1 Concept of type.- 9.2 Ecology of Soil Formation.- 9.3 Soil Diagnostic and classification.- 9.4 Soil properties and soil management.- Chapter 10 Alluvial and deluvial soils.- 10.1 Concept of type.- 10.2 Ecology of Soil formation.- 10.3 Soil Diagnostic and classification.- 10.4 Soil Properties and soil management.- Chapter 11 Hydromorphic soils with gleyic properties.- 11.1 Concept of type.- 11.2 Ecology of soil formation.- 11.3 Soil diagnostic and classification.- 11.4 Soil properties and soil management.- Chapter 12 Saline soils.- 12.1 Concept of type.- 12.2 Ecology of soil formation.- 12.3 Soil  diagnostic and classification.- 12.4 Soil properties and management.- Chapter 13 Soils manifested slight development.- 13.1 Concept of type.- 13.2 Ecology of soil formation.- 13.3 Soil diagnostic and classification.- 13.4 Soil properties and soil management.- Chapter 14 Rendzinas (humus-calcareous) soils.- 14.1 Concept of type.- 14.2 Ecology of soil formation.- 14.3 Soil diagnostic and classification.- 14.4 Soil properties and soil management.- Chapter 15 Land use/cover in Bulgaria.- 15.1 General Soil Functions.- 15.2 Facts related to land use/cover in Bulgaria.- Chapter 16 Soils and humans.- 16.1 Formulation of the issue.- 16.2 National and Global issue.- 16.3 Relation between soils and humans.- 16.4 The contract for land rent.- 16.5 Moral and ethical aspects.

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