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Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series

Encyclopedia of Soil Science

Editors: Chesworth, Ward (Ed.)

  • Assembles more than 190 key articles by leading authorities from around the world and ca. 430 glossary terms to become the most complete single volume encyclopedia on soil science
  • Includes the following Classifications of Soils: FAO; Soil Taxonomy; World Reference Base
  • Employs an Earth-Science approach
  • Packed with full-color illustrations and offers excellent indices and cross references
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About this Reference Work

Soils long have been taken for granted being so commonplace and lacking often striking features. However, soil is one of the most complex media on Earth, vital for the biogeosphere and human civilization. With increased usage of soil for world food production, building materials, waste repositories, etc awareness has grown for the need of better global understanding of soil and its processes.  

The Encyclopedia of Soil Science provides a comprehensive, alphabetical treatment of basic soil science in a single volume. It constitutes a wide ranging and authorative collection of about 160 academic articles covering the salient aspects of soil physics, chemistry, biology, fertility, technology, genesis, morphology, classification and geomorphology.

The longer articles by leading authorities from around the world are being supplemented by ca 430 definitions of common terms in soil sciences. It should be emphasized though that the volume is not a dictionary but represents a compendium of knowledge.

Graduate students, scientists and professionals, from a wide variety of disciplines and others who deal with the nature, processes and use of soil will have access to essential information and be directed to pertinent specialized literature.

The Editor:
Ward Chesworth is Professor Emeritus of Geochemistry at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He co-edited Weathering, Soils and Paleosols, and three volumes of the annual Hammond Lecture Series broadcast in part by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Malthus and the Third Millennium, Sustainable Development, and The Human Ecological Footprint. He co-wrote Perspectives on Canadian Geology. In 2003 he received the Halbouty Prize of the Geological Society of America, of which he is a Fellow.

About the authors

Ward Chesworth is Professor Emeritus of Geochemistry at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He co-edited Weathering, Soils and Paleosols, and three volumes of the annual Hammond Lecture Series broadcast in part by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Malthus and the Third Millennium, Sustainable Development, and The Human Ecological Footprint. He co-wrote Perspectives on Canadian Geology. In 2003 he received the Halbouty Prize of the Geological Society of America, of which he is a Fellow.

Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph (Selected GSA Fellow in 2005)

"Ward Chesworth's contributions are based on research as a geochemical petrologist focusing on soil petrology, defining conditions for sustainable agriculture through reducing stresses, demands, and abuses on Earth, including water, soil, and the environment. He has made major basic contributions to the application of geology for sustainable societies."

Reviews

From the reviews:

"The encyclopedia contains about 190 academic articles … . All items are illustrated with many tables, graphs, figures and colour photographs. … a summary of the present knowledge in the field of soil science, authored by internationally well known scientists. It is a remarkable tool, not only for soil scientists, but also for agronomists, geologists and even archeologists dealing with soils. Especially for the already somewhat older soil scientists it is an excellent way for updating in an easy way their knowledge and references." (G. Stoops, PEDON Newsletter, Issue 19, February, 2008)

"A nice addition to the numerous encyclopedias that have come recently. … The topics overlap several other encyclopedias as well. There are many tables and figures, including a few color figures. The authors of the entries are international in scope, and well-respected soil scientists. … the audience to include scientists, engineers, technology experts, as well as environmental and land use planners. Most full entries are geared toward college or higher level, including students and scientists who are not soil scientists … ." (Sally Logsdon, Soil Science Society of America Journal, Vol. 72 (3), 2008)

"Encyclopedia of Soil Science is an updated version of R. W. Fairbridge and C. W. Finkl Jr.’s edited encyclopedia … . It contains both lengthy research articles and shorter glossary definitions … . This useful combination of research articles and definitions makes this title invaluable for users … . Libraries … will be interested in this volume edited by Chesworth. … highly useful resource for both students and researchers in major programs in agriculture, geology, and environmental science. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above." (J. K. Oleen, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (11), 2008)

"This book is well worth reading because it puts the content in wider context. … The book is well produced. Even with 900 pages it can be held in one hand, and can be used as a stand up reference book. The illustrations are excellent, and nearly all in colour. The diagrams, maps and statistical presentations are clear. … The market for this book will be for higher education and research, and for science based companies involved in agriculture."(John Goodier, Reference Reviews, Vol. 22 (6), 2008)


Table of contents (25 chapters)

  • A

    Dahlgren, Randy A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-50

  • B

    Bache, Bryon W. (et al.)

    Pages 51-75

  • C

    Chesworth, Ward (et al.)

    Pages 77-125

  • D

    Staunton, Siobhán (et al.)

    Pages 183-198

  • E

    Fairbridge, Rhodes W. (et al.)

    Pages 199-227

Buy this book

Print $539.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-3994-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
eReference $539.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-3995-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
Print + eBook $815.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-5127-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Online orders shipping within 2-3 days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Encyclopedia of Soil Science
Editors
  • Ward Chesworth
Series Title
Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Atlantic Pub. & Distr. (P) Ltd., New Delhi, India
Print ISBN
978-1-4020-3994-2
eReference ISBN
978-1-4020-3995-9
Print + eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5127-2
Series ISSN
1388-4360
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 902
Topics