World Soils Book Series

The Soils of Chile

Authors: Casanova, M., Salazar, O., Seguel, O., Luzio, W.

  • Presents a broad sample of soils generated under different climatic conditions, from the driest desert in the world until the Antarctic
  • Written in a comprehensive way for everyone interested in soil and in Chile
  • Unique book presenting all aspects of Chilean soils from natural aspects until human influence
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About this book

This book is intended for students and soil scientists who want to know about the state of the art in soil sciences in Chile. The book merges a comprehensive bibliographical review of the soil surveys carried out throughout the length and breadth of Chilean territory during the past 40 years and more recent information obtained by the authors in a number of field studies. As its starting point the book presents a general overview of important features related to Chilean soils, such as geology and geomorphology, climate, land use and vegetation. In this long and narrow country different soil formation factors and processes have resulted in a broad variety of soil bodies, from the extremely arid Atacama desert to the Patagonian and Antarctic zones. This book provides a description and classification (mainly Soil Taxonomy) of the most important soil types. Particularly important are soils derived from volcanic materials, which cover extensive areas of Chile. The book also deals with soil management topics in relation to the chemical, physical and biological properties of Chilean soils and it includes a number of examples from throughout the country. Finally, the book shows how man has induced severe soil degradation problems in Chile, such as erosive soil degradation, non-erosive soil degradation and land desertification.

About the authors

Manuel Casanova obtained a degree in Agricultural Engineering (1991) at the University of Chile. He received his post-graduate education at the Department of Soil and Environment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden, where he obtained a Master of Science degree majoring in Soil Conservation (1998). Nowadays, he is Associate Professor and head of the Department of Soil and Engineering, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Chile, where he teaches and conducts research, mainly into soil and water conservation.

Oscar Seguel obtained a degree in Agricultural Engineering (1997) at the  University of Chile. He received his post-graduate education at the Institute of Agrarian Engineering and Soil, Austral University, Chile, where he obtained a PhD degree in the subject of Soil Sciences (2005). Nowadays, he is Assistant Professor at the Department of Soil and Engineering, University of Chile, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, where he teaches and conducts research, mainly into soil physics.

Osvaldo Salazar obtained a degree in Agricultural Engineering (2004) at the University of Chile. He received his post-graduate education at the Department of Soil and Environment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden, where he obtained a Master of Science degree majoring in Soil Sciences (2003) and a PhD degree in Soil Science specialising in hydrotechnics (2009). He held a post-doc position at the Basic Science and Environment Department, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (2010). Nowadays, he is Assistant Professor at the Department of Soil and Engineering, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Chile, where he teaches and conducts research, mainly into soil fertility.

Walter Luzio obtained a degree in Agricultural Engineering (1963) at the University of Chile. He received his post-graduate education at the University of Ghent, Belgium, where he obtained a Master of Science degree majoring in Soil Surveys (1971). He was Professor at the Department of Soil and Engineering, University of Chile, until his retirement in 2010. He taught and conducted research into pedology, soil classification and soil cartography for the past 40 years.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • General Chile Overview

    Casanova, Manuel (et al.)

    Pages 1-24

  • Main Features of Chilean Soils

    Casanova, Manuel (et al.)

    Pages 25-97

  • Management of Soil Properties in Chile

    Casanova, Manuel (et al.)

    Pages 99-119

  • Human-Induced Soil Degradation in Chile

    Casanova, Manuel (et al.)

    Pages 121-158

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-5949-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-5948-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Soils of Chile
Authors
Series Title
World Soils Book Series
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5949-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5949-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5948-0
Series ISSN
2211-1255
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 185
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