Celebrating Soil

Discovering Soils and Landscapes

Authors: Balks, M.R., Zabowski, D.

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  • Reveals the dazzling variety of soils that support forests, lakes, cities, farms, roads and the landscape around us
  • Illustrates in a very friendly way the wonders of soils and bond between nature and humanity
  • Presents and explains some of the most amazing landscapes in the world, such as the Valley of 10 000 Smokes, Antarctica, the fantastic Tibetan plateau, Mt St Helens and many more exciting sites
  • Ideal book for naturalists, landscape enthusiasts, garden, farm and rural activists
  • Richly illustrated with photographs, drawings and illustrations
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About this book

This richly illustrated book celebrates the diversity, importance, and intrinsic beauty of soils around the world and helps the reader to understand the ways that soils are related to the landscapes in which they form. The book unravels the complex bond between humans and soils and the importance of soils in our cultures and everyday lives.

Soil is critical to terrestrial life on earth.  It underpins human food supply and provides materials on which we build our lives.  Soil is out of sight and often out of mind, thus easy to overlook.  Yet soil has tremendous variety and intrinsic beauty for those who care to look.  Soil contains a memory of the events that have shaped the landscape and the environment.  With help you can look at a soil and understand the stories that it has to tell.   

Written in a reader-friendly way, Celebrating Soil is a wonderful resource for farmers, horticulturalists, naturalists, students and others who are concerned about how soils are formed, work and are used.

About the authors

Dr. Megan Balks has over 30 years of experience in soil-related study, research, and teaching. Meganis based in New Zealand (at the University of Waikato), and her experience includes 19 trips to studysoils in Antarctica as well as work throughout New Zealand. Megan has also traveled widely to studysoils having undertaken fi eldtrips in many parts of the world, including the Arctic (Russia, Norway,and Alaska), Australia, Thailand, Peru, China, Samoa, and Europe. Megan undertook her PhD studyingirrigation of effl uent onto land, and she has also worked on water irrigation schemes in Otago andeffl uent irrigation in Australia. She has supervised over 40 graduate thesis projects on the widestrange of soil-related studies from soil fertility in New Zealand hill country, through irrigation of citywastewater onto land and study of some of the most southerly soils on the planet in Antarctica. Meganis a fellow of the New Zealand Society of Soil Science (the fi rst woman to receive that honor). Withher husband Errol, Megan owns a small hill country sheep farm, which also includes about 60 acresof New Zealand native forest, and so she has hands-on experience in managing the land.
Professor Darlene Zabowski has a BS in forest ecology and an MS and PhD in soil science. Sheworked as a research soil scientist for the US Forest Service before transferring to the University ofWashington in 1993. She has conducted research on soils and taught introductory soils and advancedclasses in soil science for 30 years. She has received several awards for excellence in teaching. Darlenehas worked with many soils in various areas of the USA, as well as Canada, New Zealand, and China,and participated in fi eld trips in many other parts of the world. Her research has mostly focused onforest soils but has often included comparative research with soils from other ecosystems and a varietyof landscapes. Darlene is an avid hiker and enjoys keeping the soil in her vegetable garden healthy. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Soils in Harmony with the Environment

    Balks, M. R. (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

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  • Soils Born of Fire

    Balks, M. R. (et al.)

    Pages 15-37

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  • Soils Born of Water

    Balks, M. R. (et al.)

    Pages 39-64

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  • Soils of Forests

    Balks, M. R. (et al.)

    Pages 65-94

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  • Soils of Grasslands and Rangelands

    Balks, M. R. (et al.)

    Pages 95-118

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eBook 32,12 €
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Hardcover 41,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-32682-5
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Softcover 41,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-81347-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Celebrating Soil
Book Subtitle
Discovering Soils and Landscapes
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-32684-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-32684-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-32682-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81347-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 243
Number of Illustrations
106 b/w illustrations, 232 illustrations in colour
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