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Encyclopedia of soils in the environment /
editor-in-chief, Daniel Hillel ; editors, Jerry L. Hatfield ... [et al.].
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier/Academic, 2005.
description
4 v. : ill. (partly col.) ; 28 cm.
ISBN
0123485304 (set), 9780123485304
format(s)
Book
Holdings
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imprint
Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier/Academic, 2005.
isbn
0123485304 (set)
9780123485304
restrictions
Online version licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
v.1. A-Fa -- v. 2. Fe-M -- v. 3. N-Spa -- v. 4.Spa-Z, Index.
catalogue key
5340878
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-09-01:
As society begins to understand the impact that human activities have on Earth, the importance of soil resources has become more apparent. Soils are interconnected with crop and livestock production, water resources, climate change, and environmental degradation. This four-volume publication contains articles on fundamental soil science principles as well as applied and interdisciplinary aspects. Included are articles on different substances in soils (e.g., calcium, nitrogen, potassium), general articles on soil types (e.g., polar soils, hydric soils, forest soils), and several extensive articles on soil classification systems. This work also emphasizes subjects that are important in the soil sciences, such as crop water requirements, fertilization, and pollution. Several biographies of significant soil scientists contain useful bibliographies of their relevant work. Articles generally contain an introductory section and suggestions for further reading. Tables, formulas, graphs, black-and-white photographs, and maps enhance the text. Over 60 supplementary color plates are an essential attribute in a subject area where maps are of importance. The index, which contains extensive cross-references, should be used to fully exploit this work. For example, readers who look up "pyrite oxidation" will find that the index refers directly to the page in the article on "acidity" that contains the relevant information. Very well written as a whole, with appropriate illustrations and additional readings, this work is more extensive than the one-volume Encyclopedia of Soil Science (CH, Oct'03, 41-0676). Although expensive, this is an excellent resource for libraries supporting agriculture. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. H. F. Smith Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus
Reviews
Review Quotes
"...impressive and comprehensive...this encyclopedia is a blessing...It will be a standard reference book for years to come." -Alfred E. Hartemink, ISRIC- World Soil Information, for GEODERMA, May 2005 "Very well written as a whole, with appropriate illustrations and additional readings...an excellent resource for libraries supporting agriculture." -CHOICE, September 2005 "...covers diverse subject areas...Undergraduates will find this a great resource for coursework both on the environment and soil or agriculture courses." -E-STREAMS, June 2005
"It has been talked about for a while but, now, it has been published: a new encyclopedia of soils...impressive and comprehensive...this encyclopedia is a blessing...well-written, and very useful to refresh knowledge or gain some new. It will be a standard reference book for years to come."-Alfred E. Hartemink, ISRIC- World Soil Information, for GEODERMA, May 2005"Very well written as a whole, with appropriate illustrations and additional readings...an excellent resource for libraries supporting agriculture."-CHOICE, September 2005"A check on publications by the authors shows an impressive list of articles and books...covers diverse subject areas from environmental issues, management, agro-forestry techniques, food production, climate change, nutrient depletion, microbial ecology, modeling, soil strength, and more. The illustrations and other graphics are well done and add visual guides to the diverse subjects...This encyclopedia is recommended for college and research libraries. Undergraduates will find this a great resource for coursework both on the environment and soil or agriculture courses."-E-STREAMS, June 2005
"It has been talked about for a while but, now, it has been published: a new encyclopedia of soils...impressive and comprehensive...this encyclopedia is a blessing...well-written, and very useful to refresh knowledge or gain some new. It will be a standard reference book for years to come." -Alfred E. Hartemink, ISRIC- World Soil Information, for GEODERMA, May 2005 "Very well written as a whole, with appropriate illustrations and additional readings...an excellent resource for libraries supporting agriculture." -CHOICE, September 2005 "A check on publications by the authors shows an impressive list of articles and books...covers diverse subject areas from environmental issues, management, agro-forestry techniques, food production, climate change, nutrient depletion, microbial ecology, modeling, soil strength, and more. The illustrations and other graphics are well done and add visual guides to the diverse subjects...This encyclopedia is recommended for college and research libraries. Undergraduates will find this a great resource for coursework both on the environment and soil or agriculture courses." -E-STREAMS, June 2005
"Very well written as a whole, with appropriate illustrations and additional readings...an excellent resource for libraries supporting agriculture." -CHOICE, September 2005 "A check on publications by the authors shows an impressive list of articles and books...covers diverse subject areas from environmental issues, management, agro-forestry techniques, food production, climate change, nutrient depletion, microbial ecology, modeling, soil strength, and more. The illustrations and other graphics are well done and add visual guides to the diverse subjects...This encyclopedia is recommended for college and research libraries. Undergraduates will find this a great resource for coursework both on the environment and soil or agriculture courses." -E-STREAMS, June 2005 "For the soil science community this encyclopedia is a blessing. It contains a series of up-to-date and illustrated articles...It will be a standard reference book for years to come." -Alfred E. Hartemink, ISRIC- World Soil Information, of GEODERMA, May 2005
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Written by leading authorities in the field, this encyclopedia summarizes the current extent of knowledge of soils, their origins, classification, and uses. It provides a comprehensive yet accessible source of information on the direct and indirect influences of soils in our lives, environment, and society.
Main Description
More than ever before, a compelling need exists for an encyclopedic resource about soil - the rich mix of mineral particles, organic matter, gases, and soluble compounds that foster both plant and animal growth. Civilization depends more on the soil as human populations continue to grow and increasing demands are placed upon available resources. The Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment is a comprehensive and integrated consideration of a topic of vital importance to human societies in the past, present, and future. This important work encompasses the present knowledge of the world's variegated soils, their origins, properties, classification, and roles in the biosphere. A team of outstanding, international contributors has written over 250 entries that cover a broad range of issues facing today's soil scientists, ecologists, and environmental scientists. This four-volume set features thorough articles that survey specific aspects of soil biology, ecology, chemistry and physics. Rounding out the encyclopedia's excellent coverage, contributions cover cross-disciplinary subjects, such as the history of soil utilization for agricultural and engineering purposes and soils in relation to the remediation of pollution and the mitigation of global climate change. This comprehensive, yet accessible source is a valuable addition to the library of scientists, researchers, students, and policy makers involved in soil science, ecology, and environmental science. Also available online via ScienceDirect - featuring extensive browsing, searching, and internal cross-referencing between articles in the work, plus dynamic linking to journal articles and abstract databases, making navigation flexible and easy. For more information, pricing options and availability visit www.info.sciencedirect.com. * A distinguished international group of editors and contributors * Well-organized encyclopedic format providing concise, readable entries, easy searches, and thorough cross-references * Abundant visual resources - photographs, figures, tables, and graphs - in every entry * Complete up-to-date coverage of many important topics - essential information for scientists, students and professionals alike
Main Description
More than ever before, a compelling need exists for an encyclopedic resource about soil - the rich mix of mineral particles, organic matter, gases, and soluble compounds that foster both plant and animal growth. Civilization depends more on the soil as human populations continue to grow and increasing demands are placed upon available resources. The Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment is a comprehensive and integrated consideration of a topic of vital importance to human societies in the past, present, and future. This important work encompasses the present knowledge of the world's variegated soils, their origins, properties, classification, and roles in the biosphere. A team of outstanding, international contributors has written over 250 entries that cover a broad range of issues facing today's soil scientists, ecologists, and environmental scientists. This four-volume set features thorough articles that survey specific aspects of soil biology, ecology, chemistry and physics. Rounding out the encyclopedia's excellent coverage, contributions cover cross-disciplinary subjects, such as the history of soil utilization for agricultural and engineering purposes and soils in relation to the remediation of pollution and the mitigation of global climate change. This comprehensive, yet accessible source is a valuable addition to the library of scientists, researchers, students, and policy makers involved in soil science, ecology, and environmental science. Also available online via ScienceDirect - featuring extensive browsing, searching, and internal cross-referencing between articles in the work, plus dynamic linking to journal articles and abstract databases, making navigation flexible and easy. For more information, pricing options and availability visit www.info.sciencedirect.com. * A distinguished international group of editors and contributors * Well-organized encyclopedic format providing concise, readable entries, easy searches, and thorough cross-references * Abundant visual resources -- photographs, figures, tables, and graphs -- in every entry * Complete up-to-date coverage of many important topics -- essential information for scientists, students and professionals alike
Main Description
The Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment encompasses the present knowledge of the world's variegated soils, their origins, properties, classification, and roles in the biosphere. Concise articles surveying specific aspects of soils (soil genesis, soil chemistry and mineralogy, soil physics and hydrology, and soil biology) will be complemented by articles covering cross-disciplinary aspects, such as the role of soils in ecology, the history of soil utilization for agricultural and engineering purposes, and soils in relation to the remediation of pollution and the mitigation of global climate change. The encyclopedia will thus present a comprehensive and integrated consideration of soils in the environment: a topic of vital importance to human societies in the past, present, and future.
Table of Contents
Key Topics include Soil
Genesis Soil
Chemistry and Mineralogy Soil
Physics Hydrology Soil
Biology Soil
Ecology
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