Soils: An Introduction (6th Edition)

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For Introduction to Soil Science, Environmental Science, and Land Use Management courses at the undergraduate level. This text provides a fresh look at soil science. The goal is to help students understand the parts that contribute to the whole soil individual and then appreciate how those parts function together. It begins by assembling the parts (solid, liquid and gas phases) of a soil, followed by explaining the interactions among the parts. Subsequently, genesis, classification, and interpretation of soil properties are explained. The "building the pedon"* concept introduced in the first edition is continued in this latest edition. This edition also has a "western" perspective that emphasizes water management. *Pedon: "3-dimensional body of soil with lateral dimensions large enough to contain all soil properties."

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Accessible to students with varying science backgrounds, this introduction to soil science offers solid coverage of all major topics. The authors use a unique "building the pedon" model to provide students with a single soil concept on which to build and learn. The text features diagrams and color photos with actual data, and provides optional chapter supplements for either review or enrichment, depending on individual needs. Soil parts are introduced systematically and in relation to one another, relating the complex soil body to it larger environment.

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Now in its fifth edition, Soils: An Introduction provides readers with a fresh approach to the study of soils. Covering all major topics, the text utilizes a unique "building the pedon" model to provide readers with a single soil concept upon which to build and learn. The goal is to help readers understand the parts that contribute to the whole soil individual and then appreciate how those parts function together.

Some of the features of this new edition include:
  • Enhanced discussion of environmental issues.
    Puts learning about soils into an environmental context.
  • An emphasis on the correct use of scale in all figures.
    Helps readers become aware of the vast range involved, from organisms as small as viruses, to the expanse of landscapes.
  • Focuses on soils as ecosystems, as parts of ecosystems, and as parts of environmental management.
    Helps readers to understand how each soil part relates to each other.

Singer and Munns' Soils: An Introduction, fifth edition is a must-have for anyone interested in learning about soils.

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