Elements of the Nature and Properties of Soils - 3rd Edition

Nyle Brady, Ray Weil 
Pearson Education  July 2009  

Hardback  624 pages  ISBN 9780138002817      £57.00

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With an emphasis on the fundamentals, this book explores the important world of soils and the principles that can be used to minimize the degradation and destruction of one of our most important natural resources. Fully updated in this edition, it includes the latest information on soil colloids; nutrient cycles and soil fertility; and soils and chemical pollution. This edition is filled with hundreds of new figures and photos and continues to use examples from many fields, including agriculture, forestry, and natural resources. Taking an ecological approach, it emphasizes how the soil system is interconnected and the principles behind each soil concept. Updated information in this edition includes:

  • Engineering properties of soils
  • Expanded treatment of soil quality, soil degradation and soil resilience
  • A new section on septic tank drain fields
  • Expanded section on irrigation management
  • A new section on wetlands and their poorly aerated soils


  • The Soils Around Us
  • Formation of Soils from Parent Materials
  • Soil Classification
  • Soil Architecture and Physical Properties
  • Soil Water: Characteristics and Behavior
  • Soil and Hydrologic Cycle
  • Soil Air and Temperature
  • Soil Colloids: Seat of Chemical and Physical Activity
  • Soil Acidity, Alkalinity and Salinity
  • Organisms and Ecology of the Soil
  • Soil Organic Matter
  • Nutrient Cycles and Soil Fertility
  • Practical Nutrient Management
  • Soil Erosion and Its Control
  • Soil Quality and Pollution
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