Soils and Environmental Quality, Third Edition

Edited by Gary M Pierzynski, J. Thomas Sims, George F Vance 
CRC Press  February 2005  

Hardback  584 pp  ISBN 9780849316166      £57.00
  • Explores environmental quality from the perspective of soil science
  • Emphasizes interactions of potential pollutants with soils and the aquatic and atmospheric environments
  • Discusses analytical approaches used in soil, water, and atmospheric sciences
  • Covers remediation of contaminated soils and ground water in a comprehensive fashion.

What continues to make Soils and Environmental Quality a perpetual bestseller is its practical relevance. Now, with the timely release of a third edition, it remains the obvious choice for those instructors who strive to make their teaching applicable to contemporary issues.

The three authors, all teaching professors distinguished in soil science, have updated this student favorite to include a greater number of even more relevant topics. Responding to requests, they have also placed an increased emphasis on management issues.

As with previous editions, the third edition offers students in soil or environmental science an overview of soil science, hydrology, atmospheric chemistry, and pollutant classification.

The text moves from the theoretical to the practical with an abundance of contemporary examples, such as an exploration of allowable pesticide concentrations in drinking water and an inquiry into soil contamination from the trace elements in organic by-products. Also considered are the use of soil carbon sequestration as a remedy for global climate change, and the effects of acid precipitation on forestation.


  • New chapters on nutrient management planning, and the environmental testing of soil, plants, water, and air
  • Additional and revised case studies that continue to relate academic content to real-life situations, while inspiring students with real -life challenges to solve
  • Eight-page color inset
  • Direct encouragement and links to fully access the Internet as a resource for the most up-to-date findings
Always Relevant, Always Interesting: The text also covers environmentally-related current events, fostering discussion of the political, economic, and regulatory aspects of environmental issues, the human side of environmental problems, the use and misuse of the scientific method, and potential bias in the presentation of facts. Students in soil science, environmental science, chemistry, biology, geology, and other disciplines will gain valuable insight from this multifaceted text.


  • Introduction to Environmental Quality
  • The Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
  • Soil Ecosystems
  • Testing: Soils, Waters, Plants, Wastes, Organics
  • Soil Nitrogen and Environmental Quality
  • Soil Phosphorus and Environmental Quality
  • Soil Sulfur and Environmental Quality
  • Nutrient Management Planning
  • Trace Elements
  • Organic Chemicals in the Environment
  • The Atmosphere: Global Climate Change and Acidic Deposition
  • Remediation of Soil and Ground Water
  • Risk Assessment
The Elements and their Symbols, Atomic Numbers, and Atomic Weights based on the Atomic Mass of 12C = 12
Conversion Factors for SI and Non-SI Units
Journals and Periodicals Related to the Environmental Sciences
Decision Case Studies in the Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education
Prefixes Used in the SI System of Units

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