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Environmental Soil Science (third edition)

Kim H. Tan 
Marcel Dekker  April 2009  



Hardcover  480 pages, illustrated  ISBN 9781420072808      £66.00
Completely revised and updated, incorporating almost a decade€s worth of developments in this field, Environmental Soil Science, Third Edition, explores the entire reach of the subject, beginning with soil properties and reactions and moving on to their relationship to environmental properties and reactions. Keeping the organization and writing style that made previous editions bestsellers, the author addresses the definitions of environmental science, ecology, and soil science, underscoring their combination into environmental soil science.

The book highlights the live biological constituents that make up the soil, exploring the changes made by agricultural operations and other human activities that lead to changes in the environment and our natural ecosystem. These include causes, effects, and solutions for acid rain, global warming, and destruction of the ozone layer. The author also provides extensive coverage of soilless agriculture, hydroponics, fish farming, vanishing biodiversity due to the destruction of jungles and the rain forest, and what to do about it.

New in the Third Edition:

  • Al Gore€s Nobel Prize winning politics on global warming and apocalyptic predictions
  • Biofuel production from agricultural trash and the controversy over using corn for alcohol production
  • Advances in biotechnology and the issues surrounding golden rice, flavr savr tomato, roundup ready plants, and GM crops
  • The effects of agricultural operations and other human activities on changing soil properties and environment
  • Introduction of a new soil group, Paddy soils, a unique man made soil formed by centuries of rice cultivation
  • Blue Revolution and marine biodiversity
  • Use of eutrophication in aquaculture

Growing ecological awareness has put the spotlight on all environmental disciplines, and environmental soil science is no exception. This has created broader interest in what has traditionally been a fundamental subject. This book tackles matters which must be urgently addressed due to the mounting evidence of climate change.

Contents

SOILS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
The Birth of Environmental Soil Science Concept of Environmental Science Concept of Ecology Definition and Concept of Soils Pedologic Concept of Soils Soil Orders Relation of Soil Orders with the Environment

INORGANIC SOIL CONSTITUENTS
Soil Composition Inorganic Constituents Mineral Composition Primary Minerals Weathering of Primary Minerals Secondary Minerals

ORGANIC SOIL CONSTITUENTS
Soil Organic Matter Humus Soil Biomass Biochemical Reactions of Soil Microorganisms Nonhumified Organic Matter Humified Organic Matter

GAS PHASE IN SOILS
Soil Air Soil Aeration Soil Air Quality in Agriculture Biochemical Effect of Aeration Biological Effect of Aeration Chemical Effect of Aeration

LIQUID PHASE
The Concept of Solutions Types of Water in Soil The Soil Solution Movement of Soil Water Water Losses Dissolved Solid Substances Environmental Issues of Soil Solutes Dissolved Gas Oxygen Demand

SOIL PHYSICS IN THE ENVIRONMENT
Physical Properties Particle Size Distribution Soil Structure Soil Density and Soil Porosity Soil Consistence Thermal Properties of Soils The Issue of Soil Physics in Histosols

ELECTROCHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF SOLID CONSTITUENTS
Electrical Charges Soil Clays Anion Exchange Capacity Soil Organic Matter Soil Reaction The Aesthetic Issue of Induced Micronutrient Toxicity and Deficiency

SOILS AND CROP PRODUCTION
Clearing New Lands Soil Degradation and the Issue of Retrogression Environmental Changes The Issue of Biodiversity Plantation Agriculture and Agroforestry Intensifying Soil Productivity Residue-, No-Till and Strip-Till Farming Organic Farming LISA or Low-Input Sustainable Agriculture

SOILLESS AGRICULTURE
Hydroponics Hydroponic Cultivation of Algae Aeroponics Nutrient Film Technique Artificial Soil Aquaculture Aquaculture in the United States The Law of the Sea

BIOTECHNOLOGY IN SOIL SCIENCE AND AGRICULTURE
Definitions and Concepts Food Biotechnology Agricultural Biotechnology Tissue Culture Environmental Significance of Tissue Cultures Soil Biotechnology

SOIL AND POLLUTION
Forms of Pollution Definition and Concept of Waste Agricultural Waste Composting and Compost Industrial Waste Waste from Food Processing Plants Municipal Waste Detoxification of Waste Soil Remediation Environmental Impact of Agricultural and Industrial Waste

Appendix A: Atomic Weights of the Major Elements in Soils
Appendix B: International System of Units (SI); Factors for Converting U.S. Units into SI Units
Appendix C: U.S. Weights and Measures
References and Additional Readings
Index

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