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Environmental Soil Physics - Fundamentals, Applications and Environmental Considerations

Daniel Hillel 
Academic Press  1998  



Hardback  771 pages  ISBN 9780123485250      £73.00
  • Updates and expands the scope of Hillel's prior works, Fundamentals of Soil Physics (1980)and Applications of Soil Physics (1980)
  • Explores the wide range of interactions among the phases in the soil and the dynamic interconnections of the soil with the subterranean and atmospheric domains
  • Draws attention to historical and contemporary issues concerning the human management of soil and water resources
  • Directs readers toward solution of practical problems in terrestrial ecology, field-scale hydrology, agronomy, and civil engineering
  • Incorporates contributions by leading scientists in the areas of spatial variability, soil remediation, and the inclusion of land-surface processes in global climate models
  • Environmental Soil Physics is a completely updated and modified edition of the Daniel Hillels previous, successful books, Introduction to Soil Physics and Fundamentals of Soil Physics. Hillel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, one of the true leaders in the field of environmental sciences. The new version includes a chapter and problems on computational techniques, addresses current environmental concerns and trends.

    Contents

    Basic Relationships:
    General Physical Characteristics of Soils. Properties of Water in Relation to Porous Media. The Solid Phase: Particle Sizes and Specific Surface. Nature and Behavior of Clay. Soil Structure and Aggregation.

    The Liquid Phase:
    Content and Potential of Soil Water. Flow of Water in Saturated Soil. Flow of Water in Unsaturated Soil. Movement of Solutes and Soil Salinity. The Gaseous Phase: Content and Composition of Soil Air. Movement and Exchange of Gases in the Soil Composite Phenomena: Soil Temperature and Heat Flow.

    Soil Dynamics:
    Stress, Strain, and Strength. The Field Water Cycle: Entry of Water into Soil. Surface Runoff and Water Erosion. Redistribution of Water in Soil. Groundwater Drainage and Pollution. Evaporation From Bare Soil and Wind Erosion.

    Soil-Plant-Water Relations:
    Uptake of Soil Moisture by Plants. Water Balance and Energy Balance in The Field. Irrigation and Water-Use Efficiency.

    Appendices:
    Spatial Variability. Applications of Soil Physics to Remediation of Hazardous Waste Sites. Representing the Land Surface in Global Climate Models. Bibliography. Index.

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