Written by an eminent scientist known for his seminal contributions to the field and for his definitive publications, Environmental Soil Physics is a comprehensive, fundamental, and accessible guide to the physical principles and processes governing the behavior of soil and its vital role in both natural and managed ecosystems. Based on sound theory and practical field experience, the book describes the soil as a central link in the continuous chain that constitutes the terrestrial environment; a medium that generates and sustains life, while serving to recycle waste products. It reveals how the functioning of the soil can be affected-for better or worse-by human action. Environmental Soi Physics defines and describes the dynamic cycles of energy, water, solids, solutes, mineral, gases, and living organisms in the soil. It is self-contained and self-explanatory, with numerous illustrations and sample problems, up-to-date references, and relevance to real-world conditions.
Reprint of a 1980 work on the physical principles and processes governing the behavior of soil and its vital role in both natural and managed ecosystems. The author looks at properties of water in relation to porous media, particle sizes and specific surfaces, the nature and behavior of clay, water interactions in soils, soil air composition and content, soil dynamics, the field water cycle, and soil-plant-water relations. Appends three contributions on spatial variability, soil remediation, and the inclusion of land-surface processes in global climate models. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.