Written from an agronomic rather than an engineering perspective, this introduction to soil and water conservation explores a full range of topics and environmental issues, including some ignored or overlooked in other books on the subject. Comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible, it considers the hazards posed by erosion, sedimentation, and pollution, and describes the techniques needed to conserve soil and maintain environmental quality. Situations and examples are drawn from many places to represent a cross-section of the soils, climates and cultures of the world, as well as the full scope of agricultural, engineering, mining, and other uses of the land.
The volume covers conserving soil and water, soil erosion and civilization, geologic erosion and sedimentation, water erosion and sedimentation, wind erosion and deposition, predicting soil loss, soil surveys as a basis for land use planning, cropping systems, tillage practices for conservation, conservation structures, vegetating drastically disturbed areas, pastureland, rangeland, and forestland management, water conservation, soil drainage, irrigation and reclamation, soil pollution, water quality and pollution, economics of soil and water conservation, soil and water conservation agencies in the United States, and soil and water conservation around the world.
For professionals that deal with soil and water conservation.
Provides broad coverage of the field of soil and water conservation, exploring the hazards posed by erosion, sedimentation, and pollution, and drawing on a cross-section of the soils, climates, and cultures of the world. The book's scope includes agriculture, engineering, mining, and other uses of land, along with the techniques needed to conserve soil and maintain environmental quality. Last revised in 1991, this edition increases its emphasis on water conservation. Suitable for the undergraduate familiar with basic soil properties. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.