Soil Formation

  • Authors
  • Nico van Breemen
  • Peter Buurman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-6
    2. Pages 7-12
  3. Basic Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-14
  4. Soil Profile Development

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 365-404

About this book

Introduction

Soil Formation deals with qualitative and quantitative aspects of soil formation (or pedogenesis) and the underlying chemical, biological, and physical processes. The starting point of the text is the process - and not soil classification. Effects of weathering and new formation of minerals, mobilisation, transport, and breakdown or immobilisation of dissolved and suspended compounds are discussed. Soil processes and profiles are discussed in relation to the landscape, the geosphere, and the biosphere. Emphasis lies on the universality of soil-forming processes in past and present, and on the soil as a dynamic entity that forms part of the total environment.

Complexity of genetic processes in time and space is given much attention. The text gives many examples from literature and places some in a new light. The reader is guided through the subject matter by a large number of questions and problems to help understand and synthesis the material. Answers to all questions are included. This second edition has been updated to reflect recent discoveries. Printing errors have been corrected, and new photographs support the text.

Keywords

FAO environment soil total environment transport

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/0-306-48163-4
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-0718-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-48163-5
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