Soil Components

Vol. 2: Inorganic Components

  • John E. Gieseking

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. E. W. Radoslovich
    Pages 27-57
  3. H. Graf von Reichenbach, C. I. Rich
    Pages 59-95
  4. J. Mering
    Pages 97-119
  5. G. F. Walker
    Pages 155-189
  6. S. W. Bailey
    Pages 191-263
  7. D. M. C. MacEwan, A. Ruiz-Amil
    Pages 265-334
  8. S. Hénin, S. Caillère
    Pages 335-349
  9. M. Fieldes, G. G. C. Claridge
    Pages 351-393
  10. B. D. Mitchell
    Pages 395-432
  11. E. W. Radoslovich
    Pages 433-448
  12. W. A. Mitchell
    Pages 449-480
  13. Robert L. Jones, W. W. Hay
    Pages 481-496
  14. H. van Olphen
    Pages 497-527
  15. V. C. Farmer, F. Palmieri
    Pages 573-670
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 671-684

About this book


The major components of most soils are inorganic. These constituents are derived from the weathering of rocks and minerals or from subsequent reaetions and interactions of the weathering products. During the weathering and interactions of weathering products, in­ organic soil colloids are formed. Large amounts of inorganic colloids are essential in soils if they are to support luxurious plant growth. The colloids adsorb water and nutrient element s that might be lost from the soil &ystem and they release these as plants need them. They also adsorb and buffer the soil system against large excesses of soluble toxic substances that might otherwise exist as free moieties in soils. Soil and plant root interactions occur across two interfaces. One is the interface between plant roots and the liquid phase and the other is the interface between the soil particles and the liquid phase. Reaetions across the interface between colloid crystals and the soilliquid phase may also suppress the availability of nutrient elements to plants. The effectiveness of these interfaciaI reaetions in supporting optimum plant growth ultimately depends on the arrangements of ions in the surfaces and subsurfaces of the mineraI crystals. For this reason much of this volume is devoted to the arrangement of ions in crystalline mineraI particles commonly occuring in soils and the properties that these particles contribute to soiI systems.


crystallography growth mineral plant growth plants soil water weather

Editors and affiliations

  • John E. Gieseking
    • 1
  1. 1.University of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1975
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-65919-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-65917-1
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