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Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Soil
What is Soil?
Nature and Uses of Soil
How Big Is an Acre? A Hectare?
2. Soil Formation
The Rock Cycle
Composition of the Earth’s Crust
Processes of Rock Weathering
Factors of Soil Formation
Soil Horizon Development
Let’s Take a Trip
3. Soil Physical Properties
Benefits of Aggregation
Porosity and Density
Composition of Soil Pores
4. Soil Biological Properties
Organic Matter and Humus
The Carbon Cycle
Nitrous oxide loss
Plant Roots and the Rhizosphere
Biological Decomposition of Rocks
Pesticide Use and Soil Organisms
5. Soil Chemical Properties
Soil Colloidal System
Soil Reaction (pH)
6. Soil Water
Soil Water Storage and Movement
Water Use by Plants
7. Soil Temperature
Importance of Soil Temperature
Factors Affecting Energy Inputs
Energy Inputs and Temperature Change
Heat Transfer in Soils
Soil Temperature Fluctuations
Managing Soil Temperature
8. Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Determining Nutrient Needs
Adding Plant Nutrients
Fertilizer materials and concentrations
Fate of applied fertilizers (Denitrification, nitrous oxide loss)
9. Soil Management
Crop Production Factors
10. Soil Conservation and the Environment
Erosion by Water
Erosion by Wind
Erosion by Mass Wasting
Sediment as a Pollutant
Extent of the Problem
Trends in No-till adoption in Mechanized Agriculture
Trends in Hoe-till adoption in Subsistence Agriculture
12. Soil Classification and Surveyd
The Soil Classification Categories
The 12 Soil Orders
Time is too Short for Strong Soil Development
Climate Is the Dominant Factor in Soil Development
Parent Material Is Specific
Vegetation Is a Grassland (Prairie)
Climate and Vegetation Combination Dominates
Description of the Diagnostic Surface Horizons (Epipedons)
Description of Subsurface Horizons
Other Diagnostic Subsurface Horizons
Soil Moisture and Temperature Regimes
Land Capability Classes
Soil Landscape Appreciation
13. Soil and Its Uses
Disturbed or Contaminated Lands