Soil Genesis and Classification

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-09-27
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Soil Genesis and Classification, Sixth Edition, builds on the success of the previous editions to present an unparalleled resource on soil formation and classification. Featuring a color plate section containing multiple soil profiles, this text also includes information on new classification systems and emerging technologies and databases with updated references throughout. Covering the diverse needs of both the academic and professional communities, this classic text will be a must have reference for all those in soil science and related fields.

Author Biography

Stanley W. Buol is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Soil Science at North Carolina State University. Randal J. Southard is Professor of Soil Genesis and Morphology at the University of California, Davis. Robert C. Graham is Professor Soil Mineralogy and Pedology at the University of California, Riverside. Paul A. McDaniel is Professor of Soil and Land Resources at the University of Idaho.

Table of Contents

Authorsp. vii
Preface to the First Editionp. ix
Preface to the Second Editionp. x
Preface to the Third Editionp. xi
Preface to the Fourth Editionp. xiii
Preface to the Fifth Editionp. xiv
Preface to the Sixth Editionp. xv
Introductionp. 3
Morphology and Composition of Soilsp. 35
Soil-forming Factors: Soil as a Component of Ecosystemsp. 89
Soil Materials and Weatheringp. 141
Soil-forming Processesp. 163
Modern Soil Classification Systemsp. 181
U.S. Soil Taxonomyp. 207
Alfisols: High Base Status Soils with Finer-textured Subsoil Horizonsp. 233
Andisols: Soils with Andic Soil Propertiesp. 249
Aridisols: Soils of Dry Regionsp. 265
Entisols: Recently Formed Soilsp. 283
Gelisols: Very Cold Soilsp. 293
Histosols: Organic Soilsp. 307
Inceptisols: Embryonic Soils with Few Diagnostic Featuresp. 321
Mollisols: Grassland Soils of Steppes and Prairiesp. 331
Oxisols: Low Activity Soilsp. 349
Spodosols: Soils with Subsoil Accumulations of Humus and Sesquioxidesp. 361
Ultisols: Low Base Status Soils with Finer-textured Subsoil Horizonsp. 375
Vertisols: Shrinking and Swelling Dark Clay Soilsp. 385
Spatial Arrangement of Soils: Soilscapes and Map Unitsp. 397
Interpretations of Soil Surveys and Technical Soil Classificationp. 425
Bibliographyp. 437
Indexp. 531
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