Investigation, Remediation and Protection of Land Resources: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Investigation, Remediation and Protection of Land Resources

1st Edition

Edited by Dieter D. Genske

Whittles Publishing

300 pages | 200 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781420060218
pub: 2007-10-26
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Firmly based in soil science, this book addresses the fundamental science and engineering of land degradation and rehabilitation. It begins with a discussion of natural ground profiles dealing with soil science and the underlying geology, the functions of natural ground and ground engineering properties. The author then introduces three basic mechanisms of ground degradation are introduced: erosion, chemical degradation and physical degradation. He covers remediation, including strategies and techniques to investigate the ground and remediation measures. Finally, the book outlines issues of land protection and discusses a general strategy of sustainable land management.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Introduction

Part I Natural land

Chapter 2: Profiles

2.1 Pedosphere

2.2 Below the pedosphere

Chapter 3: Functions

3.1 Functions of natural ground

3.2 Ecological functions

3.3 Exploitation of ground

3.4 Ground as archive

Chapter 4: Properties

4.1 Soil and rock

4.2 Soil

4.3 Rock

Part II Degraded land

Chapter 5: Erosion

5.1 The Bishnoi sacrifice

5.2 Scope of the problem

5.3 Causes

5.4 Types of erosion

5.5 Consequences

5.6 Monitoring

Chapter 6: Chemical degradation

6.1 A silent spring

6.2 Scope of the problem

6.3 Contamination

6.4 Acidification

6.5 Salinization

6.6 Solidification

Chapter 7: Physical degradation

7.1 Notions of a post-industrial era

7.2 Scope of the problem

7.3 Compaction

7.4 Sealing and overbuilding

7.5 Subsidence

7.6 Waterlogging

Part III Remediating land

Chapter 8: Investigation

8.1 Strategy

8.2 Information

8.3 Interpretation

Chapter 9: Remediation

9.1 The man who planted trees

9.2 Erosion

9.3 Chemical degradation

9.4 Physical degradation

Chapter 10: Protection

10.1 From intention to routine

10.2 Conventions, charters and protocols

10.3 Networks and local agenda processes

10.4 Structural funds

10.5 Three principles



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Meteorology & Climatology