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Principles of Soil Physics

1st Edition

By Rattan Lal, Manoj K. Shukla

CRC Press

736 pages

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Hardback: 9780824753245
pub: 2004-05-28

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Principles of Soil Physics examines the impact of the physical, mechanical, and hydrological properties and processes of soil on agricultural production, the environment, and sustainable use of natural resources. The text incorporates valuable assessment methods, graphs, problem sets, and tables from recent studies performed around the globe and offers an abundance of tables, photographs, and easy-to-follow equations in every chapter.

The book discusses the consequences of soil degradation, such as erosion, inhibited root development, and poor aeration. It begins by defining soil physics, soil mechanics, textural properties, and packing arrangements . The text continues to discuss the theoretical and practical aspects of soil structure and explain the significance and measurement of bulk density, porosity, and compaction.

The authors proceed to clarify soil hydrology topics including hydrologic cycle, water movement, infiltration, modeling, soil evaporation, and solute transport processes. They address the impact of soil temperature on crop growth, soil aeration, and the processes that lead to the emission of greenhouse gases. The final chapters examine the physical properties of gravelly soils and water movement in frozen, saline, and water-repellant soils.

Reader-friendly and up-to-date, Principles of Soil Physics provides unparalleled coverage of issues related to soil physics, structure, hydrology, aeration, temperature, and analysis and presents practical techniques for maintaining soil quality to ultimately preserve its sustainability.

Table of Contents

Importance of Soil Physics

Basic Definitions and Concepts

Soil Solids

Soil Structure


Manifestations of Soil Structure

Soil Strength and Compaction

Soil Rheology and Plasticity


Soil Water Content

Soil Qater Potential

Water Flow in Saturated Soils

Water Flow in Unsaturated Soils

Water Infiltration in Soil

Water Evaporation from Soil

Solute Transport

Soil Temperature and Heat Flow in Soils

Soil Air and Aeration

Physical Properties of Gravelly Soils

Special Problems

Appendix A: Units and Conversions

Appendix B: Properties of Water

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / General
SCIENCE / Physics
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General