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Soil Classification

A Global Desk Reference, 1st Edition

Edited by Hari Eswaran, Robert Ahrens, Thomas J. Rice, B.A. Stewart

CRC Press

280 pages | 44 B/W Illus.

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Developments in soil classification have accompanied parallel progress in our understanding of the soil system. However the theories behind the classifications and the purposes for which they were created have changed over time. The editors hope that this comprehensive synthesis will help to rally soil scientists around the world to develop an acceptable classification system for soils. It is only when the global soil science community agrees to such a system that we can truly say that we have science.

Soil Classification: A Global Desk Reference is the first book to illustrate the current state of national and international soil classification systems. In this groundbreaking reference, distinguished soil scientists, many of whom were involved in the design of their respective national or international systems, evaluate developments in soil classification during the last century. They review the concepts, practices, and goals that led to the creation of individual classification systems and recommend modifications to classification systems to meet new demands. The documentation in this book serves as a foundation for the revision of existing soil taxonomies and the creation of new ones.

Table of Contents


Philosophies of Soil Classification: From Is to Does, S.W. Buol

How Good is Our Classification? R. Dudal

Soil Classifications: Past and Present, R.J. Ahrens, T.J. Rice, and H. Eswaran

Conceptual Basis for Soil Classification: Lessons from the Past, R.W. Arnold and H. Eswaran

Soil Classification and Soil Research, W.E.H. Blum and M.C. Laker

Back to the Old Paradigms of Soil Classification, J. Bouma

Incorporating Anthropogenic Processes in Soil Classification, R.B. Bryant and J.M. Galbraith

Developments in Soil Chemistry and Soil Classification, G. Uehara


Demands on Soil Classification in Australia, R. W. Fitzpatrick, B. Powell, N.J. McKenzie, D. J. Maschmedt, N. Schoknecht, D. W. Jacquier

Development of Soil Classification in China, Z.T. Gong, G.L. Zhang, and Z.C. Chen

The Brazilian Soil Classification System, F. Palmieri, H.G. Santos, I.A. Gomes, J. Lumbreras, and M.L.D. Aglio

The Future of the FAO Legend and the FAO/UNESCO Soil Map of the World, F.O.F. Nachtergaele

The Current French Approach to a Soilscapes Typology, M. Jamagne and D. King

New Zealand Soil Classification - Purposes and Principles, A.E. Hewitt

Changing Concepts of Soil and Soil Classification in Russia, S.V. Goryachkin, V. D. Tonkonogov, M. I. Gerasimove, I. I. Lebedeva, L. L. Shishov, and V. O. Tarulian

Advances in South African Soil Classification System, M.C. Laker

Soil Taxonomy and Soil Survey, C.A. Ditzler, R.J. Engel, and R.J. Ahrens

Classification of Soils of the Tropics: A Reassessment of Soil Taxonomy, F.H. Beinroth and H. Eswaran

Anticipated Developments of the World Reference Base for Soil Resources, J. Deckers, P. Driessen, F. Nachtergaele, O. Spaargaren, and F. Berding

About the Authors/Editors

Eswaran\, Hari; Ahrens\, Robert; Rice\, Thomas J.; Stewart\, B.A.

Subject Categories

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