The soil is a fundamental constituent of the Earth's system, maintaining a careful state of equilibrium within the biosphere. However, this natural balance is being increasingly disturbed by a variety of anthropogenic and natural processes, leading to the degradation of many soil environments. Soil Management provides a comprehensive and authoritative introduction to the many problems, challenges and potential solutions facing soil management in the twenty-first century. Covering a range of topics, including erosion, desertification, salinization, soil structure, carbon sequestration, acidification and chemical pollution, the book also develops a prognosis for the future of soil management in the face of growing populations and global warming.
Written with the needs of students in mind, each chapter provides a broad overview of a problem, analyses approaches to its solution and concludes with references and suggestions for further reading.
Soil Management will be of great value to environmental science and geography undergraduates taking soil management courses in their second or third year.
An excellent section on soils and quarternary climate change. Good overview of the major issues and good ise of global case studies.
Dr Helen Walkington, Oxford Brookes University, UK
The material is well structured and the writing is clear. The detail given is considerable and authoritative, notably in the treatment of water management.
Soil Erosion and Conservation
Desertification, Salinisation and Amelioration of Arid Soils
Soil Water Management
Chemical and Microbiological Pollution of Soil and Water
Modification of Soil Structure
Soil Organic Matter and its Conservation
Soils and Climatic Change
Prospects for the 21st Century