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Soil Physics Companion

1st Edition

Edited by A.W. Warrick

CRC Press

400 pages | 103 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2001-12-28
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An authoritative reference on soil physics, Soil Physics Companion is lavishly illustrated with graphs, charts, line drawings, and equations. The book provides a valuable source of material and reference for most contemporary topics of soil physics and the vadose zone - arguably the most comprehensive volume available. In addition to being a reliable reference, it is valuable as an advanced text from which topics of interest can be selected by the teacher and student.

Topics include:

  • Static and dynamic aspects of soils

  • Transport processes and soil water measurements

  • Movement of soil water in the context of overall water balance and its key role in the hydrologic cycle

  • Energy balance and thermal regime

  • Soil-plant-atmospheric interface

  • Solute transport and soil-gas movement

  • Spatial variability

    Building on the work begun in the bestselling Handbook of Soil Science, this reference takes soil physics one step further. Convenient and easy-to-use, it provides in-depth information at your fingertips. When you need easily accessible, readily available facts and theories, you need the Soil Physics Companion.

  • Reviews

    "Soil Physics Companion is an expanded version of the soil physics chapter in the Handbook of Soil Science, ed. by Malcom E. Summer (CH, Jan' 00). Warrick has expanded the original format, which addresses several major topics of contemporary soil physics. He has used the same chapter format, and the same authors write on their respective topics. Additions to each chapter include boxed examples with problems, questions, citations, and additional descriptions, emphasizing a primary chapter concept. … Along with general principles and methodology presented in the Handbook of Soil Science, the Companion is extensively illustrated with figures, tables, illustrations of instruments for measuring soil water content and potential, and descriptions of new devices useful for measuring soil physical properties. The writing style is consistent from chapter to chapter regardless of author. Warrick has created a supplement for those interested only in soil physics without having to acquire the larger handbook. Readers include soil scientists, hydrologists, and agronomists with strong backgrounds in soils. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals involved in soil research."

    -S.G. Shetron, emeritus, Michigan Technological University, in CHOICE

    "Besides in-depth discussion of these important topics, the book contains interesting and stimulating worked-out examples, food-for-thought questions, and historical stories related to soil physics. The discussions of new devices for measuring soil properties are also useful. At the end of each chapter, a vast number of current references are provided. The book is extremely well organized. The editor and contributors of the chapters are leading scientists and recognized authorities on the topics. The book should be one of the best authoritative references on the soil physics."

    -R. Zhang, University of Wyoming, in the Journal of Environmental Quality

    "… chapters flow easily from one to another…the quality of the figures and format of the layout is of similar high quality for all chapters… Overall, Soil Physics Companion is a valuable reference…I value the book as a reference for my graduate students and myself…"

    -Jan W. Hopmans, University of California-Davis, in Soil Science, Vol. 167, No. 12, December 2002

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    Table of Contents

    Introduction, A.W. Warrick

    Physical Properties of Primary Particles, J.M. Skopp

    Particle Density

    Particle Shape

    Particle Size Distribution

    Specific Surface Area

    Bulk Density and Porosity


    Dynamic Properties of Soil, R. Horn and T. Baumgartl


    Processes in Aggregate Formation

    Determination of Mechanical Parameters

    Effect of Soil Structure and Dynamics on Strength and Stress/Strain Processes

    Further Dynamic Aspects in Soils

    Modeling Dynamic Coupled Processes



    Soil Water Content and Water Potential Relationships, D. Or and J.M. Wraith


    Soil Water Content

    Soil Water Energy

    Soil Water Content-Energy Relationships



    Soil Water Movement, D.E. Radcliffe and T.C. Rasmussen


    Flow in Saturated Soil

    Flow in Unsaturated Soil

    Measurement of Hydraulic Parameters

    Numerical Models of Water Flow

    Concluding Remarks


    Water and Energy Balances at Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Interfaces, S.R. Evett


    Energy Balance Equation

    Water Balance Equation


    Solute Transport, F.J. Leij and M.Th. van Genuchten


    The Advection-Dispersion Equation

    Solutions of the Advection-Dispersion Equation

    Stream Tube Models


    Soil Structure, B.D. Kay and D.A. Angers

    Characteristics, Significance, and Measurement of Soil Structure

    Soil Factors Influencing Structure

    Other Factors Influencing Soil Structure

    Interpreting Data on Soil Structure


    Soil Gas Movement in Unsaturated Systems, B.R. Scanlon, J.P. Nicot, and J.M. Massmann

    General Concepts Related to Gas Movement

    Transport of a Homogeneous Gas

    Multicomponent Gas Transport


    Applied Numerical Modeling

    Applications of Gas Transport Theory

    Derivation of Equations


    Soil Spatial Variability, D.J. Mulla and A.B. McBratney

    Variability in Soil Properties from Soil Classification

    Classical Measures of Variability


    Sampling Design


    Subject Categories

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