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Soil Sampling, Preparation, and Analysis

2nd Edition

By Kim H. Tan

CRC Press

672 pages | 70 B/W Illus.

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As with the highly popular original, this new edition of Soil Sampling, Preparation, and Analysis provides students with an exceptionally clear description of the sampling and analysis methods most commonly used in modern soil laboratories around the world. What sets it apart as the first choice of professors is the grounding it offers in fundamental principles, professional protocols, and specific procedures. What makes it especially popular with students is that it spares them from having to tote large volumes for the sake of a page or two.

Fully revised to introduce the latest advances, the text is lucidly illustrated with original results garnered from years of hands-on experiments conducted by the author and his students.

In response to requests from active users of the first edition, these new features have been added:

§ Three new chapters on soil and plant test methods

§ A focus on testing and analysis limited to edaphology, as opposed to edaphology and pedology as a whole in the ecosystem 

§ Information and insight reflecting the author’s expertise on electron microscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance

§ Extensive revisions and expansion to include recent advances and shifting interests in the field

Soil Sampling, Preparation, and Analysis is divided into three sections: the first covers principles of soil sampling, sources of errors, and variability of results; the second explains common procedures for extraction and analysis in soil plant testing; and the last covers instrumentation.

While Professor Tan designed and further honed the book to serve the practical needs of students, with this volume he also provides them with an essential reference that will continue to serve them throughout their training and into their careers.

Reviews

“… covers principles of soil sampling, sources of errors, and variability of results; … explains common procedures for soil characterization, … extraction and analysis of macro- and micro-elements in soil plant testing; … covers instrumentation, from colorimetry to atomic absorption, atomic emission, and plasma emission spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, thermal analysis (DTA) and NMR, highlighting the major differences between humic and fulvic acids. … provides students with an exceptionally clear description of the sampling and analysis methods most commonly used in modern soil laboratories around the world. … it offers in fundamental principles, professional protocols, and specific procedures.”

— J Albaigés, Editor in Chief, Department of Environment Chemistry CID-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain, in International Journal Of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 86, 2006

praise for the first edition

“…a valuable reference for anyone who deals with multi-disciplinary soil and environmental issues

--Journal of Environmental Quality

Table of Contents

Principles of Soil Sampling

Sample Preparation

Errors and Variability, and Chemical Units of Soil Analysis

Methods of Soil Chemical Analysis

Soil and Plant Test

Determination of Soil Water

Determination of Soil Texture

Determination of Soil Density and Porosity

Soil pH Measurement and Lime Requirement

Cation Exchange Capacity and  % Base Saturation Determination

Determination of Macroelements

Determination of Microelements

Determination of Soil Organic Matter

Spectrophotometry and Colorimetry

Flame Photometry

Infrared Spectroscopy

X-Ray Diffraction Analysis

Differential Thermal Analysis

Scanning Electron Microscopy and Edax

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Appendices: Fundamental Constants; Greek Alphabet; Atomic Weights of the Major Elements; X-Ray Diffraction 2 D-Spacing Conversion Table; US Weights and Measures; International System of Units (SI) and Conversion Factors. References and Additional Readings

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI013000
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCI086000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TEC003000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General