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ISBN 9781566701730
Published June 13, 1995 by CRC Press
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Book Description

Soil Structure offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of soil structure and its relevance to wide ranging investigations in environmental sciences. Topics covered in Soil Structure include soil structure determination, soil fabric genesis and functions, strength and stress distribution, fabric changes in plastic clays, the effects of organic matter and earthworms, air slaking, and hydraulic conductivity changes. The book also discusses litter decomposition and matter transport, the characterization of pore organization, monitoring via a neutron activated tracer, various influences on growth and phosphorus supply of plants and on water uptake by plants, the effects of acidification, and much more. Improved procedures for measuring and calculating the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity of structured soils are also given.

Table of Contents

Determination of Soil Structure at Various Scales, U. Babel, K.H. Hartge, R. Horn, and H. Wiechmann
Morphological Investigations on Genesis and Functions of Soil Fabric - Places, Pathways, Boundaries, U. Babel, H. Vogel, M. Krebs, G. Leithold, and C. Hemmann
Effect of Aggregate Strength on Strength and Stress Distribution in Structured Soils, R. Horn, T. Baumgartl, R. Kayser, and S. Baasch
Strength Distributions in Soil Aggregates, H.H. Becher
Fabric Changes in Plastic Clays by Freezing and Thawing, K.A. Czurda, S. Ludwig, and R. Schababerle
Mechanical Properties of Soils as Influenced by the Incorporation of Organic Matter, H.Q. Zhang and K.H. Hartge
Earthworm Effects on Soil Fabric with Emphasis on Soil Stability and Soil Water Movement, S. Schrader, M. Joschko, H. Kula, and O. Larink
Development of Soil Structure, Soil Chemical, Biological, Physical, and Mechanical Properties of Reclaimed Soils Derived from Loess and Harbour Sediments, R. Schneider and D. Schröder
Mechanisms of Air Slaking, S. Gäth and H.-G. Frede
Earthworm Burrows as a Structural Element of Intensively Used Arable Loess Soils, K.R. Poier and J. Richter
Change of Saturated/Unsaturated Hydraulic Conductivity Under Geostatic Stress Conditions, H. Becker, V. Feeser, D. Guenther, F. Kramer, G. Matthess, J. Michaelsen, H. Thien, and P. Widmoser
Litter Decomposition and Matter Transport in Beds of Soil Aggregates, S. Augustin, M. Jansen, E. Priesack, and F. Beese
Characterizing Pore Organization by Soil Physical Parameters, W. Ehlers, O. Wendroth, and F. de Mol
Monitoring the Translocation of Soil Particles Using a Neutron Activated Tracer, B. Riebe
Improved Procedures for the Measurement and Calculation of Unsaturated Hydraulic Conductivity of Structured Soils, C.H. Roth, R. Plagge, H. Bohl, and M. Renger
Effects of Soil Structure on Microbial Biomass, T.-H. Anderson and K.H. Domsch
Does Acidification Affect Soil Structure? G. Völker, P. Benecke, and J. Friedrich
The Influence of Soil Porosity and Matric Water Potential on Water Uptake by Plants, C. Sommer, H.J. Dürr, and M. Schwarz
Influence of Soil Compaction on Growth and Phosphorus Supply of Plants, C. Hoffmann and A. Jungk
Concluding Remarks, K.H. Hartge
Index
Chapter References

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