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Soil and Environmental Science Dictionary

1st Edition

Edited by E.G. Gregorich, L. W. Turchenek, M.R. Carter, Denis A. Angers

CRC Press

600 pages | 75 B/W Illus.

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The lingo of soil science is a language unto itself. Soil and Environmental Science Dictionary is a glossary of terms used in soil and environmental science, including terms from related disciplines. Designed for teachers, students, researchers and others interested or involved in environmental sciences related to soils, this compilation includes all terms and definitions from the current Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS) glossary as well as from various other sources such as the Soil Science Society of America and the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

Soil and Environmental Science Dictionary defines terms accurately and clearly for professionals working in areas such as agronomy, building construction, civil engineering, forestry, environmental science and planning, geology, hydrology, petrology, and plant science.


"…I therefore congratulate the editors of the Soil and Environmental Science Dictionary for compiling this valuable reference tool, which I am sure will find favor with many who work in the greater soil and environmental sciences field…This dictionary should serve as a valuable reference for anyone who deals with multi-disciplinary soil and environmental issues: scientists, students, teachers, environmental manager, regulators, consultants, and policymakers."

-Journal of Environmental Quality, vol. 31, July-August 2002

"The title of this dictionary implies that it is mainly concerned with soil and environmental science, but it covers a broader range of disciplines, including physical geography, geology, and meteorology. Readers needing brief but informative definitions will find it very helpful…it is published in English and French, making it useful for the discipline for which it was designed as well as for language classes…Highly recommended for all libraries and all levels of users."

-J.C. Stachacz, Dickinson College, in CHOICE

Table of Contents


Using the Dictionary

Dictionary (A-Z: English Terms with Equivalent French Terms)

English/French Index of Terms by Subject Area/Discipline

French/English Index of Terms by Subject Area/Discipline

References: Sources of Terms

References: Sources of Illustrations

Appendix A. Units

Table A.1 SI Prefixes

Table A.2 SI Base Units

Table A.3 Conversion Factors for SI and Non-SI Units

Appendix B. Soil Properties

Table B.1. Types and Classes of Soil Structure

Figure B.1. Type, Kind, and Classes of Soil Structure

Figure B.2. Soil Texture Classes

Appendix C. Geological Timescale

Table C.1 The Geological Timescale

Appendix D. Soil Classification

Table D.1. Canadian Soil Classification at Levels of Order, Great Group, and Subgroup

Table D.2. Correlation of Horizon Definitions and Designations

Table D.3. Correlation of U.S. and FAO Diagnostic Horizons with Canadian Equivalents

Table D.4. Taxonomic Correlation at the Canadian Order and Great Group Levels

Appendix E. Ecozones of Canada

Figure E.1 Terrestrial Ecozones of Canada

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General