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Soils in the Humid Tropics and Monsoon Region of Indonesia

ISBN 9781420069075
Published May 28, 2008 by CRC Press
584 Pages 41 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Highlighting the vast differences in tropical climate, from hot and humid to cool and arctic, Soils in the Humid Tropics and Monsoon Region of Indonesia explores the climate, soil zones, and altitudinal variation in soil formation. The author explores the changes in geomorphology, especially in climate and vegetation above sea level, that have yielded zones of different soils.

The book makes accessible hard-to-find information translated from Dutch archives. Informally divided into two parts, it begins with coverage of the development of soil science in Indonesia. The author reviews the geography and geomorphology of the archipelago, climate, vegetation, and mineralization and humification processes as factors of soil formation. The second part examines the major soils, their genesis, properties, taxonomy, land use, and evaluation. The discussion moves from lowlands, to uplands, then mountains, and concludes with andosols found in the mountains as well as in the lowlands.

Focused and timely, this book knits new knowledge with old but important information that has been previously difficult to access. These features and more make it an important resource in this field.

Table of Contents

The Development of Soil Science in Indonesia
The Pre-World War II Period
The Post-World War II Period
Geomorphology of Indonesia
Geographical Setting of Indonesia
Geomorphology of Major Islands
Climate of Indonesia
Climatic Divisions Based on Length of Dry and Wet Seasons
Altitudinal Variations in Climate
Significance of Tropical and Monsoon Climates in Pedogenesis
Vegetation of Indonesia
Climax Vegetation
Vegetation Provinces
Altitudinal Vegetation Zones
Soil formation, Classification, and Land Use
Soil Formation Factors
Soil-Forming Processes
The System of Soil Classification in Indonesia
Land Use in Indonesia
Soils in the Lowlands of Indonesia
Lowland Alfisols
Soils in the Upland of Indonesia
Podzolic Latosols
Soils in the Mountains of Indonesia
Highland Alfisols
Brown Podzolic Soils
Andosols of Indonesia
Parent Materials
Soil Morphology
Soil Classification
Physicochemical Characteristics
Land use and Evaluation
References and Additional Readings

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“Dr. Tan is uniquely qualified to discuss the comparative aspects of Indonesian and U.S. soils and the application of various soil classification systems to each. The book is informative and on occasion, provocative.”
-- Herbert F. Massey, University of Kentucky

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