This book, first published in 1965, was the first by a British soil expert in which he wrote a study of his subject from a geographical, not an agricultural or biological, viewpoint. Chapters 1-8 deal with the factors and processes in soil formation. Chapters 9-17 describe the soil groups of the different regions of the world – for example, desert and tundra, the boreal zone, the Mediterranean, and intertropical areas.
1. Introduction 2. Factors of Soil Formation 3. The Inorganic Factor in Soil Formation 4. The Organic Factor in Soil Formation 5. Climate and Soil Formation 6. Geomorphic Factors in Soil Development 7. The Time Factor in Soil Formation 8. The Processes of Soil Formation 9. Soil Description, Classification and Nomenclature 10. Azonal Soils or Entisols 11. Intrazonal Soils 12. Desert and Tundra Soils 13. Light Coloured Soils of the Boreal Zone (Podzols) 14. Brown Podzolic and Brown Earth Groups 15. Soils of Subhumid Plainlands 16. Soils of Mediterranean and Humid Subtropical Areas 17. Soils of Intertropical Areas