This book was born as an international tribute to Fiorenzo C. Ugolini, an outstanding soil scientist, now retired from university teaching and research. It is a synthesis of the knowledge of soils, their genesis, functions and management, and includes contributions from leading soil scientists. It provides the basic concepts as well as data and practical examples from across the discipline. The book also discusses the increasingly important role of soils in enabling the preservation of life and contains a rare attempt to cross-harmonize the Soil Groups of the World Reference Base of Soil Resources with the Orders of the Soil Taxonomy. It also considers the possible existence of extraterrestrial soils based on the findings from the last space missions. This volume will be a valuable resource for researchers and students of soil science, soil conservation, geography and landscape ecology.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Weight: 530 g
Dimensions: 244 x 170 x 18 mm
Review of the hardback: '… this book covers a wide range of topics, contains useful and contemporary information for students and educators as well as for soil scientists.' Il Suolo
Review of the hardback: 'This book is written with the upper level undergraduate students, graduate students, and the teaching staff in mind and should be of value to those working in the areas of soil and water conservation, pedology, geology, geography, geomorphology and landscape ecology.' Soil Science Society of America Journal
Review of the hardback: 'As a student text, this book will be most useful for those final year undergraduate students who have had at least an introduction to the subject … Novices are likely to find the concise summary of each field most helpful in itself and a gateway into the literature. The chapters are well-referenced and up to date.' European Journal of Soil Science