An evolving, living organic/inorganic covering, soil is in dynamic equilibrium with the atmosphere above, the biosphere within, and the geology below. It acts as an anchor for roots, a purveyor of water and nutrients, a residence for a vast community of microorganisms and animals, a sanitizer of the environment, and a source of raw materials for construction and manufacturing. To develop lasting solutions to the challenges of balanced use and stewardship of the Earth, we require a fundamental understanding of soil—from its elastic, porous three-phase system to its components, processes, and reactions.
Now in two volumes, Handbook of Soil Sciences, Second Edition is a comprehensive and cohesive reference on the discipline of soil science. It contains definitive descriptions of each major area in the discipline, including fundamental principles, appropriate methods to measure each property, variations in properties in different soils throughout the world, and guidelines for the interpretation of the data for various applications in agriculture, engineering, and environmental sciences.
Completely revised and updated, the handbook assembles core knowledge from all fields encompassed within the soil sciences. The first volume presents fundamental principles and recent advances in the traditional areas of soil science: soil physics, soil chemistry, soil mineralogy, soil biology and biochemistry, and pedology. The second volume covers interfacial interactions between the physical, chemical, and biological regimes within the soil; the factors that control the availability of plant nutrients and microelements; interdisciplinary aspects of soil science, including salinity, sodicity, and soil erosion; and soil databases for assessing worldwide soil resources.
Critical elements addressed in each section include:
Compiled by leading scientists, this handbook provides a resource rich in data and gives professional soil scientists, agronomists, engineers, ecologists, biologists, naturalists, and students their first point of entry into a particular aspect of the soil sciences.
Volume I: Properties and Processes
Soil Biology and Biochemistry: Soil Biology in Its Second Golden Age
Volume II: Resource Management and Environmental Impacts
Soil Physical, Chemical, and Biological Interfacial Interactions
Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Interdisciplinary Aspects of Soil Science
These two books are the greatly revised, rewritten and expanded versions of the Handbook first published in 2000. In the intervening period, soil science has undergone great changes through the application of modern methods of chemical and physical analysis, new approaches to biology and the application of ever more powerful computers to the processing and display of natural resource data. There has also been a significant shift in the approach to soils as part of an environmental continuum with the atmosphere and water, and the implications of change to all these compartments and the interactions between them, and the rise of interdisciplinary science. These books reflect that progress. The Editors have drawn together a distinguished and wide-ranging panel of Associate Editors and contributors to assist them in the presentation of the information.
—European Journal of Soil Science, April 2012, 63, 312–313
This unique, valuable handbook continues to be the state-of-the-art resource in soil science. This edition is dedicated to Huang, who began developing the second edition but died before its completion. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students in soil science disciplines, researchers/faculty, and professionals, including biologists, engineers, geomorphologists, and agronomists with a soil science background.
—S. G. Shetron, emeritus, Michigan Technological University, CHOICE, 2012