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Soil classification and terminology are fundamental issues for the clear understanding and communication of the subject. However, while there are many national soil classification systems, these do not directly correlate with each other. This leads to confusion and great difficulty in undertaking comparative scientific research that draws on more than one system and in making sense of international scientific papers using a system that is unfamiliar to the reader. This book aims to clarify this position by describing and comparing different systems and evaluating them in the context of the World Reference Base (WRB) for Soil Resources. The latter was set up to resolve these problems by creating an international 'umbrella' system for soil correlation. All soil scientists should then classify soils using the WRB as well as their national systems. The book is a definitive and essential reference work for all students studying soils as part of life, earth or environmental sciences, as well as professional soil scientists.
Published with International Union of Soil Sciences
Table of Contents
Part I: The Theoretical Bases of Soil Classifications
1. Introduction to Classifications with an Emphasis on Soil Taxonomies
2. Soil Classifications: Their Peculiarity, Diversity and Correlation
3. The Structures of Soil Classifications
Part II: Soil Classifications and their Correlations
4. World Reference Base for Soil Resources - A Tool for International Soil Correlation
5. The United States Soil Taxonomy
6. Soil Classification of Canada
7. French Soil Classification System
8. Soil Classification of the United Kingdom
9. German Soil Classification
10. Soil Classification of Austria
11. Soil Classification of Switzerland
12. Soil Classification of the Netherlands
13. Soil Classification of Poland
14. Soil Classification of Czech Republic
15. Soil Classification of Slovakia
16. Soil Classification of Hungary
17. Soil Classification of Romania
18. Soil Classification of Bulgaria
19. Soil Classification and Diagnostics of the Former Soviet Union, 1977
20. Russian Soil Classification, 2006
21. Soil Classifications of the New Independent States
22. Soil Classification of Israel
23. Soil Classification of People's Republic of China
24. Soil Classification of Japan
25. Soil Classification of Brazil
26. Soil Classification of Cuba
27. Australian Soil Classification
28. Soil Classification of New Zealand
29. Soil Classification of Ghana
30. Soil Classification of South African Republic
31. Outdated, Extinct and Underdeveloped Classifications
32. Classifications of Paleosols
33. A Review of World Soil Classifications
Part III: Folk Soil Classifications
34. Ethnopedology and Folk Soil Classifications
35. Folk Soil Terminology, Listed by Regions
Pavel Krasilnikov is a Professor at the Faculty of Sciences of National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and is the Head of the Laboratory of Soil Geography and Ecology, Institute of Biology KarRC RAS, Petrozavodsk, Russia.
Juan-Jose Ibanez Marti is a Senior Researcher at Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificacion, CIDE (CSIC-UV, Valencia, Spain) and also works at E.P.S. Area de Ciencias del Suelo y Quimica Agricola, University of Burgos, Spain.
Richard W. Arnold has taught at University Guelph, Ontario (1963-1966), and Cornell University (1966-1980), and worked at USDA -NRCS (Washington DC) from 1980-2000 as Director of Soil Survey. He is now retired.
Serghei Shoba is the Dean of the Faculty of Soil Sciences of Lomonosov University, the President of Dokuchaev's (Russian) Soil Science Society, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal 'Eurasian Soil Science'.
Additional Contributors: Chapter 9 written together with Dr. P. Schad Chapter 16 with Professor E. Micheli Chapter 26 with Dr. A. Hernandez Jimenez Part III co-written by J. Tabor
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