Soil and Water Chemistry: An Integrative Approach

Michael E. Essington

October 29, 2003 by CRC Press
Textbook - 552 Pages - 317 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780849312588 - CAT# 1258

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  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the chemical and mineralogical characteristics and processes of soils
  • Explores the methodologies, analytical techniques, and computations used to express soil chemical properties
  • Utilizes environmentally and agronomically-based examples to highlight the dynamic nature of soil systems
  • Provides a complete overview of water chemistry, with a detailed focus on hydration-hydrolysis, Lowry-Bronsted and Lewis acids and bases, sampling methods, and more
  • Examines the processes that distribute matter between solid and solution phases
  • Highlights the genesis, characterization, management, and properties of acidic, saline, and sodic soil systems
  • Contains more than 300 original figures and approximately 90 tables
  • Summary

    Traditionally the study of chemical principles as they relate to soil has been limited to the field of agronomics. Soil and Water Chemistry: An Integrative Approach, stands alone because it balances agricultural and environmental perspectives in its analysis of the chemical properties and processes that affect organic and inorganic soil substances.

    Written for soil science practitioners, researchers, and students, this book provides a comprehensive treatment of soil composition and reactions. Topics include: clay mineralogy, soil organic matter, mineral weathering and stability, ion speciation, solubility, ion exchange, adsorption, oxidation-reduction, acidity, alkalinity, and salinity. Each chapter concludes with numerous exercises that emphasize concepts and have practical, real-world applications.