Soils of Malaysia

Muhammad Aqeel Ashraf, Radziah Othman, Che Fauziah Ishak

September 20, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 214 Pages - 53 Color & 14 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138197695 - CAT# K31301

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  • Describes major soil types and soil classification through recent mapping and illustrations.
  • Discusses geology and geomorphology, climate, land use and vegetation along with the diversity of flora and fauna.
  • Explains soils in terms of physio-chemical characteristics and ecosystem, soil organisms and their functions, and importance of soils for construction characteristics and stabilization.
  • Outlines agricultural causes and effects of soil contamination and controlling methods.
  • Includes comprehensive coverage of soil fertility and management as well as future fate of Malaysian soils.


There are approximately 500 different soil varieties in Malaysia, most is residual soil and coastal alluvial soil. This book presents a comprehensive overview of various aspects of soils in Malaysia. It covers topics including climate; flora and fauna; geology and hydrology; land use changes for agriculture; soil fertility; human-induced soil degradation; and soil contamination sources. It features information on the role of biological, chemical, mechanical, and physical factors in relation to soil properties. The book highlights land use impact, soil problems arising from contamination and its control methods, the management of problem soils, limiting materials as well as future soil issues.

The presentation of different soils in Malaysia is organized through chapters based on two major soil groups (a) the sedentary soils formed in the interior on a wide range of rock types, and (b) the soils of the coastal alluvial plains. The book features information on how these various soil types affect the economy of the country and highlights the soil issues and challenges within the context of sustainable agriculture. Useful to graduate students of soil science, professionals, and agriculturalists, it provides extensive knowledge of agriculture soils in Malaysia in a concise and user-friendly manner.