Antarctica: Soils, Weathering Processes and Environment, 16By
- I.B. Campbell
- G.G.C. Claridge, N.Z. Soil Bureau, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Developments in Soil Science
Published: June 1987
... an impressive book ... it not only improves our understanding of global soils, it also contributes to Antarctic glacial history and ultimately, perhaps, our understanding of global climate change ... I conclude by congratulating the authors on a fine book...
New Zealand Society of Soil Science: Soil News
This excellent account is largely a personal record of the authors' extensive and detailed research ... an invaluable addition to Antarctic scientific literature ... `Campbell and Claridge' will be the standard reference for a long time to come.
...the volume deserves a place in many personal libraries and certainly most university libraries...
The authors are to be congratulated on their synthesis, which provides a fitting culmination to their years of field work.
This book provides a wealth of information about Antarctica, illustrated throughout by 25 colour plates and an abundance of black and white photographs, figures and tables. Antarctica is currently the subject of world-wide interest, both because of its supposed potential for minerals, and because of its very high aesthetic and environmental values. In recent years, scientists from the New Zealand Soil Bureau have been involved in the investigation of soils and soil processes in as many parts of Antarctica as could be reached. They have shown how Antarctic soils vary with different environmental conditions, how soil processes in Antarctica compare with those in other parts of the world, and how the soils provide valuable information for reconstruction of the history of Antarctica. At the same time, many other workers have taken up studies of a pedological nature in Antarctica, and a great deal of information is now available. It is therefore timely to review the current state of soil science in Antarctica, for, as is found elsewhere in the world, land management needs to be in accordance with soil attributes. The authors assume that the reader has little previous knowledge of Antarctica, and therefore have provided sufficient background information to allow the Antarctic environment as it is related to soil formation to be fully understood. ... a masterly survey of the fundamental principles of Antarctic pedology, and represents the culmination of an era of exploration and scientific work.