Environmental Soil Physics

Fundamentals, Applications, and Environmental Considerations


  • Daniel Hillel, Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Environmental Soil Physics is a completely updated and modified edition of the Daniel Hillels previous, successful books, Introduction to Soil Physics and Fundamentals of Soil Physics. Hillel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, one of the true leaders in the field of environmental sciences. The new version includes a chapter and problems on computational techniques, addresses current environmental concerns and trends.
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Book information

  • Published: August 1998
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-348525-0


This text would make a valuable reference book for anyone working with soils in an environment context. The undertaking of this book by the author greatly serves a new age of environmental soil scientist. Environmental awareness is at its highest level ever and it is nice to have a leading scientist in his field cater to pertinent issues. This is a fine example of traditional subject matter being modernized to address current and relevant global issues."

"Hillel offers an authoritative account of the physical properties of soil and its role in both natural and managed ecosystems."

Table of Contents

Basic Relationships: General Physical Characteristics of Soils. Properties of Water in Relation to Porous Media. The Solid Phase: Particle Sizes and Specific Surface. Nature and Behavior of Clay. Soil Structure and Aggregation. The Liquid Phase: Content and Potential of Soil Water. Flow of Water in Saturated Soil. Flow of Water in Unsaturated Soil. Movement of Solutes and Soil Salinity. The Gaseous Phase: Content and Composition of Soil Air. Movement and Exchange of Gases in the Soil Composite Phenomena: Soil Temperature and Heat Flow. Soil Dynamics: Stress, Strain, and Strength. The Field Water Cycle: Entry of Water into Soil. Surface Runoff and Water Erosion. Redistribution of Water in Soil. Groundwater Drainage and Pollution. Evaporation From Bare Soil and Wind Erosion. Soil-Plant-Water Relations: Uptake of Soil Moisture by Plants. Water Balance and Energy Balance in The Field. Irrigation and Water-Use Efficiency. Appendices: Spatial Variability. Applications of Soil Physics to Remediation of Hazardous Waste Sites. Representing the Land Surface in Global Climate Models. Bibliography. Index.