Fundamentals of Soil Physics

Fundamentals of Soil Physics

1st Edition - July 28, 1980

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  • Author: Daniel Hillel
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123485601
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080918709

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This book is not, in any case, in total defiance of the Wise Old Man's admonition, for it is not an entirely new book. Rather, it is an outgrowth of a previous treatise, written a decade ago, entitled "Soil and Water: Physical Principles and Processes." Though that book was well enough received at the time, the passage of the years has inevitably made it necessary to either revise and update the same book, or to supplant it with a fresh approach in the form of a new book which might incorporate still-pertient aspects of its predecessor without necessarily being limited to the older book's format or point of view.


Upper-level and undergraduate for students in the soil physics and agricultural and environmental and engineering sciences.

Table of Contents

  • Preface. Acknowledgments. The Task of Soil Physics. General Physical Characteristics of Soils. Properties of Water in Relation to Porous Media. Texture, Particle Size Distribution, and Specific Surface. Nature and Behaviour of Clay. Soil Structure and Aggregation. Soil Water: Content and Potential. Flow of Water in Saturated Soil. Flow of Water in Unsaturated Soil. Movement of Solutes and Soil Salinity. Soil Air and Aeration. Soil Temperature and Heat Flow. Stree-Strain Relations an Soil Strength. Soil Compaction and Consolidation. Bibliography. Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 413
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: July 28, 1980
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123485601
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080918709

About the Author

Daniel Hillel

Born in California and raised in Israel, Dr. Daniel Hillel acquired an early and lifelong love of the land and a commitment to understanding and protecting the natural environment. Through decades of work in some thirty countries, he has become an international authority on sustainable management of land and water resources. Dr. Hillel has served as professor of soil physics, hydrology and the environmental sciences at leading universities in the U.S. and abroad, and has been a consultant to the World Bank and the United Nations. Among the honors he has received are the Chancellor's Medal for Exemplary Service at the University of Massachusetts , a Guggenheim award, and Doctorates of Science honoris causa by Guelph University of Canada and Ohio State University . Dr. Hillel is an elected Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the Soil Science Society of America, and the American Society of Agronomy and was granted the Distinguished Service Award by the latter societies. He has published well over 300 scientific papers and research reports, and authored or edited twenty two books. His definitive textbooks on environmental physics have been use by universities and research institutions throughout the world and have been translated into twelve languages.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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