Introduction to Environmental Soil Physics

Introduction to Environmental Soil Physics

1st Edition - October 17, 2003

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  • Author: Daniel Hillel
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123486554
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080495774

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An abridged, student-oriented edition of Hillel's earlier published Environmental Soil Physics, Introduction to Environmental Soil Physics is a more succinct elucidation of the physical principles and processes governing the behavior of soil and the vital role it plays in both natural and managed ecosystems. The textbook is self-contained and self-explanatory, with numerous illustrations and sample problems. Based on sound fundamental theory, the textbook leads to a practical consideration of soil as a living system in nature and illustrates the influences of human activity upon soil structure and function. Students, as well as other readers, will better understand the importance of soils and the pivotal possition they occupy with respect to careful and knowledgeable conservation.

Key Features

  • Written in an engaging and clear style, posing and resolving issues relevant to the terrestrial environment
  • Explores the gamut of the interactions among the phases in the soil and the dynamic interconnection of the soil with the subterranean and atmospheric domains
  • Reveals the salient ideas, approaches, and methods of environmental soil physics
  • Includes numerous illustrative exercises, which are explicitly solved
  • Designed to serve for classroom and laboratory instruction, for self-study, and for reference
  • Oriented toward practical problems in ecology, field-scale hydrology, agronomy, and civil engineering
  • Differs from earlier texts in its wider scope and holistic environmental conception


Students in soil chemistry and physics, as well as other environmental disciplines.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    Part I: Basic Relationships
    1. Soil Physics and Soil Physical Characteristics
    2. Water Properties in Relation to Porous Media
    Part II: The Solid Phase
    3. Particle Sizes, Shapes, and Specific Surface
    4. Clay, the Colloidal Component
    5. Soil Structure and Aggregation
    Part III: The Liquid Phase
    6. Water Content and Potential in the Soil
    7. Water Flow in Saturated Soil
    8. Water Flow in Unsaturated Soil
    9. Solute Movement and Soil Salinity
    Part IV: The Gaseous Phase
    10. Gas Content and Composition in the Soil
    11. Gas Movement and Exchange with the Atmosphere
    Part V: Composite Phenomena
    12. Temperature and Heat Flow in the Soil
    13. Stress, Strain, and Strength of Soil Bodies
    Part VI: The Field Water Cycle14. Water Entry into Soil
    15. Surface Runoff and Water Erosion
    16. Redistribution and Retention of Water in Soil
    17. Groundwater Drainage and Pollution
    18. Evaporation from Bare Soil and Wind Erosion
    Part VII: Soil-Plant-Water Relations
    19. Plant Uptake of Soil Moisture
    20. Water Balance and Energy Balance in the Field
    21. Irrigation and Water Use Efficiency

Product details

  • No. of pages: 498
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2003
  • Published: October 17, 2003
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123486554
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080495774

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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  • FrancescoGhizzo Wed May 15 2019

    Perfect service. I totally recommend

    The book arrived on time and in perfect conditions. One of the best books on the subject of soils I happened to read as a university student.