Introduction to Environmental Soil Physics

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9781493300631
eBook ISBN: 9780080495774
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 22nd October 2003
Page Count: 494
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An abridged, student-oriented edition of Hillel's earlier published Environmental Soil Physics, this 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
  14. Surface Runoff and Water Erosion
  15. Redistribution and Retention of Water in Soil
  16. Groundwater Drainage and Pollution
  17. Evaporation from Bare Soil and Wind Erosion Part VII: Soil-Plant-Water Relations
  18. Plant Uptake of Soil Moisture
  19. Water Balance and Energy Balance in the Field
  20. Irrigation and Water Use Efficiency Bibliography


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" excellent introductory text for an undergraduate course in soil physics. The book is well written and nicely presents the major topics of soil physics through the use of sidebars, boxes, worked example problems, color graphics, and informative figures and tables...the book provides a comprehensive list of recent and classic references for the reader to obtain more detailed information on the major topics covered...As a soil physics text, I've always appreciated that the author includes a treatment of water table fluctuation dynamics and an introduction to groundwater flow in confined and unconfined aquifers." - Nels Ruud, Furgo West Inc., Oakland, California, U.S.A. "...recommended it to be used both by the students of environmental, agricultural and engineering, and also by specialists of this field. We are convinced that this study will open a new scientific research horizon in the field of soil physics." - Professor Corneliu Cismaru, Ph.D. "As usual, Dr. Daniel Hillel has prepared a carefully and clearly worded exposition on the physical properties and processes that occur in or on a soil. My students have always praised his books and I am sure this one will enhance that reputation. In addition to students, this work can help those who are concerned about the environment or who depend on the soil for their livelihood." - Dr. Daniel D. Fritton Professor of Soil Physics Pennsylvania State University "For over thirty years, students of soil science, agronomy, hydrology, engineering, and ecology have learned the principles of soil physics from the series of books by Professor Daniel Hillel -- books noted for their definitive clarity of expression, profound insights, and wide scope. The present version, remarkably, exceeds its predecessors in all categories. It updates the topic and integrates it within the larger