Soil in the Environment

Soil in the Environment

Crucible of Terrestrial Life

1st Edition - December 14, 2007

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  • Author: Daniel Hillel
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080554969
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123485366

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Soil in the Environment is key for every course in soil science, earth science, and environmental disciplines. This textbook engages students to critically look at soil as the central link in the function and creation of the terrestrial environment. For the first time, Dr. Hillel brilliantly discusses soils as a natural body that is engaged in dynamic interaction with the atmosphere above and the strata below that influences the planet's climate and hydrological cycle, and serves as the primary habitat for a versatile community of living organisms. The book offers a larger perspective of soil’s impact on the environment by organizing chapters among three main processes: Physical, Chemical, and Biology. It is organized in a student-friendly format with examples, discussion boxes, and key definitions in every chapter. The book provides students of geology, physical science, and environmental studies with fundamental information and tools for meeting the natural resource challenges of the 21st century, while providing students of soil science and ecology with the understanding of physical and biological interactions necessary for sustainability.

Key Features

  • First textbook to unite soil science and the environment beyond what is traditionally taught
  • Incorporates current knowledge of such hot topics as climate change, pollution control, human expropriation of natural resources, and the prospects for harmonious and sustainable development
  • Organized in a student-friendly format with examples, discussion boxes, and key definitions in every chapter
  • Full color throughout


Advanced undergraduate professors who teach courses in Soil Physics, Soil Geography, Soil Ecology, Soil Chemistry, Geophysics, Environmental Geography, Environmental Science, Earth Science,
Physical Geography

Table of Contents

  • 1. Soil as a Living Body: Its Dynamic Role in the Environment
    2. Soil in the History of Civilization
    3. Soil Formation
    4. Soil Classification
    5. Soil Physical Attributes
    6. Soil-Water Statics
    7. Soil-Water Dynamics
    8. Soil-Water Cycle
    9. Soil-Water and Soil-Energy Balances in the Field
    10. Soil Chemical Attributes and Processes
    11. Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
    12. Soil Biodiversity
    13. Soil and Water Management
    14. Soil Erosion and Conservation
    15. Soil Pollution and Remediation
    16. Concluding Overview

    APPENDIX A: The Role of Soil inthe Mitigation of Global Warming
    APPENDIX B: The Role of Soil in the Global Food Supply

Product details

  • No. of pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2007
  • Published: December 14, 2007
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080554969
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123485366

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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