Soil Science: Methods and Applications

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Longman Scientific & Technical, 1994 - 350 pages
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Soil Science: Methods and Applications offers a practical introduction to the various basic methods of assessing the properties of soil. The author takes great care to explain each method in a concise and accessible manner, providing useful guidance on how each method might be used in a practical situation.

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A good comprehensive text book from an equally good and respected soil chemist. Whilst not the easiest of reads (written by a chemist for chemists) the text covers all the basic and a considerable number of complex methods and procedures for determine soil properties and assessing land quality.
Whilst orientated more for laboratory analysis of field data many of the techniques can be adapted and utilised in field situations as is the case with the virtual consultancy, Persephone Habitat and Soil Management (phAsm), where the book forms the primary reference source.
The book is similarly geared towards the British approach to soil science and whilst more appropriate for that climate I recommend the book to anyone wanting to appreciate soils. learn how to assess properties within them and then apply that knowledge to the management of the land.
It is though a great shame that the book is not here in it's entirety. David Rowell, who I was tutored by at the University of Reading always gave the impression that he worked in science for the betterment of Humanity... perhaps I got that wrong


Mineral Particles the Soil
1 The weathering of rocks

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