This well-illustrated book is printed on high-quality paper and contains a variety of soil science topics related to environmental quality and sustainable agriculture. A discussion of the relationships between geology and soil science should be of interest to scientists in both fields. In the first section, ‘Soil, human society and the environment’, the editors briefly summarize the book and introduce topics presented in the 15 other sections. Illustrations and effective analogies are used to describe soils as dynamic, multi-component, interacting systems of mineral particles, organic matter, air, water, and soil biota. For example, the total internal surface of a 120...

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