DONALD L. SPARKS. Academic Press, San Diego, CA 92101-4495. 2003. Hard bound, 352 pp., $49.95. ISBN 0-12-656446-9.

The first edition of this text, published in 1995, has been a popular selection for junior/senior and beginning graduate level courses that teach soil chemistry in the context of environmental pollution. The new version retains the chapter structure and content of the first edition, but it has been updated and substantial new information has been incorporated, resulting in an additional 85 pages. The most evident change in the second edition is the infusion of examples pertaining to the use of molecular spectroscopy and...

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