R. LAL and M.J. SHUKLA. Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York. 2004. Hardbound, 716 pp. $94.95. ISBN 0-8247-5324-0.

In the preface to their book, Principles of Soil Physics, authors Lal and Shukla state that the text is intended to focus on “soil's physical, mechanical, and hydrological properties, such as the soil gas phase, salinity and evaporation processes. Nevertheless, the technical level at which the book is written, and the authors' efforts to include field data and summary diagrams of management strategies, may indeed prove very useful to students who are training to be practitioners of soil physics, as compared with...

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