Many pedologists share the sentiment that a more comprehensive textbook is needed for the field of soil genesis and geomorphology. Schaetzl and Anderson have published a textbook that comes close to satisfying this need. As stated in the preface, their goal is to “produce a soil science text that could serve both as an initial soils text and as a cutting-edge resource book of research grade.” While reviewing this text, I have also frequently used it as a resource.

The text is organized into three parts: (1) The Building Blocks of the Soil, 2) Soil Genesis: From Parent Material to...

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