Today it seems highly questionable to state (or at least to believe) that the maximum profit from soils can be obtained by means of maximum yield. Instead, it is crucial to realize that soils are vulnerable or even destructible because of several (mainly anthropogenic) reasons. In view of this growing emergency, this book represents an attempt to focus on the main aspects related to the proper use of soils. This monograph is based on the symposium on Sustainable Use and Management of Soils in Arid and Semiarid Regions held in Cartagena, Spain, in 2002. The aim of the symposium...

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