Humberto Blanco and Rattan Lal. Springer, Heidelberg, Germany. 2008. Hardcover. 617 pp. $229.00. Online version available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-4020-8708-0. ISBN 978-1-4020-8708-0.

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Conservation and sustainable management of soil are essential features of humankind's covenant with nature, as well they should be, given the essential ecosystem services that soil imparts to our world, such as producing food, moderating climate, storing and cycling water and nutrients, purifying water and denaturing pollutants, providing habitat for organisms, storing a diversity of germplasm, forming a solid base on which to build, and archiving human and planetary history. Unfortunately, soil erosion and land degradation have led...

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