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Celebrating Soil: Discovering Soils and Landscapes

By: Megan R Balks(Author), Darlene Zabowski(Author)

199 pages, 284 colour & 1 b/w photos and illustrations


Hardback | Oct 2016 | #228747 | ISBN-13: 9783319326825
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NHBS Price: £34.99 $46/€39 approx

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This richly illustrated book celebrates the diversity, importance, and intrinsic beauty of soils around the world and helps the reader to understand the ways that soils are related to the landscapes in which they form. Celebrating Soil unravels the complex bond between humans and soils and the importance of soils in our cultures and everyday lives.

Soil is critical to terrestrial life on earth. It underpins human food supply and provides materials on which we build our lives. Soil is out of sight and often out of mind, thus easy to overlook. Yet soil has tremendous variety and intrinsic beauty for those who care to look. Soil contains a memory of the events that have shaped the landscape and the environment. With help you can look at a soil and understand the stories that it has to tell.

Written in a reader-friendly way, Celebrating Soil is a wonderful resource for farmers, horticulturalists, naturalists, students and others who are concerned about how soils are formed, work and are used.


- Soils in harmony with the environment
- Soils born of fire
- Soils born of water
- Soils of forests
- Soils of grasslands and rangelands
- Soils in extreme environments
- When the earth moves: Earthquakes, landslides and erosion
- Soils and humans
- Managing and caring for our soils
- Visual dictionary
- Further Reading

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Dr Megan Balks has over 30 years of experience in soil related study, research, and teaching. Megan is based in New Zealand (at the University of Waikato) and her experience includes 19 trips to study soils in Antarctica as well as work throughout NZ. Megan has also travelled widely to study soils having undertaken fieldtrips in many parts of the world, including; the Arctic (Russia, Norway, and Alaska), Australia, Thailand, Peru, China, Samoa and Europe. Megan undertook her PhD studying irrigation of effluent onto land and she has also worked on water irrigation schemes in Otago and effluent irrigation in Australia. She has supervised over 40 graduate thesis projects on the widest range of soil-related studies from soil fertility in New Zealand hill country, through irrigation of city wastewater onto land and study of some of the most southerly soils on the planet in Antarctica. Megan is a Fellow of the New Zealand Society of Soil Science (the first woman to receive that honor). With her husband Errol, Megan owns a small hill country sheep farm, that also includes about 60 acres of NZ native forest, and so she has hands-on experience in managing the land.

Professor Darlene Zabowski has a BS in Forest Ecology and an MS and PhD in Soil Science.She worked as a Research Soil Scientist for the US Forest Service before transferring to the University of Washington in 1993. She has conducted research on soils and taught introductory soils and advanced classes in soil science for nearly 30 years. She has received several awards for excellence in teaching. Darlene has worked with many soils in various areas of the US as well as Canada, New Zealand, and China and participated in field trips in many other parts of the world. Her research has mostly focused on forest soils, but has often included comparative research with soils from other ecosystems and a variety of landscapes. Darlene is an avid hiker and enjoys keeping the soil in her vegetable garden healthy.

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