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An evolving, living organic/inorganic covering, soil is in dynamic equilibrium with the atmosphere above, the biosphere within, and the geology below. It acts as an anchor for roots, a purveyor of water and nutrients, a residence for a vast community of microorganisms and animals, a sanitizer of the environment, and a source of raw materials for construction and manufacturing. To develop lasting solutions to the challenges of balanced use and stewardship of the Earth, we require a fundamental understanding of soil-from its elastic, porous three-phase system to its components, processes, and reactions.
Now in two volumes, "Handbook of Soil Sciences", Second Edition is a comprehensive and cohesive reference on the discipline of soil science. It contains definitive descriptions of each major area in the discipline, including fundamental principles, appropriate methods to measure each property, variations in properties in different soils throughout the world, and guidelines for the interpretation of the data for various applications in agriculture, engineering, and environmental sciences.
Completely revised and updated, the handbook assembles core knowledge from all fields encompassed within the soil sciences. The first volume presents fundamental principles and recent advances in the traditional areas of soil science: soil physics, soil chemistry, soil mineralogy, soil biology and biochemistry, and pedology. The second volume covers interfacial interactions between the physical, chemical, and biological regimes within the soil; the factors that control the availability of plant nutrients and microelements; interdisciplinary aspects of soil science, including salinity, sodicity, and soil erosion; and soil databases for assessing worldwide soil resources.
Volume I: Properties and Processes
Soil Biology and Biochemistry: Soil Biology in Its Second Golden Age
Volume II: Resource Management and Environmental Impacts
Soil Physical, Chemical, and Biological Interfacial Interactions
Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Interdisciplinary Aspects of Soil Science
Dr Pan Ming Huang was the professor of soil science emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and served for 44 years in that institution. His research work has significantly advanced the frontiers of knowledge on the formation chemistry, nature, and surface reactivity of mineral colloids, organic matter, and organomineral complexes in soils and sediments and their role in the dynamics, transformations, and fate of nutrients, toxic metals, and xenobiotics in terrestrial and aquatic environments. His research findings, embodied in well over 300 refereed scientific publications, are fundamental to the development of sound strategies for managing land and water resources in the Earth's critical zone.
Dr Yuncong Li is the University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) professor of soil science in the Department of Soil and Water Science at the Tropical Research and Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida in Homestead. He is also an affiliated professor at the University of Florida's Center for Tropical Agriculture, Hydrologic Sciences Academic Cluster, School of Natural Resources and Environment, and Water Institute. His research and extension program focuses on water and soil quality monitoring, assessment and remediation, management practices to improve nutrient use efficiency, and nutrient cycling in soils/sediments. He has authored or coauthored over 150 research papers, 70 extension articles, and 15 book chapters. He recently edited a book, Water Quality Concepts, Sampling, and Analyses (CRC Press, 2010). He serves as an associate editor for Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology and Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis.
Dr Malcolm E. Sumner is the Regents' Professor of Environmental Soil Science Emeritus in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at the University of Georgia, Athens. His published works cover a wide range of topics, including subsoil acidity, the agricultural uses of gypsum, diagnosis of yield-limiting factors, beneficial use of anthropogenic wastes, and transport of nutrients in soils. A widely respected author, Dr. Sumner's works include Soil Acidity (Springer-Verlag, 1991), Soil Crusting: Chemical and Physical Processes (Lewis Publishers, 1992), Suelos de la Agroindustria Cafetalera de Guatemala (University of Georgia, 1994), Distribution, Properties and Management of Australian Sodic Soils (CSIRO Publications, 1995), "Sodic Soils: Distribution, Properties, Management, and Environmental Consequences" (Oxford University Press, 1998), and the Handbook of Soil Sciences (CRC Press, 1999). He has authored or coauthored over 350 scientific papers, including 220 refereed journal articles, and has contributed chapters to over 30 books.
"[The first volume] is a hefty tome separated into five sections: soil physics, chemistry, mineralogy, biology and biochemistry, and pedology. [...] Each chapter is a rich resource for choosing and discovering methodologies and understanding developments in soil science, and provides a database for equations needed in soil science. Non-soil scientists should not dismiss these handbooks since many chapters cross disciplines. [...] The list of authors for each chapter is truly impressive, with contributions from many eminent soil scientists. [...] The second volume contains a further 33 chapters broken into four parts: soil physical, chemical and biological interfacial interactions; soil fertility and plant nutrition; interdisciplinary aspects of soil science; and soil databases. Again, the calibre of the authors is exemplary and the comments made for the first volume apply equally to the second. [...] this is now my first 'go to' text for soil science and will be invaluable as a resource. I would highly recommend that libraries update their first edition and with these two new volumes."
– TJ Clough, Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research, 2013, Vol. 56, No. 1, 91-92.