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Soil is key to sustaining life – affecting air and water quality, the growth of plants and crops, and the health of the entire planet. Soil Chemistry 4e provides comprehensive coverage of the chemical interactions among organic and inorganic solids, air, water, microorganisms, and the plant roots in soil.
The fourth edition of Soil Chemistry has been revised and updated throughout and provides a basic description of important research and fundamental knowledge in the field. The text covers chemical processes that occur in soils, including: distribution and species of nutrients and contaminants in soils; aqueous chemistry of soil solutions and mineral dissolution; oxidation and reduction reactions in soils; soil mineral formation processes and properties; the formation and reactivity of soil organic matter; surface chemistry and cation, anion, and organic compound adsorption reactions; modelling soil chemical reactions; and reactions in acid and salt affected soils.
Although extensively revised with updated figures and tables, the fourth edition maintains the focus on introductory soil chemistry that has distinguished earlier editions. New chapters on properties of elements relevant to soil chemistry, and a chapter with special focus on soil surface characteristics have been added. Special Topics boxes are also included in the Fourth Edition that includes examples, noteworthy topics, and case studies. End of chapter questions are included as a resource for teaching.
1 Introduction to Soil Chemistry 1
2 Properties of Elements and Molecules 29
3 Characteristics of Chemicals in Soils 41
4 Soil Water Chemistry 73
5 Redox Reactions in Soils 113
6 Mineralogy and Weathering Processes in Soils 145
7 Chemistry of Soil Clays 185
8 Production and Chemistry of Soil Organic Matter 213
9 Surface Properties of Soil Colloids 237
10 Adsorption Processes in Soils 251
11 Measuring and Predicting Sorption Processes in Soils 295
12 Soil Acidity 315
13 Salt-Affected Soils 333
Dr. Daniel G. Strawn is a Professor of Soil Chemistry in the Plant, Soil, and Entomological Sciences Department at the University of Idaho in Moscow. Dr. Hinrich L. Bohn is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Dr. George A. O'Connor is a Professor in the Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida in Gainesville.