This four-volume set, edited by leading experts in soil science, brings together in one collection a series of papers that have been fundamental to the development of soil science as a defined discipline. Some of the papers were first published many years ago, but they remain classics in their fields and retain their relevance to the understanding of current issues. The papers have been selected with the assistance of an eminent international editorial board.
The set includes a general introduction and each volume is introduced by a new overview essay, placing the selected papers in context. The range of subject matter is considerable, including traditional subjects such as soil genesis, physics and mineralogy, applied disciplines such as soils and hydrology, land degradation and plant nutrition, as well as more contemporary topics such as soil pollution, land use and environmental change. Overall, the set provides students and teachers, confronted with thousands of journal articles, book chapters and grey literature stretching back over nearly a century, with a ready-made selection of and commentary on the most important key writings in soil science.
It will be an essential reference for libraries concerned with earth sciences, environmental studies, agriculture and forestry.
'This innovative way of compiling seminal papers in soil science provides a very useful retrospective as soil science moves into the 21st century.' Pedro A. Sanchez, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, USA 'The Editors are to be congratulated in presenting this compendium of some of the classic papers in Soil Science and making them available in the four volumes. They will be of particular assistance to those who are beginning their careers in the subject.' Stephen Nortcliff, Secretary General, International Union of Soil Sciences, and Professor, Department of Soil Science, University of Reading, UK 'The strength of this set of volumes lies in the fact that it covers a large number of seminal papers from the entire range of sub-disciplines of soil science. This makes it an inspiring set for both the beginning and more experienced soil scientists and a worthwhile resource for teaching basic soil science concepts to the new generation who will add their own contributions.' Marthijn Sonneveld, Geoderma
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