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Introduces basic soil science theory, placing great emphasis on environmental issues, and incorporating the new soil classification system.
List of plates; Foreword; Acknowledgments; 1. The soil profile; 2. Soil formation; 3. Classification and characteristics of New Zealand soils; 4. Soil pattern, soil mappings, soil maps and their interpretation; 5. The physical and mechanical characteristics of soils; 6. The storage of water in soil; 7. Water and solute movement in soils and plants; 8. Soil aeration and temperature; 9. Management of soil physical conditions; 10. Soil organic matter; 11. Inorganic soil colloids; 12. Ion exchange in soils and soil acidity; 13. Nutrient availablity; 14. Soil, plant and fertiliser nitrogen; 15. Soil, plant and fertiliser phosphorus; 16. Soil, plant and fertiliser sulphur; 17. Potassium, calcium , magnesium and sodium; 18. Micronutrients; 19. Soil fertility and fertiliser management; 20. Additional management considerations for horticultual and forestry soils; 21. Soils and the quality of the environment