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Elements of the Nature and Properties of Soils [Paperback]

Nyle C. Brady Emeritus Professor , Raymond Weil
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1 Nov 2013 1292039299 978-1292039299 3

For undergraduate courses in Introduction to Soils, Fundamentals of Soil Science, and Soil Management.


With an emphasis on the fundamentals, this book explores the important world of soils and the principles that can be used to minimize the degradation and destruction of one of our most important natural resources. Fully updated in this edition, it includes the latest information on soil colloids; nutrient cycles and soil fertility; and soils and chemical pollution. This edition is filled with hundreds of new figures and photos and continues to use examples from many fields, including agriculture, forestry, and natural resources. Taking an ecological approach, it emphasizes how the soil system is interconnected and the principles behind each soil concept.

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (1 Nov 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1292039299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1292039299
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,633,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ray R. Weil is Professor of Soil Science at the University of Maryland. He has earned degrees at Michigan State University, Purdue University, and Virginia Tech. Before coming to Maryland, he served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, managed an organic 500 acre mixed grain-vegetable-livestock farm in North Carolina and was a Lecturer at the University of Malawi in southern Africa. He has become an international leader in sustainable agricultural systems in both developed and developing countries.

Published in over 100 scientific journal articles, chapter and books, Weil's research focuses on cover crops and organic matter management for enhanced soil quality and nutrient cycling for water quality and sustainability. His lab developed analytical methods for soil microbial biomass and active soil C that have been adopted by the USDA/NRCS and are used in ecosystem studies world wide. His contributions to improved cropping systems and soil management have been put into practice on farms large and small.

Dr. Weil has taught over 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students, addressed over 3,500 farmers and farm advisers at meetings and field days, and helped train hundreds of researchers and managers in various companies and organizations. He has been the major adviser for some 40 MS and PhD students. He is a Fellow of both the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy. He has twice been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to support his work in developing countries. In 2009-2010 he was a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University, New York and served as soil and crop management adviser to the Millennium Villages Project of the Earth Institute Tropical Agriculture Program. In this role he performed field diagnosis and advising on soils issues in Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda, and Senegal. He also advised the government of the Mexican State of Chihuahua and the Laguna Foundation in development work for the Tarahumara indigenous peoples in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

The synergism between Ray Weil's teaching and research, and his ecological approach to soil science are especially evident in his work since 1995 on the most widely read and cited textbook in the field, The Nature and Properties of Soils, by Brady and Weil.

When not working with farmers, Ray enjoys gardening, hiking, reading and commuting to the University campus by bicycle.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars soil interest 13 Nov 2010
By micric
This book covers all the aspects of soil structure, chemical interactions and detail whilst being easily understood perfect for my course work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for soil students 15 Sep 2012
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I literally owe my first class degree to this book along with Ellis and Mellor's. If you study soil and you don't have this book yet, get it!Soils and Environment (Routledge Physical Environment)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable read 7 Dec 2011
By Todd - Published on Amazon.com
This book is absolutely packed with info. Extremely valuable reference if you're going into agriculture or engineering that involves siting roads and buildings. I had to get it for a college soils class too, and while it is dry reading, there's really a lot to learn and digest. It's one of the first textbooks I'll be keeping rather than selling back.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Student Value Pack = Unbound Version 14 April 2010
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"Student Value Pack", which sounds like an alternate version with some kind of study aid, is just a name to mean an unbound version of the book; there is no difference regarding content with original version. It DOES NOT HAVE extra material. But, if you want so same some bucks, you can buy this version and place it in a 1" 3-ring binder, it fits perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the International Version 4 Jan 2013
By racel.wiggy - Published on Amazon.com
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The book seemed to be exactly the same as the US version, I just wish it had been more clearly indicated that this was the international version.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed in regards to soil classes, composition YET approachable and easy to grasp 23 Feb 2014
By Chris Harrell - Published on Amazon.com
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The detailed outlay of the book is very enlightening and thorough in its approach to deliver knowledge regarding many things, 'soil'. I have learned a treasure load of goodies from this book regarding the science of soil and other practical implications as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview and introduction to soils. 28 Jun 2013
By Doctor Gangreene - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for an intro soil science class. I didn't even open it for the class, but it did come in handy as a reference book when I tried to apply some soil science principles to real-world problems later. Over time, we tend to forget things. So it was very useful to keep this textbook so that I could go look up some basic soil science that I forgot over the summer. It's pretty well organized and easy to understand, as long as you got a B or better in a general chemistry class first.
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