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You should buy it and persuade your library to buy it as well.   (European Journal of Soil Science, 1 December 2011)

The book is well suited for practicing and future soil scientist, geographers, geomorphologists, soil conservationists, sanity engineers, ecologists, foresters, agronomists, and archaeologists.  Summing Up: Recommended.  Upper–division undergraduates and above.   (Choice, 1 April 2012)


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Soils are natural bodies wherein inorganic components derived from geologic materials combine with organic materials produced by biological activity in ecosystems. The nearly infinite combinations of geologic materials and biological diversity of life on earth have produced a staggering array of chemical, physical, and biological reactions that over time have created the soils that we observe today. In the United States more than 23,000 kinds of soil are formally identified, and the number of soils in the world is not known.

Soil Genesis and Classification, Sixth Edition builds on the strong foundations of this venerable soil science text to present the most current concepts on how soils are formed and sustained within the dynamic changes of ecosystem successions and climatic dynamics. The sixth edition has been fully revised and updated, incorporating more detailed data regarding specific examples of how soils have acquired various characteristics. Methods of communicating and analyzing spatial information have been expanded in light of the latest technological advances. Color plates have also been added to allow readers a better visualization of various soils.

Soil Genesis and Classification, Sixth Edition is a comprehensive work that meets the diverse range of needs from soil science students professionals in fields ranging from agriculture and ecology to civil engineering. The well–established text will be a vital source of information for those with a need to better understand soils and their various impacts on ecosystem functions, on environmental quality, and on the multitude of human endeavors to sustain human life on earth.

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comprehensive coverage 4 Feb. 2014
By Donald G McGahan - Published on
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This book can be judged by its cover!
This book is not frivolous with content. It does a reasonable job of presenting content that is relevant. It should be stated that it is weighted toward "Soil Taxonomy" (the US soil classification system). Learners and instructors of other systems may have need(s) to augment the text with the particulars of another classification systems details, if comparison and contrasts are warranted, or if another classification system is the primary focus.
For my uses, this text is the best that can be purchased as a supporting text used in an advanced soil course that has a signifiant amount of genesis and classification learning objectives.
Awesome. 9 Feb. 2015
By ryan sparhawk - Published on
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I completed a full blown soil survey for work after reading this book! Awesome.
Five Stars 14 Oct. 2014
By Esteban Rivera - Published on
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Excellent book, good reference and very detailed.
Five Stars 26 Jun. 2015
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Very helpful resource
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Great Buy, Easy to understand 26 Jun. 2013
By Natalie Jo Berry - Published on
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Great textbook, very informative, easy to understand, if you need to understand soil science this is the book for you.
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