Designed for undergraduate and graduate students, this book covers important soil physical properties, critical physical processes involving energy and mass. "This book updates the always emerging list of topics in soil physics for undergraduate and graduate students. Certainly, this new book is not only a helpful. Principles of Soil Physics examines the impact of the physical, mechanical, and hydrological properties and processes of soil on agricultural production, the.

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Cambridge Core - Applied Geoscience, Petroleum and Mining Geoscience - Soil Physics - by T. J. Marshall. Export citation; download the print book. Contents. This book is a unified, condensed, and simplified version of the recently issued twin volumes, Fundamentals of Soil Physics and Applications of Soil Physics. download Fundamentals of Soil Physics - 1st Edition. Print Book & E-Book. ISBN ,

The book within pages contains Preface, Introduction, 13 Chapters, References, as well as tables of Commonly used units and conversion Factors and a Meaning of Abbreviations record. Comprehensive knowledge of the texture of soil and its physical, chemical and biological properties is essential in planning its proper use for human needs in the context of sustainable development.

Such knowledge is also vital for the rational use of production space of plants, their regionalization, developing business plans, stacking crop rotation and tillage setting. Soil is a distributor of water, takes precipitation, partly serves as water storage reservoirs, partly passes it into the deeper layers to turn it into under ground water supplies, and partly evapotranspirates water back to the atmosphere.

Knowledge about soil characteristics is also indispensable when it comes to description, interpretation and forecasting the course of analysing and modelling its physical, chemical and biological processes.

The book presents very complex approach to description of soil as an integral part of the environment.

In the first two chapters of the book, the authors present the texture and structure of soil from the perspective of its basic physical properties, whereas mechanical and hydraulic forces in soils are described in Chapter 3. This part of the book is the basis for further considerations of other phenomena occurring in soil system. Next three chapters describe the physics of soil water.

The authors devote a lot of attention to interactions between water and soil, and also water movement within the soil in both saturated and unsaturated zones. In Chapter 7, 8 and 9 the reader can find a very detailed presentation of the phenomena of gas exchange in soil, its thermal properties, as well as the balance and common transport of water, heat and gas within soil.


The following chapter is the description of soil as the habitat of plant growth and development. In Chapter 11 and 12, the authors describe the phenomena of erosion in soil and solute transport and filtration within it.

Each of the 12 chapters ends with at least one practical problem concerning the presented material, which facilitates the better understanding of the presented theory.

The final chapter offers a list of potential solutions to the discussed problems and the authors thoughts on the further development of the physics of the soil. The book contains many helpful figures and tables which highly raise its educational value.

Overall, the book definitely leaves the reader satisfied with the examined matter and makes a significant contribution to knowledge of the scientific community.

The book is also available in Spanish.

Key literature is referenced for readers who need further detail in a particular area. The writing is clear and concise and all the major soil physical topics are explained without getting bogged down in the detail of the derivation of formulas. The practical applications related to topics such as drainage and irrigation scheduling were covered. Each chapter included a set of practical problems, with clear solutions given in an appendix, which would greatly aid the motivated readers understanding of the topics discussed.

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In the chapter on thermal behaviour of soils I found the treatment of soil freezing and thawing processes particularly insightful as, though mainly written in the context of the winter freezing of soils in continental Europe and USA, it could be applied to the Antarctic cryosol situation.

A final chapter on the future of soil physics provided some interesting perspectives.

For a working soil scientist I recommend this book as a reference to own. I will also recommend our university library acquire a copy. I think it a useful text for graduate students to use however I suspect that only the most motivated and mathematically literate of undergraduate students would cope with it — the book assumes a basic knowledge of soil science and mathematics.

Introduction to Soil Physics

If there was an opportunity to run a focussed soil physics course this would certainly be a recommended, if not required, text. The Liquid Phase.

Soil Water: Content and Potential. Flow of Water in Saturated Soil. Flow of Water in Unsaturated Soil. The Gaseous Phase. Soil Air and Aeration.

Composite Properties and Behavior. Soil Temperature and Hear Flow.

Soil Physics: An Introduction

Soil Compaction and Consolidation. Tillage and Soil Structure Management. Infiltration and Surface Runoff. Internal Drainage and Redistribution Following Infiltration.

Groundwater Drainage. Evaporation from Bare-Surface Soils. Uptake of Soil Moisture by Plants.The book gives an account of how water influences the structure and strength of soil; how plants absorb water from soils; how water from rain and irrigation enters the soil and flows through it to contribute to stream flow and flow in artificial drains; how soluble salts and chemical pollutants are transported; how soils are eroded by water and wind; and how the evaporation rate from the land surface is influenced by soil water supply, the nature of the plant cover and the evaporative power of the atmosphere.

It makes a welcome link to hydrology and the area of land—surface—atmosphere exchange, and as a result is rather different from other available texts on soil physics, but the coverage of these topics could have been much more complete and accurate. The title will be removed from your cart because it is not available in this region. This latest textbook makes a welcome addition to the already available textbooks in soil physics.

Shukla presents the reader with an introduction to the soil physical principles that come to bear in such an integrated scientific approach, as well as introducing us to applications by way of various available state-of-the-art models, in a hydrologic context.

They address the impact of soil temperature on crop growth, soil aeration, and the processes that lead to the emission of greenhouse gases.

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