Soils and Geomorphology

Paperback | January 1, 1999

byPeter Birkeland

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Soils and Geomorphology, now in its third edition, remains popular among soil scientists, geomorphologists, geologists, geographers, and archaeologists. While retaining the useful "factors of soil formation format," it has been extensively revised, incorporating a considerable amount of newresearch and offering a greater number of topics and examples -- particularly in the chapters "Weathering and Soil Development with Time" and "Topography: Soil Relations with Time in Different Climatic Settings." Greater emphasis is placed on the role of dust in pedogenesis, and new data areincluded on tropical soil development, global soil-loess relations, neotectonics, and reduction processes. The text discusses field applications such as the use of soils in recognizing climate change, estimating the age of geological deposits, and dealing with environmental problems such as acidrain. New "how-to" appendices on soil descriptions and calculating the profile development index are also included. Soils and Geomorphology is an ideal text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in courses on pedology, soil science, Quaternary geology, archeology, and sedimentarypetrology.

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Soils and Geomorphology, now in its third edition, remains popular among soil scientists, geomorphologists, geologists, geographers, and archaeologists. While retaining the useful "factors of soil formation format," it has been extensively revised, incorporating a considerable amount of newresearch and offering a greater number of top...

Peter Birkeland is at University of Colorado, Boulder.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.52 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195078861

ISBN - 13:9780195078862

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Definition of Soil2. Soil Classification3. Weathering Processes4. The Products of Weathering5. Processes Responsible for the Development of Soil Profiles6. Factors of Soil Formation7. Influence of Parent Material on Weathering and Soil Formation8. Weathering and Soil Development with Time9. Topography-Soil Relations with Time in Different Climatic Settings10. Summary of Climate-Soil Relations, and Paleoclimatic Interpretations11. Application of Soils to Geomorphological, Sedimentological, and Environmental StudiesAppendix 1. Describing Soil Properties, Horizon Nomenclature, Digging and Photographying Soils, Soil PropertiesAppendix 2. Calculation of Profile-Development Index, Plotting and Comparing Soil-Index DataBibliographyIndex

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"This third edition greatly expands and updates the second (1984) edition. It is written for soil scientists, geomorphologists, geologists, geographers, and archeologists but would be an excellent text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in pedology, soil science, Quaternarygeology, and sedimentary geology. This book retains, but also expands and updates, the first five chapters from the previous edition that cover soil morphology, classification, weathering, weathering products and soil-forming processes. Chapter six, factors of soil formation, sets the theme for theremaining four chapters, which addresses the relationship among soils and their formation with parent material, time, topography and climate. Emphasis is on the study of soils in their natural environment; two new appendixes on how to describe soil profiles, and calculate the profile developmentindex are included." --California Geology, May 2000