Soils in the Australian Landscape

Ann Young, Robert Young

Soils in the Australian Landscape

Ann Young, Robert Young

ISBN:

9780195515503

Binding:

Paperback

Published:

1 Mar 2002

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$102.99 NZD

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Description

Soils in the Australian Landscape provides a comprehensive and clearly explained discussion of Australian soils, with a focus on landform development of the continent, and on the land uses across it. Soils are the skin of landforms, and the book begins by reviewing the broad patterns and evolution of landforms in Australia. This country's distinctive landform and climatic history—together with the great age of most of the land surface—explains much of its variety of soils. This variety is described using the Australian Soil Classification, now adopted by all Australian governmental authorities.

Special attention is given to regolith, paleosols, and indurated soils such as laterites and other duricrusts. While its focus is primarily on Australia, Soils in the Australian Landscape also explains processes and classification systems that are applicable world-wide, adopting a broad, interdisciplinary approach towards its subject. Founded on clear and detailed explanations of technical material, this book will be a valuable resource for all undergraduate students of geography, geoscience, environmental engineering, and agricultural, soil and environmental sciences.

Contents

Introduction
1: The continental setting
2: Describing and naming a soil
3: Water and soil
4: Organisms and soils
5: Soil erosion and mass movement: An historical perspective
6: Old and hard soils
7: Soils of high agricultural value
8: Soils of the forests and rangelands
9: Soils in and around cities
Glossary and conversion factors
Appendix 1: Simple techniques for soil assessment
Appendix 2: Where to look - books, CD-ROMs and web sites
References
Tables
Captions
Index

Authors

Ann Young  — formerly of the University of Wollongong

Robert Young — formerly of the University of Wollongong