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Soils: An Introduction (5th Edition) Hardcover – April 18, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0130278258 ISBN-10: 0130278254 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5 edition (April 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130278254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130278258
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Accessible to students with varying science backgrounds, this introduction to soil science offers solid coverage of all major topics. The authors use a unique "building the pedon" model to provide students with a single soil concept on which to build and learn. The text features diagrams and color photos with actual data, and provides optional chapter supplements for either review or enrichment, depending on individual needs. Soil parts are introduced systematically and in relation to one another, relating the complex soil body to it larger environment. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From the Back Cover

Now in its fifth edition, Soils: An Introduction provides readers with a fresh approach to the study of soils. Covering all major topics, the text utilizes a unique "building the pedon" model to provide readers with a single soil concept upon which to build and learn. The goal is to help readers understand the parts that contribute to the whole soil individual and then appreciate how those parts function together.

Some of the features of this new edition include:

  • Enhanced discussion of environmental issues.
    — Puts learning about soils into an environmental context.
  • An emphasis on the correct use of scale in all figures.
    — Helps readers become aware of the vast range involved, from organisms as small as viruses, to the expanse of landscapes.
  • Focuses on soils as ecosystems, as parts of ecosystems, and as parts of environmental management.
    — Helps readers to understand how each soil part relates to each other.

Singer and Munns' Soils: An Introduction, fifth edition is a must-have for anyone interested in learning about soils.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pete on December 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this for a friend who loves soils, soil samples, and soiling. She was so thankful that I got her the 6th edition and not the 5th edition because the 5th doesn't adequately cover silts and spent far too much time on sands. She said the book is a great pairing with a fine dinner of cheezits and slim jims. Anyway this book is a great find, I have no idea what i would have gotten for the soil lover in my life if this book didn't exist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on June 3, 2013
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This book is very technical. It does help whenever you are taking a soils class and you need to read up on some things that your professor is talking about. It was very helpful in clarifying what I did not know. Other than that, it is not an easy read, which is understandable for this type of information.
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By demi on October 17, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm using it a lot in my uni studies, all relevant information that is handy for those learning soil science
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