The Soil Resource

Origin and Behavior

  • Hans Jenny

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 37)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Ecosystems and Soils

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hans Jenny
      Pages 1-18
  3. Processes of Soil Genesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Hans Jenny
      Pages 21-47
    3. Hans Jenny
      Pages 113-146
    4. Hans Jenny
      Pages 160-197
  4. Soil and Ecosystem Sequences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Hans Jenny
      Pages 201-206
    3. Hans Jenny
      Pages 207-245
    4. Hans Jenny
      Pages 246-275
    5. Hans Jenny
      Pages 276-304
    6. Hans Jenny
      Pages 305-336
    7. Hans Jenny
      Pages 337-360
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 369-377

About this book


change is simply described by the rate of income and rate of loss. Our home's energy budget, our firm's inventory, our nation's debt, and humanity's numbers all have accounts that change at rates that are equal to the inputs minus the outputs. Jenny's "system view" of the soil was carried into the fertile fields of Midwestern American prairies from the laboratories of Switzerland in the late 1920s. Jenny's rate equations provided the other paradigm or world view that, I recall, brought us to the threshold of systems ecology as it later evolved in the second half of the twentieth century. As if world renown in the specialties of pedology and soil chemistry were not enough for one lifetime, excerpts below remind us that Hans Jenny has also been a perceptive outdoor field ecologist since his early Alpine expeditions with Braun­ Blanquet in the mid 1920s. Jenny's ecosystem studies in the pygmy forest, a further classic example of a soil-plant system "run down" over hundreds of thousands of years since its origin, continue to occupy some of the vigorous retirement time near his farm in Mendocino County. But each specific, quantitative case study, and each research area conserved (with additional hard work) for further study by future generations, fits into Jenny's coherent world view. It is that view, and its legacies of discovery and of tangible landscape preserves, which we are privileged to share with their originator in this volume.


Boden Humus Soil ecology ecosystem forest

Authors and affiliations

  • Hans Jenny
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant and Soil Biology, College of Natural ResourcesUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-6114-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-6112-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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