Celebrating Soil

Discovering Soils and Landscapes

  • M.R. Balks
  • D. Zabowski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. M. R. Balks, D. Zabowski
    Pages 1-14
  3. M. R. Balks, D. Zabowski
    Pages 15-37
  4. M. R. Balks, D. Zabowski
    Pages 39-64
  5. M. R. Balks, D. Zabowski
    Pages 65-94
  6. M. R. Balks, D. Zabowski
    Pages 95-118
  7. M. R. Balks, D. Zabowski
    Pages 119-142
  8. M. R. Balks, D. Zabowski
    Pages 143-163
  9. M. R. Balks, D. Zabowski
    Pages 165-191
  10. M. R. Balks, D. Zabowski
    Pages 193-218
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 219-243

About this book


This richly illustrated book celebrates the diversity, importance, and intrinsic beauty of soils around the world and helps the reader to understand the ways that soils are related to the landscapes in which they form. The book unravels the complex bond between humans and soils and the importance of soils in our cultures and everyday lives.

Soil is critical to terrestrial life on earth.  It underpins human food supply and provides materials on which we build our lives.  Soil is out of sight and often out of mind, thus easy to overlook.  Yet soil has tremendous variety and intrinsic beauty for those who care to look.  Soil contains a memory of the events that have shaped the landscape and the environment.  With help you can look at a soil and understand the stories that it has to tell.   

Written in a reader-friendly way, Celebrating Soil is a wonderful resource for farmers, horticulturalists, naturalists, students and others who are concerned about how soils are formed, work and are used.


Flood Plains Peatland Soils Soils and Landscapes Soils of Antarctica Tropical Rain Forest Tussock Grasslands Volcanic Landscapes Soils in the Environment Forest Soils Soil Stewardship Grasslands Wetland Soils Soil Productivity

Authors and affiliations

  • M.R. Balks
    • 1
  • D. Zabowski
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Waikato HamiltonNew Zealand
  2. 2.College of Environment, School of EnviroUniversity of Wahington College of Environment, School of EnviroSeattleUSA

Bibliographic information

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Materials & Steel
Oil, Gas & Geosciences