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Principles, Properties and Management


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Khan Towhid Osman
    Pages 1-7
  3. Khan Towhid Osman
    Pages 9-16
  4. Khan Towhid Osman
    Pages 17-30
  5. Khan Towhid Osman
    Pages 31-48
  6. Khan Towhid Osman
    Pages 49-65
  7. Khan Towhid Osman
    Pages 67-88
  8. Khan Towhid Osman
    Pages 89-96
  9. Khan Towhid Osman
    Pages 97-111
  10. Khan Towhid Osman
    Pages 113-128
  11. Khan Towhid Osman
    Pages 129-159
  12. Khan Towhid Osman
    Pages 161-174
  13. Khan Towhid Osman
    Pages 175-213
  14. Khan Towhid Osman
    Pages 215-227
  15. Khan Towhid Osman
    Pages 229-251
  16. Khan Towhid Osman
    Pages 253-261
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 263-271

About this book


Aimed at taking the mystery out of soil science, Soils: Principles, Properties and Management is a text for undergraduate/graduate students who study soil as a natural resource. Written in a reader-friendly style, with a host of examples, figures and tables, the book leads the reader from the basics of soil science through to complex situations, covering such topics as:

  • the origin, development and classification of soil
  • physical, chemical and biological properties of soil
  • water and nutrient management
  • management of problem soils, wetland soils and forest soils
  • soil degradation

Further, the ecological and agrological functions of soil are emphasized in the context of food security, biodiversity and climate change. The interactions between the environment and soil management are highlighted. Soil is viewed as an ecosystem itself and as a part of larger terrestrial ecosystems.

Each chapter is prefaced by a summary and closes with a series of study questions to reinforce concepts.  Students in soil science, as well as those in agricultural, biological and environmental sciences, will find this book invaluable. Professionals, including horticulturalists, geologists and silviculturists, will also find this book of interest.


Forest Soils Problem Soils Soil Fertility Soil degradation and conservation Wetland Soils

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Department of Soil ScienceUniversity of ChittagongChittagongBangladesh

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Materials & Steel
Oil, Gas & Geosciences


From the reviews:

“This book is an introductory course resource for soil science curricula. … This work is unique in that more emphasis is placed on soil management than in many introductory soils textbooks. The global context provided is also worth noting. The style is clear, and the text is generally easy to read … . Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals.” (J. R. Reeve, Choice, Vol. 50 (11), July, 2013)