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The Soils of Chile

  • Manuel Casanova
  • Osvaldo Salazar
  • Oscar Seguel
  • Walter Luzio

Part of the World Soils Book Series book series (WSBS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Manuel Casanova, Osvaldo Salazar, Oscar Seguel, Walter Luzio
    Pages 1-24
  3. Manuel Casanova, Osvaldo Salazar, Oscar Seguel, Walter Luzio
    Pages 25-97
  4. Manuel Casanova, Osvaldo Salazar, Oscar Seguel, Walter Luzio
    Pages 99-119
  5. Manuel Casanova, Osvaldo Salazar, Oscar Seguel, Walter Luzio
    Pages 121-158
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 159-185

About this book

Introduction

This book is intended for students and soil scientists who want to know about the state of the art in soil sciences in Chile. The book merges a comprehensive bibliographical review of the soil surveys carried out throughout the length and breadth of Chilean territory during the past 40 years and more recent information obtained by the authors in a number of field studies. As its starting point the book presents a general overview of important features related to Chilean soils, such as geology and geomorphology, climate, land use and vegetation. In this long and narrow country different soil formation factors and processes have resulted in a broad variety of soil bodies, from the extremely arid Atacama desert to the Patagonian and Antarctic zones. This book provides a description and classification (mainly Soil Taxonomy) of the most important soil types. Particularly important are soils derived from volcanic materials, which cover extensive areas of Chile. The book also deals with soil management topics in relation to the chemical, physical and biological properties of Chilean soils and it includes a number of examples from throughout the country. Finally, the book shows how man has induced severe soil degradation problems in Chile, such as erosive soil degradation, non-erosive soil degradation and land desertification.

Keywords

Alluvial deposits Andisols and Aridisols Colluvial deposits Fluvial deposits Glacial deposits Mountain and Antarctic soils Soil Taxonomy Soil management Volcanic ashes

Authors and affiliations

  • Manuel Casanova
    • 1
  • Osvaldo Salazar
    • 2
  • Oscar Seguel
    • 3
  • Walter Luzio
    • 4
  1. 1., Department of Soil & EngineeringUniversity of ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2., Department of Soil & EngineeringUniversity of ChileSantiagoChile
  3. 3., Department of Soil & EngineeringUniversity of ChileSantiagoChile
  4. 4., Department of Soil & EngineeringUniversity of ChileSantiagoChile

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-5949-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-5948-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-5949-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-1255
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-1263
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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