Soil chemistry is the study of all the organic and inorganic components that exist in soils, and their interactions. The growth of plants and crops depends upon having the right nutrients available in the soil, and the application of fertilizers to regulate soil chemistry is a major cost of agriculture. The environmental aspects of soil chemistry are also important since soil chemistry largely determines the fate of pollutants in the environment.
· Important Ions.
· Water and Solutions.
· Oxidation and Reduction.
· Inorganic Solid Phase.
· Soil Organic Matter.
· Weathering and Soil Development.
· Cation Retention (Exchange) in Soils.
· Anion and Molecular Retention.
· Acid Soils.
· Salt-Affected Soils.
This is primarily a textbook for the introductory level course in soil chemistry. Sales of the previous edition were approximately 50% through the college channel, 33% through the subsidiaries, and 17% through all other outlets. We expect the market for the new edition to be similar, although with higher library and individual sales in the first year.
Dr. Hinrich L. Bohn is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Dr. Brian L. McNeal is a professor in the Soil Science Department of the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Dr. George A. O'Connor is also a professor in the Soil Science Department of the University of Florida in Gainesville.