Soil quality

Singer, M.J. and Sojka, R.E. (2002) Soil quality. In: Geller, E. and al, et, (eds.) McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology. pp. 312-314. McGraw-Hill Inc., New York.

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Abstract

Soil—the thin, unconsolidated, vertically differentiated portion of the Earth's surface—is ubiquitous and often ignored despite its many important environmental and life-sustaining functions. Soil is necessary for the production of food, feed, and fiber products, and supports buildings, roads, and playing fields. Soil helps to safely dispose of and process biological and industrial wastes, and it purifies and filters water that may enter drinking water supplies. Usually, soil performs more than one of these roles simultaneously. Soil is in large but finite supply. It varies greatly in chemical and physical properties both in short distances and regionally. Some soil components cannot be easily renewed within a human time frame; thus the condition of soil in agriculture and the environment is an issue of global concern. For these reasons, an effort has been made to distinguish among the many kinds of soils and identify those best suited for specific uses. The concept of soil quality stems from the desire to evaluate soils, match appropriate management and uses for each soil, and measure changes in soil properties..

Item Type: Book Section
NWISRL Publication Number: 1058
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality
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Depositing User: Dan Stieneke
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2010 21:55
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2016 17:12
Item ID: 812
URI: https://eprints.nwisrl.ars.usda.gov/id/eprint/812

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