Australian Soils and Landscapes
An Illustrated Compendium

Cloth: 978 0 643 06958 9 / $105.00
Published: July 2004  

Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
432 pp., 6 1/4" x 9 3/4"
color illus
This essential reference provides an introduction to the remarkable soils and landscapes of Australia. It reveals their great diversity and explains why an understanding of soil properties and landscape processes should guide our use of the land.

Using striking photographs of characteristic landscapes, it begins by describing the basic properties of soils and how Australia's distinctive soils and landscapes have co-evolved. We gain a greater understanding of why particular soils occur at certain locations and how soil variation can influence landscape processes, agricultural productivity and ecosystem function. The book explains the impact of various forms of land use and the changes they can bring about in soil.

This is followed by an invaluable compendium that describes and illustrates over 100 of the more important and widespread soils of Australia, along with their associated landscapes. There is a brief account of each soil's environment, usage and qualities as well as details on chemical and physical properties so we can make more informed decisions about appropriate land-use.

Australian Soils and Landscapes will be a valuable resource for farmers, natural resource managers, soil and environmental scientists, students and anyone with an interest in Australia's unique environment.

Table of Contents:
Provides an introduction to soil properties, processes, and their significance for land use and management.
Includes a well-illustrated compendium of the most common soils in Australia, showing soil profiles and their associated landscapes and detailing usage and soil properties.
Explains how Australian soils have evolved, giving a practical context for current day land management.
1 Properties of soil
2 The evolution of Australian soils
3 Characteristic Australian landscapes
4 Soil function within ecosystems
5 Land use, soil change and future management
Compendium of Australian Soils

Rationale and format

Anthroposols - soils formed by humans

Calcarosols - soils dominated by carbonate

Chromosols - neutral to alkaline soils with sharp increases in texture

Dermosols - structured B horizons and minor changes in texture

Ferrosols - high iron levels and minor changes in texture

Hydrosols - wet soils

Kandosols - strongly weathered earths with minor changes in texture

Kurosols - acid soils with sharp increases in texture

Organosols - organic soils

Podosols - soils with accumulations of organic matter, iron, and aluminium

Rudosols - minimally developed soils

Sodosols - alkaline and sodic soils with sharp increases in texture

Tenosols - slightly developed soils

Vertosols - cracking clays

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Reviews & Endorsements:
". . .an outstanding textbook written for farmers as well as scientists."
"This is a marvelous introduction to the soils and landscapes of Australia!" . . . I regard the present full colour book at about A4-size as a milestone."

- Hans van Baren , International Union of Soil Sciences Bulletin
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