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Resource Pointer #363 (Soil Science)
For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.
*The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms, 2004* Amy Stewart. Draws from science, personal experience, and history to convey the importance of earthworms in the ecosystem and discusses their role in soil health. Includes a list of worm resources for further research. 224 pages. $23.95. Contact Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, P.O. Box 2225, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2225; phone (919) 933- 0272; email dialogue@Algonquin.com; Web site http://www.algonquin.com/.
*Elements of the Nature and Properties of Soils, 2004* Nyle C. Brady and Ray R. Well. A thorough introduction to soil science intended for those previously unfamiliar with the discipline. Graphs, charts and pictures illustrate the text, and resources and web links provide opportunities for further research. 624 pages. $94. Contact Prentice Hall, Higher Education, One Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458; (800) 848-9500; Web site http://vig.prenhall.com/.
*The Ecology of Soil Decomposition, 2003* Sina M. Adl. Presents an overview of soil science, focusing especially on soil decomposition – an ecological process that converts dead tissue into soil nutrients. Places soil decomposition in a food systems framework and discusses how to apply soil science within a food web model. 335 pages. $100. Contact CABI Publishing, Wallingford OX10 8DE, United Kingdom; phone (44 01 49) 183-2111; fax (44 01 49) 183-3508; email email@example.com; Web site http://www.cabi-publishing.org/.
*Building Soil for Better Crops, 2000* Fred Magdoff and Harold van Es. A step-by-step guide for farmers, ranchers and gardeners to improve soil quality using environmentally sound and sustainable methods. Discusses the biological science underlying soil health and presents a number of farm case studies to illustrate the process of ecological management. 230 pages. $19.95. Contact Sustainable Agriculture Publications, Box 90, Hills Building, University of Vermonty, Burlington, VT 05405-0082; phone (802) 656-0484; fax (802) 656-9091; email firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site http://www.sare.org/publications/.
*Soil Physics: Agricultural and Environmental Applications, 2000* Provides an overview of the physics of soil science and discusses its relation to biological aspects of soil. Also presents the impacts of soil physics on natural resources, agriculture, and the environment. Case studies apply the information and demonstrate the process of solving soil physics problems. 432 pages. $62.99. Contact Blackwell Publishing Professional, 2121 State Avenue, Ames, IA 50014; phone (800) 862-6657; fax (515) 292-3348; email email@example.com; Web site http://store.blackwell-professional.com/.
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