The book “Soil: The Dynamic Nexus of Life, Science, and Sustainability”, with two parts in it, seeks to challenge the notion that soil is merely a dirt. Through an exploration of its intricate complexities and vital roles, it aims to enlighten readers about the profound significance of soil in our lives, that is not mere dirt but full of life.
Part I of this book provides comprehensive information and insights covering various aspects of soil including its pedogenesis, classification, properties, profile, types, structure, fertility, and its roles in supporting ecosystems and agricultural practices for effective soil conservation and sustainable management. Additionally, it explores the roles of soil in carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, water filtration, and supporting diverse microbial communities.
With detailed procedures and methodologies in Part II, the book equips readers with practical knowledge for conducting soil analysis, including measurements of pH, moisture, organic matter, electrical conductivity, cation exchange capacity, macro and micronutrients determination, texture, bulk density, buffering capacity, respiration, enzyme activity and microbial biomass.
This book will serve as a valuable resource for students, researchers, and professionals interested in managing and appreciating the intricate world beneath our feet.