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This unique reference provides readers with a straightforward introduction to the soils and landscapes of Australia. It reveals the great diversity of Australian soils and explains how their properties should guide our use of the land. An understanding of the evolution of landscapes is of enormous value for mapping and predicting the behaviour of soils under various forms of land use. The book explains how the distinctive systems of Australian soils and landscapes have co-evolved and why particular soils occur at certain locations. It also discusses the many roles that soils play in landscape and ecosystem processes. An invaluable compendium describes and illustrates over 100 of the more important and widespread soils of Australia and their associated landscapes. There is a brief account of each soil's environment, usage and qualities as well as information on chemical and physical properties that will help readers make more informed decisions about appropriate land use.
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Introduction; 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; References; Index.

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"A tour de force as well as a tour d'Australie."Professor Alex McBratney, University of Sydney--Professor Alex McBratney, University of Sydney -This excellent book fills an important gap in the literature on the Australian environment. It is is both authoritative and very readable. There is a real need for non-indigenous Australians to improve their understanding of the Australian landscape with its unique character and often great fragility. This book will help us develop our sense of place as inhabitants of this continent.-Dr Peter Lockwood, School of Rural Science and Agriculture, University of New England--Dr Peter Lockwood -A tour de force as well as a tour d'Australie.-Professor Alex McBratney, University of Sydney--Professor Alex McBratney, University of Sydney -By offering a rich appreciation of the diversity of Australian soils and landscapes, this publication is another step in helping Australians understand the nature of our unique continent and how we need to live with our landscape - the way it is. Here at last is a ready source of information that shows where certain soils occur in the landscape and how we might use them and conserve them for our long-term benefit.---Dr John Williams, former CSIRO Land & Water Chief andMember of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists -This is a book worth waiting for. It reaffirms the importance of understanding the substrate that supports us all. While it builds on the monumental efforts of earlier generations of soil scientist and geomorphologists it breaks free from their long-established pedocentric view of the world. It focuses on those properties and key processes that are important in land resource management. Finally it contains a superb back-up compendium of a selected representative set of Australian soils with photographs, figures and tables. No self-respecting resource and environmental scientist should be without it.---Professor Henry A Nix, AO -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 - -. . .an outstanding textbook written for farmers as well as scientists.- -The experience and extensive knowledge of the late Ray Isbell is evident in the selection of the soil profiles, which are grouped by soil order. Each order is introduced with a discussion of defining features, general occurrence, environment and land use, and a map showing the general distribution of the soil group.- "This excellent book fills an important gap in the literature on the Australian environment. It is is both authoritative and very readable. There is a real need for non-indigenous Australians to improve their understanding of the Australian landscape with its unique character and often great fragility. This book will help us develop our sense of place as inhabitants of this continent."Dr Peter Lockwood, School of Rural Science and Agriculture, University of New England--Dr Peter Lockwood "A tour de force as well as a tour d'Australie."Professor Alex McBratney, University of Sydney--Professor Alex McBratney, University of Sydney "By offering a rich appreciation of the diversity of Australian soils and landscapes, this publication is another step in helping Australians understand the nature of our unique continent and how we need to live with our landscape - the way it is. Here at last is a ready source of information that shows where certain soils occur in the landscape and how we might use them and conserve them for our long-term benefit."--Dr John Williams, former CSIRO Land & Water Chief andMember of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists "This is a book worth waiting for. It reaffirms the importance of understanding the substrate that supports us all. While it builds on the monumental efforts of earlier generations of soil scientist and geomorphologists it breaks free from their long-established pedocentric view of the world. It focuses on those properties and key processes that are important in land resource management. Finally it contains a superb back-up compendium of a selected representative set of Australian soils with photographs, figures and tables. No self-respecting resource and environmental scientist should be without it."--Professor Henry A Nix, AO "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 " ." . .an outstanding textbook written for farmers as well as scientists." "The experience and extensive knowledge of the late Ray Isbell is evident in the selection of the soil profiles, which are grouped by soil order. Each order is introduced with a discussion of defining features, general occurrence, environment and land use, and a map showing the general distribution of the soil group."

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