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The soil underfoot : infinite possibilities for a finite resource

Author: G J Churchman; Edward Landa
Publisher: Boca Raton : CRC Press/Taylor and Francis, ©2014.
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The largest part of the world's food comes from its soils, either directly from plants, or via animals fed on pastures and crops. Thus, it is necessary to maintain, and if possible, improve the quality-and hence good health-of soils, while enabling them to support the growing world population. The Soil Underfoot: Infinite Possibilities for a Finite Resource arms readers with historical wisdom from various  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Soil underfoot.
Boca Raton : CRC Press/Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: G J Churchman; Edward Landa
ISBN: 9781466571570 1466571578
OCLC Number: 878262837
Description: 1 online resource : color illustrations, color maps
Contents: Front Cover; Contents; Foreword; Introduction; Cover Story; Editors, Foreword Writer, and Illustrator; Contributor Biographies; Contributors; Chapter 1: Climate Change : An Underfoot Perspective?; Chapter 2: Soils and the Future of Food : Challenges and Opportunities for Feeding Nine Billion People; Chapter 3: Soil Loss; Chapter 4: The Finite Soil Resource for Sustainable Development : The Case of Taiwan; Chapter 5: The Far Future of Soil; Chapter 6: Seeing Soil; Chapter 7: Picturing Soil : Aesthetic Approaches to Raising Soil Awareness in Contemporary Art. Chapter 8: Principles for Sustaining Sacred SoilChapter 9: Indigenous Ma ̄ori Values, Perspectives, and Knowledge of Soils in Aotearoa-New Zealand : Beliefs and Concepts of Soils, the Environment, and Land; Chapter 10: Integrative Development between Soil Science and Confucius' Philosophy; Chapter 11: Soil : Natural Capital Supplying Valuable Ecosystem Services; Chapter 12: Bread and Soil in Ancient Rome : A Vision of Abundance and an Ideal of Order Based on Wheat, Grapes, and Olives; Chapter 13: The Anatolian Soil Concept of the Past and Today. Chapter 14: Deconstructing the Leipsokouki : A Million Years (or so) of Soils and Sediments in Rural GreeceChapter 15: Knowledge of Soil and Land in Ancient Indian Society; Chapter 16: The Evolution of Paddy Rice and Upland Cropping in Japan with Reference to Soil Fertility and Taxation; Chapter 17: Soils in Farming-Centric Lessons for Life and Culture in Korea; Chapter 18: Terra Preta : The Mysterious Soils of the Amazon; Chapter 19: Modern Landscape Management Using Andean Technology Developed by the Inca Empire. Chapter 20: Indigenous Ma ̄ori Values, Perspectives, and Knowledge of Soils in Aotearoa-New Zealand : Ma ̄ori Use and Knowledge of Soils over TimeChapter 21: Potash, Passion, and a President : Early Twentieth-Century Debates on Soil Fertility in the United States; Chapter 22: Soil and Salts in Bernard Palissy's (1510-1590) View : Was He the Pioneer of the Mineral Theory of Plant Nutrition?; Chapter 23: Poetry in Motions : The Soil-Excreta Cycle; Chapter 24: Global Potential for a New Subsurface Water Retention Technology : Converting Marginal Soil into Sustainable Plant Production. Chapter 25: Double Loop Learning in a GardenChapter 26: Valuing the Soil : Connecting Land, People, and Nature in Scotland; Chapter 27: Sports Surface Design : The Purposeful Manipulation of Soils; Chapter 28: Soil Biophysics : The Challenges; Chapter 29: Life in Earth : A Truly Epic Production; Chapter 30: Sustaining "The Genius of Soils"; Back Cover.
Responsibility: edited by G. Jock Churchman, Edward R. Landa.

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The largest part of the world's food comes from its soils, either directly from plants, or via animals fed on pastures and crops. Thus, it is necessary to maintain, and if possible, improve the quality-and hence good health-of soils, while enabling them to support the growing world population. The Soil Underfoot: Infinite Possibilities for a Finite Resource arms readers with historical wisdom from various populations around the globe, along with current ideas and approaches for the wise management of soils.

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"...the book includes a varied selection of papers and should encourage soil scientists to have a wider perspective on their subject."-D.A. Davidson, in European Journal of Soil Science

 
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