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Soil Physical Measurement and Interpretation for Land Evaluation


Soil Physical Measurement and Interpretation for Land Evaluation

Australian Soil and Land Survey Handbooks Series 5

Keppel Coughlan   ACIAR
Hamish Cresswell  
Neil McKenzie   CSIRO Land and Water

392 pages
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

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Soil physical measurements are essential for solving many natural resource management problems. This operational laboratory and field handbook provides, for the first time, a standard set of methods that are cost-effective and well suited to land resource survey. It provides:

  • practical guidelines on the soil physical measurements across a range of soils, climates and land uses;
  • straightforward descriptions for each method (including common pitfalls) that can be applied by people with a rudimentary knowledge of soil physics, and
  • guidelines on the interpretation of results and integration with land resource assessment.

Soil Physical Measurement And Interpretation for Land Evaluation begins with an introduction to land evaluation and then outlines procedures for field sampling. Twenty detailed chapters cover pore space relations, water retention, hydraulic conductivity, water table depth, dispersion, aggregation, particle size, shrinkage, Atterburg limits and strength. The book includes procedures for estimating soil physical properties from more readily available data and shows how soil physical data can be integrated into land planning and management decisions.


  "It is well written by authorities on the subjects and well illustrated . . . a most welcome addition to the toolkit of the soil surveyor, land evaluator and land resource manager. The editors are to be congratulated on assembling contributions from experts in the field who have been able to explain the methods and guide users clearly and concisely."
S Nortcliff (European Journal of Soil Science v.55 2004)

"The Handbook presents methods that overcome many past deficiencies . . . the final result is very pleasing due to kind contributions from the authors and other individuals associated with the publication."
Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Program (ACLEP) Newsletter v.11 no.1 August 2003

". . . a lot of useful, relevant information can be found in this well-produced publication!"
International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) Bulletin 102, 2002


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