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Soils in the Urban Environment

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    Available in PDF Format | Soils in the Urban Environment.pdf | English
    Peter Bullock(Editor) Peter J. Gregory(Editor)
Urban areas contain a wide variety of open spaces, yet much of this has evolved under the pressures of human population with minimal management. The last 40 years have seen problems of varying severity begin to appear, including contamination, erosion, acidification and compaction. These problems have brought attention to the importance of the soil cover, the need for better understanding it, and the need for its protection. This book is a review of state–of–the–art science for soil in urban areas. Based on a meeting organized by the Nature Conservancy Council and the British Society of Soil Science, the nine chapters cover soil classification, contamination by waste and metals, physical and biological properties, nutrient provision and cycling, vegetation, and soil storage. The book provides a basis from which to plan future research and development programs.

Urban areas contain a wide variety of open spaces including gardens, playing fields, waste lands, spoil heaps and islands of natural land. Recently there has been growing interest in the problems of contamination, erosion, acidification and compacting of these open spaces and in the planning of attractive urban environment. A sound knowledge of soil is essential to the solution of these problems and to planning the future land use.

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