An Introduction to the Environmental Physics of Soil, Water and Watersheds

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 1, 2004 - Technology & Engineering
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This introductory 2004 textbook describes the nature of the Earth's environment and its physical processes so as to highlight environmental concerns arising from human use and misuse of soil and water resources. The author provides a thorough introduction to the basic issues regarding the sustainable, productive use of land resources that is vital in maintaining healthy rivers and good groundwater qualities. He develops a quantitative approach to studying these growing environmental concerns in a way that does not require prior knowledge of the physical sciences or calculus. The straightforward writing style, lack of prerequisite knowledge and copious illustrations make this textbook suitable for introductory university courses, as well as being a useful primer for research and management staff in environmental and resources management organisations. Each chapter ends with a set of student exercises for which solutions are available from solutions@cambridge.org.
 

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Contents

Environmental systems of rock soil and earth energy exchanges
1
Soil and soil strength
46
The behaviour of liquids
84
Soil water and watersheds
125
Evapotranspiration and exchange of energy at the earths surface
153
Infiltration at the field scale
197
Overland flow on watersheds
226
Erosion and deposition by water
259
Movement of water through the groundwater zone
324
Movement of water through the unsaturated zone
350
Salinity and contaminant transport
380
Appendix
419
Answers to exercises
421
Index
434
An Introduction to the Environmental Physics of Soil Water and Watersheds
442
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Watersheds and rivers
289

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Calvin Rose is an Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at Griffith University, Queensland.

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