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Environmental soil science is the study of the interaction of humans with the pedosphere as well as critical aspects of the biosphere, the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, and the atmosphere. Environmental soil science addresses both the fundamental and applied aspects of the field including: buffers and surface water quality, vadose zone functions, septic drain field site assessment and function, land treatment of wastewater, stormwater, erosion control, soil contamination with metals and pesticides, remediation of contaminated soils, restoration of wetlands, soil degradation, nutrient management, movement of viruses and bacteria in soils and waters, bioremediation, application of molecular biology and genetic engineering to development of soil microbes that can degrade hazardous pollutants, land use, global warming, acid rain, and the study of anthropogenic soils, such as terra preta.



  • Hillel, D., J.L.. Hatfield, D.S. Powlson, C. Rosenweig, K.M. Scow, M.J. Singer and D.L. Sparks. Editors. (2004) Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment, Four-Volume Set, Volume 1-4, ISBN 0-12-348530-4

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Brenham Banner Press
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:56:15 -0700

He is pursuing a degree in plant and environmental soil science. A native of Bullard, Texas, he will be assisting the NRCS in addressing the natural resource concerns of the county under the guidance of Ben Garcia, district conservationist of ...

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Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:52:30 -0700

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