Vertisols, one of the eleven established soil orders, are clay
soils with unusual and interesting properties. They cover more than
350 million hectares of land in the world and in tropical Africa
alone there are over 100 million hectares. Because of their very
small particle size and high surface area, these soils have higher
physical and chemical reactivity than other soils. Their
interaction with agrochemicals/industrial wastes, has been,
increasingly, the subject of research especially in the last two
decades. Vertisols create special problems when used for
This book is intended to provide comprehensive and
state-of-the-art information about Vertisols worldwide. Special
attention is given to the use and management of soils such as
fertilizer use, crop selection, soil tillage, water restriction on
land including irrigation, and soil erosion. A special chapter has
been added to deal with geotechnical engineering of Vertisols.
Vertisols have great potential for agricultural production but
many, especially in the developing world, are underutilized due to
a lack of understanding regarding their behaviour and
This book is written by leading scientists worldwide. It is
expected that this monograph will be of great use to soil
scientists and agronomists, graduate and senior graduate
Improvement of their management may solve the current food
deficiency in the world.
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