Soil Magnetism: Applications in Pedology, Environmental Science and Agriculture provides a systematic, comparative, and detailed overview of the magnetic characterization of the major soil units and the observed general relationships, possibilities, and perspectives in application of rock magnetic methods in soil science, agriculture, and beyond.
Part I covers detailed magnetic and geochemical characterization of major soil types according to the FAO classification system, with Part II covering the mapping of topsoil magnetic signatures on the basis of soil magnetic characteristics. The book concludes with practical examples on the application of magnetic methods in environmental science, agriculture, soil pollution, and paleoclimate.
Neli Jordanova graduated with a degree in geophysics and obtained her PhD at Faculty of Physics of Sofia University "St. Kl. Ohridski". Since 1996 she has worked at the National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and presently she is a Professor there. She was awarded the degree "Doctor of Science" in 2015, based on her dissertation on magnetic properties of soils in Bulgaria. N. Jordanova's research interests cover different aspects of environmental magnetism and archaeomagnetism, such as exploring the link between magnetic properties of different types of soils and pedogenic processes, inherent to each of them; application of this knowledge to reveal the magnetic signature of anthropogenic pollution of soils and sediments; elucidating the influence of fire on magnetic properties of clays and soils and related effects on archeological materials of burnt clay.
1. Magnetism of materials occurring in the environment-Basic overview 2. Magnetism of soils with a pronounced accumulation of organic matter in the mineral topsoil: Chernozems and Phaeozems 3. Magnetism of soils with clay-enriched subsoil: Luvisols, Alisols, and Acrisols 4. The magnetism of soils distinguished by iron/aluminum chemistry: Planosols, Pozdols, Andosols, Ferralsols, and Gleysols 5. Magnetism of soils with limitations to root growth: Vertisols, Solonetz, Solonchaks, and Leptosols 6. The magnetism of soils with little or no profile differentiation: Soils from mountain areas (Cambisols, Umbrisols) and floodplains (Fluvisols) 7. Magnetism of soils from the Antarctic Peninsula 8. The discriminating power of soil magnetism for the characterization of different soil types 9. The mapping of topsoil magnetic properties: A magnetic database for Bulgaria-statistical data analysis and the significance for soil studies 10. Applications of soil magnetism Future challenges in soil magnetism studies