Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Eleventh Edition Of Gardiner Soils Textbook Now In Print

KINGSVILLE - September 05, 2007

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Book used in introductory soils courses

Dr. Duane Gardiner, professor in the agronomy and resource sciences department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, published the 11th edition of an introductory soil science textbook, Soils in Our Environment. The book is published by Pearson Prentice Hall, the world’s largest publisher of textbooks.

Gardiner began working on the eighth edition of the book in 1996 with the late Dr. Raymond W. Miller, from Utah State University. Even though Miller passed away shortly after the eighth edition was printed, and Gardiner authored the following editions alone, Miller continues to be listed as co-author.

Soils in Our Environment is a college textbook intended for sophomore- or junior-level courses in soil science or various environmental sciences. The largest soils program in the United States at California Polytechnic State University uses the textbook. It also is used at about 100 universities including University of Arizona, Clemson University, Colorado State University, Fresno State University, University of Nebraska, University of Tennessee, Washington State University and University of Wisconsin. It also has been used in Canada, England and Asia.

The book covers the basic geography, physics, chemistry and management of soils, but also relates human-interest stories to soils topics. The textbook includes scholarly documentation and hundreds of illustrations. Reviewers describe the book as “well written” and “more interesting” than competing textbooks.

Gardiner said, “My students have been extremely helpful in critiquing and improving this constantly evolving work. Many of their suggestions have been incorporated into the latest edition.”


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