This successful textbook is intended as an introduction to soils for students in agriculture and related sciences. Broad in scope, the book includes chapters on basic topics such as soil chemistry, organic matter, mineralogy, water management, as well as on more specialized areas such as urban and rural land use, artificial soils for greenhouses, and turf grass. Environmental concerns are now addressed in an individual chapter. Background information on these topics is presented where necessary to help beginning students. In addition to students of agronomy, special effort has been taken to make the book useful for those with interests in horticulture, forestry, and engineering and recreational uses of soils. The breadth of coverage allows this book to serve as background for more advanced courses in soils and as a general review of soil sciences.