Introduction -- Chapter1: Indian tropical soils: An overview -- Chapter 2: Cracking clay soils (Vertisols): Pedology, mineralogy and taxonomy -- Chapter 3: Red ferruginous soils: Pedology, mineralogy and taxonomy -- Chapter 4: Soils of the Indo-Gangetic Alluvial Plains: Historical perspective, soil-geomorphology and pedology in response to climate change and neotectonics -- Chapter 5: Conceptual models on tropical soil formation -- Chapter 6: Land and soil degradation and remedial measures.-Chapter 7: Clay and other minerals in soils and sediments as evidence of climate change -- Chapter 8: Linking minerals to selected soil bulk properties -- Chapter 9: Importance of pedology of Indian tropical soils in their edaphology -- Chapter10: Summary and concluding remarks.
This book discusses how to apply the basic principles of pedology to the tropical soils of the Indian subcontinent, with an emphasis on ways to enhance crop productivity. The book showcases the research contributions on pedology, geomorphology, mineralogy, micromorphology and climate change collected from the literature on three major soil types: shrink-swell soils, red ferruginous (RF) soils and the soils that occur in the tropical environments of the Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP). It also provides insights into several aspects of five pedogenetically important soil orders like Alfisols, Mollisols, Ultisols, Vertisols and Inceptisols found in tropical Indian environments. Documenting the significance of minerals in soils and their overall influence in soil science in terms of pedology, paleopedology, polygenesis and edaphology, it provides a knowledge base that is critical when attempting to bridge the gap between food production and population growth. ..