While there is no dispute that soils provides very important and useful services, there is no one way to categorize these services. Scientists have grouped these services in various ways, some of which are listed below.
Larson and Pierce, 1991
Doran & Parkin, 1994
Seybold et al., 1997
Karlen et al., 1994
Harris et al., 1996
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