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basic soils mechanics books - I need some recommendations

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Hi there all. I am looking to learn basic soil mechanics and then on to engineering.
I need some recommendations on good book to purchase for the library on basics of soils, structures, things having to do with modifying landscapes and not having long term issues. I need to learn about the basic layers of soils and the structural limitations as well.
If I am going to recontour a landscape, I don't want to be doing it with sands vs. clay sub-soils.
Any help would be awesome!

I use abebooks for my purchasing.
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While this is not a book, I have found this series to be fascinating if you have the time to comb through them.


Dr. Redhawks soil series on Permies has been enlightening to me as I have continued to gain knowledge on soil. I missed out on learning earth science in high school because I was a punk teenager so I have been doing some catch up work.

I'll love to hear others suggestions, I might have to buy some of the books too!
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