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Soil Pedology

CRSS/GEOL 4540/6540, L

Spring semester 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Class will meet the first Lab period on MONDAY, JAN. 11 , at 2:30 in Rm. 1201

***SYLLABUS and COURSE SCHEDULE***

Readings, PowerPoints, Homeworks and Lab Materials: by week/topic

WEEK
MON DATE
TOPIC READING POWERPOINT HOMEWORK LAB
1
Jan 5
Soil Properties 1. Definitions
2. Morphology
Soil Properties Texture Field Sheet
2
Jan 12
Horizons 3. Horizon designations Soil Props in Field
3
Jan 19
Profiles Homework 1 Weird; Some to Try
4
Jan 26
Site characteristics 4. Site Charact. 6. Geomorph. Site Factors Homework 2 Interpretations
5
Feb 2
Interpretations 5. Interpretations Homework 3 Web Soil Survey I
6
Feb 9
Weathering and Formation 7. Weathering and Formation Homework 4 Munsell colors
7
Feb 16
State Factor Model 8. State Factors State Factors Practice pedons
8
Feb 23
Survey and Mapping 9. Soil Survey Survey & Mapping
9
March 2
Classification Intro Wilding chapter Intro, Diag Horizon PDF Homework 5 Web Soil Survey 2

March 9

Spring Break
10
March 16
Diagnostic Horizons Diag. Horizons (cont) PDF Homework 6
11
March 23
……..”…”….. Homework 7
12
March 30
Soil Orders Soil Orders 1 Horizon, Order Key
13
April 6
……..”…”….. Soil Orders 2
14
April 13
Lower levels Lower Levels Homework (Last)
15

April 20

……..”…”….. Tax keys (combined) Answers to HW

M, May 2: Last day of class: (review for final) ||||||||| FINAL EXAM: FRI, May 6, 8;00

LINKS OF INTEREST IN PEDOLOGY:

Overview of Soil Taxonomy : Univ. of Idaho page on Soil Taxonomy, nice pix

—-NRCS Sites/Documents we will use in class:

Web Soil Survey
OSD page/NRCS
Keys to Soil Taxonomy (NRCS)
An Illustrated Guide to Soil Taxonomy
Soil Taxonomy Reference (2nd ed) (NRCS)
Field Book for Describing Soils (NRCS)