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SS5008 - Global Soil Geography

Credit Points: 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Graeme Paton and Dr Zachary Hickman


Aims: To enable students to understand the factors and processes controlling the formation of soils in the world; to gain a working knowledge of the system of classifying soils; to develop skills in describing and surveying soils in the field. The course has an extensive field work component focussing on the production of a detailed soil map.

Learning Objectives: By the end of the course you should be able to:

1. demonstrate understanding of the processes that control soil formation in different parts of the world, the global distribution of soils and their classification;

2. describe and identify soils in the field;

3. interpret the landscape and use different types of information to construct maps.

3 one-hour lectures per week and four field trips

Continuous assessment focussing on fieldwork linkage to taught course.