Mapping Your Soil

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Link to Resource: http://www.earthsciweek.org/classroom-activities/mapping-your-soil
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
Publication Date:2013
Summary:The key properties of soil (physical, biological, and chemical) determine recreation, crop production, range, water/erosion conservation, forestry, and engineering uses of the soil. Soil surveys help us understand how soils differ and how they behave under various land management systems. The heart of a soil survey is the soil map showing the spatial distribution and variability of soils on the landscape. On the Web Soil Survey, you’ll find the type of soil in your identified area, best uses and limitations for the area, and soil properties and qualities. Use the Web Soil Survey (developed by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service) to determine what soil is around your school and how it can be used.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; high school; mapping; middle school; soils
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