ESF 517: Soils-Mapping/Interpretation

Synonym:

76318 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

James Jordan

Credits:

3

Seats:

16

Semester:

Summer 2011

Meeting Schedule:

Mon 6/6 - 6/10 (8:30AM-4:29PM)

Description:

Competency Areas Spring 2010 and earlier: CB, Cert, EAO, EE, RMC & IND - Natural Communities
Competency Areas Fall 2010 and Spring 2011: Methods or elective
Restricted to ES students from April 12 - 26. Open to all students on April 27.

This course focuses on soil-landscape relationships and the applications of soil science to land use and management issues. We will investigate soil formation processes in the context of geomorphic setting, the influence of soils on land use patterns and natural vegetation, and will assess soil classification and mapping conventions employed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Students will also be introduced to the subset of soils characterized as hydric; primary hydric soil field indicators will be covered, and we will examine their occurrence in different geologic and topographic settings. Students will become familiar with state and federal standards for best use practices of soils and will map the dominant properties and distributions of soils at parcel to landscape scales.