SGL-12803 Introduction to Soil Geography

Course

Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Lecture22
Practical18
Excursion (one day)4
Course coordinator(s)IM Lubbers
Lecturer(s)dr. A Larsen
dr. JM Schoorl
IM Lubbers
MSc S Mantel
JHJ Candel
Examiner(s)IM Lubbers

Language of instruction:

EN

Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety

Continuation courses:

SOC-22803 Introduction to Soil Physical, Chemical and Biological Processes (BES, BIL, BSW);
SGL-22306 Geology, Soils and Landscapes of the Rhine-Meuse Delta (BSW).

Contents:

This course explains how geological processes and soil forming processes shape the soil and lead to soil spatial variation. It describes the main physical, chemical and biological properties that characterise the soil and explains how soils are grouped by soil classification systems. Students also learn how soil maps are made and how these maps are used in soil suitability and land evaluation studies.
**Practicals alternate lectures and illustrate and deepen the subject knowledge. A field excursion shows the relationships between geology, soils, and landscape (including land use) around Wageningen.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- describe and explain geological processes in relation to the genesis of landscapes, parent materials and soils;
- describe and interpret how soil forming processes lead to different soil properties and variations in soil types;
- describe and apply basic approaches in soil inventarisation and digital soil mapping in order to use relevant soil information as a basis for land evaluation.

Activities:

- attend lectures;
- practicals (mandatory);
- field excursion by bike (mandatory).

Examination:

- written examination consisting of multiple choice questions
- participation in practicals and excursion is mandatory in order to p;ass;
- a test-examination is available (answers included).

Literature:

Reader ‘Introduction to Soil Geography’. Available at WUR shop.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc2AF
BILInternational Land and Water ManagementBSc2AF
BESEnvironmental SciencesBSc2AF
MinorPeriod
Restricted Optional for: WUMTEBSc Minor Management of Terrestrial Ecosystems2AF