SGL-22306 Geology, Soils and Landscapes of the Northwest European lowlands


Studiepunten 6.00

Field practical65
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. A Makaske
Lecturer(s)JHJ Candel
IM Lubbers
dr. A Makaske
Examiner(s)dr. A Makaske

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06200 Fieldwork Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

SGL-12803: Introduction to Soil Geography


Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with SGL-22803 Soils and Landscapes of the Netherlands and/or SGL-23312 Landscape Geography.

This course provides an overview of Northwest European lowland geology, geomorphology and soils, using the Netherlands as local showcase. Specific attention will be paid to land use, as the soils and landscapes in this area have developed through a combination of natural and anthropogenic influences.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- describe typical soil-landscape interactions of Northwest European lowland areas;
- describe the major landscapes of the Netherlands;
- describe the major natural and anthropogenic processes that contribute to forming the soils and landscapes in the Netherlands;
- explain relationships between soils, landscapes and land use;
- reproduce the major soil-forming processes in Northwest European lowlands and give examples where they dominantly occur;
- identify dominant soil-forming processes on the basis of soil-landscape properties that can be identified in the field;
- evaluate possibilities and limitations for agricultural and non-agricultural land-use on the basis of soil-landscape properties.


- attend lectures, study reader and field practical guide;
- field practicals in various landscapes of the Netherlands.


- the final mark is fully based on a written examination at the end of the course;
- presence during field practicals is compulsory: days of non-attendance (not allowed) need to be compensated in the next year. A mark will be registered when all compulsory elements are completed;
- active participation in the field practicals is required; in case of insufficient participation, the grade can be adapted (up to -10%).


A reader containing selected texts on various themes and landscapes addressed in the course.
A field practical guide and the reader can be obtained a week before the start of the course at the WUR shop.

Verplicht voor: BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc6WD
Verplicht voor: WULEABSc Minor Living Earth6WD