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Soil Science 100 Name__________________ ID ____________________ Fall 2009 Lab___________________ Homework 1 Value 10 points Due Wednesday, September 30 Answer questions 2, 5 and 9 in the text (page 14) repeated below. Adopt a soil. Questions from the text: 2. Define soil in your own words. 5. Which is easier to change in soil, texture or structure? 9. What properties do clay and humus share that influence both soil fertility and human health? Adopt a soil . Go to the USDA website http://soils.usda.gov/ . A link to this site is on the class website. On the left hand menu, click on “official soil series descriptions (OSD)”. When the new window opens, click on “View OSD by series name (with best match feature)”. A new window opens that has a space for you to type in a soil series name if you have a favorite, or you can type in your name, your friend’s name, your home town’s name, or anything clever but not profane and see what you get. Keep trying until you get
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Unformatted text preview: a soil series description that you like. Before you finalize the adoption, go back to the home page and click on “soil lab data” in the left hand menu. In the window that opens, click on “characterization data”. Fill in the box for series name and then click “execute query”. If data are available, you will have a choice of one or more pedons to examine. If data exist for the soil, “adopt” the soil. If no data are available, return to the home page, click on official soil series descriptions again and continue to search for a soil with data. After you have adopted a soil with data, Print out the soil series description and hand it in with answers to the questions below . It is also fun to click on the soil extent button. This will show you a map where the soil series has been mapped. 1. Where and when was the series established? 2. What is the soil drainage class? 3. Where is the type location?...
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