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Intro to Soil Science Lec. 1-2 Introduction Book Ch. 1 1/10/2011 8 Function of Soil Habitat for Soil Organisms –Micro-organisms: bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes, algae, protozoa, nematodes, etc. –Macro-organisms: rodents, worms, insects, birds, trees, corn, arthropods, crustaceans, mites, insects, mammals, wombats, naked mole rats, etc. Concepts of Soils Farmer/gardener – grow crops in them Rancher – forages grow on them to feed cattle Horticulturist – what you put in plant pots Engineer – medium that supports structures Geologist – weathered bedrock/stratigraphy
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Unformatted text preview: • Hydrologist – water conveyance and storage medium • Ecologist – portion of habitat • Archeologist/CSI – preserver of artifacts • Pedologist – a natural body on the earth’s surface Soil vs. Soil Material • Soil can be thought as a material: – Topsoil – Modeling Clay – Engineering, supports structure – Landscaping, earth moving – Mining, clay for bricks, Al ores, sand and gravel – Dirt on your shoe • Soil as a Natural Body = 3D and in a particular place – Pedological concept...
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