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Unformatted text preview: GEOLOGY 306 - SOIL SCIENCE SPRING 2011 http://mason.gmu.edu/~jnord/geol306/ PREREQUISITE GEOL 101 and CHEM 103 or 211 CLASS MEETS Monday 4:30 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. - Enterprise Hall 276 INSTRUCTOR Dr. Julia Nord, 3055 David King Hall Email Address - [email protected] OFFICE HOURS Tuesday 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment TEXT The Nature and Properties of Soils by Nyle C. Brady and Ray R. Weil, Fourteenth Edition, Pearson / Prentice Hall, 2008 Additional Readings will also be assigned TOPICS This class provides an introduction to the physical, chemical, and biotic properties of soils. We will discuss many issues relating to soil quality and soil stewardship. Without soil, the earth's surface would be barren rock or sand and gravel and would not be able to support life. Soil is the biologically active zone where sunlight, water, and the atmosphere mix and interact with the Earth's rocks and minerals. Soil is constantly altering its composition in response to changing conditions. It supports a host of interdependent communities of living things which survive by endlessly exchanging energy and chemical resources (minerals, elements etc). We will also study soil classification, soil mapping, and soil as a resource for areas other than agriculture such as building sites, landfills, septic systems, and water quality, availability and movement. A knowledge of soils is necessary for site assessment, urban availability and movement....
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course GEOL 306 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at George Mason.
- Spring '08