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Weathering and Soils

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This module is aimed at helping students understand the patterns and drivers of weathering and the formation of soils on Earth and Mars.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

Context for Use

It is advisable that students are familiar with basic lithology and mineralogy to be successful in these activities and homework sets.

Description and Teaching Materials

Compiled In-Class Activities and Homework

In-Class Activity


Teaching Notes and Tips


Methods of assessment are within each individual In-Class Activity and Homework.

References and Resources

  1. Image File: Weathering and Soils (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 5.7MB Feb2 14)
  2. This NASA webpage has a search function for many images related to weathering.

    e.g., the word "soil" will pull up images of both Earth and Mars

  3. Mars "blueberries" spherules NASA announcement: