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Weathering and Soils

Julia Kahmann-Robinson PhD, University of Utah Department of Geology & Geophysics
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Summary

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

In-Class Activity

Homework/Lab

Teaching Notes and Tips

Assessment

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.

    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA12994

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

  3. Mars "blueberries" spherules NASA announcement: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mer/multimedia/pia16139.html