Geology & Geophysics
University of Wyoming
Exploring Soil Development & Conservation of Mass part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This activity aims to develop understanding of soil formation using the principles of conservation of mass. This is best applied to a chronosequence of 2 soils/deposits, such as a set of terraces or glacial moraines. The deposits should differ as much as possible in age and appearance. The "type" deposits for this exercise are Wind River moraines (Taylor and Blum, 1995) that range in age by a factor of roughly 1000. Hypotheses for how soil composition should behave in the two scenarios (i.e., eroding and non eroding) are developed in class prior to the activity using conservation of mass. Field observations and geochemical data from the sites are used to test the validity of assumptions and assess whether data are more consistent with one hypothesis or the other. Results are delivered to the instructor in a final report, which has been revised after peer review by a classmate.
Wildfires, Floods and Sediment Delivery at the Wilderness-Urban Interface in coastal Southern California part of Vignettes:Vignette Collection
Clifford Riebe University of Wyoming Location Continent: North America Country: United States State: California City: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara UTM coordinates and datum: none Setting Climate Setting: ...