Campus Field Soil Geomorphology

Holly Dolliver, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

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In this activity, students have an opportunity to learn about the geomorphology and soils of your campus. Within a team, students collect soils information and use it to construct of stratigraphic cross-section and outline major geologic events in the history of a given site.

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Geomorphology, Soil Pedodogy, Soil Profile Descriptions/Morphology

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Knowledge of soil development, soil properties, and soil profile descriptions.

How the activity is situated in the course

Stand-alone exercise


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Complete a field description of a soil core

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Interpret the geologic history of an area based on soils information

Other skills goals for this activity

Construct a concept diagram/cross-section

Description and Teaching Materials

Instructor Notes (Acrobat (PDF) 175kB Apr30 13)
Description of the Activity (Acrobat (PDF) 464kB Apr30 13)


Accuracy and completness of field description and cross-section

References and Resources

Natural Resources Conservation Service's Field Book for Describing and Sampling Soils