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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOP AND IMPROVE STRATEGIES FOR MANAGEMENT OF IRRIGATED AGRICULTURAL CROPS AND SOILS

Location: Northwest Irrigation and Soils Research

Title: Online Soil Science Lesson 3: Soil Forming Factors

Authors
item Ippolito, James
item Mamo, M - UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
item Kettler, T - UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
item Reuter, R - OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
item Mccallister, D - UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
item Zanner, W - UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
item Geiss, C - TRINITY COLLEGE
item Morner, P - UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
item Soester, J - UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Submitted to: Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: September 4, 2009
Publication Date: October 15, 2009
Citation: Ippolito, J.A., Mamo, M., Kettler, T., Reuter, R., Mccallister, D., Zanner, W., Geiss, C., Morner, P., Soester, J. 2009. Online Soil Science Lesson 3: Soil Forming Factors. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education. 38:239.

Interpretive Summary: This on-line, interactive lesson developed by Ippolito et al. (http://plantandsoil.unl.edu/croptechnology2005/soil_sci/?what=topicsD&topicOrder=1&informationModuleId=1130447021) explores the five major factors of soil formation: 1) climate; 2) organisms; 3) time; 4) topography; and 5) parent material and their influence in forming soil. The lesson is written to target lower-level undergraduate student educational needs and is available for use by the general public.

Technical Abstract: This lesson explores the five major factors of soil formation, namely: 1) climate; 2) organisms; 3) time; 4) topography; and 5) parent material and their influence in forming soil. The distinction between active and passive factors, moisture and temperature regimes, organism and topographic influences, and parent material sources are discussed. The lesson is written to target educational needs of lower-level undergraduate students and is available for use by the public and educational institutions. Website available at: http://plantandsoil.unl.edu/croptechnology2005/soil_sci/?what=topicsD&topicOrder=1&informationModuleId=1130447021

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