Submitted to: Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education
Publication Type: Peer reviewed journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/4/2009
Publication Date: 10/15/2009
Citation: Mamo, M., Kettler, T., Ippolito, J.A., Reuter, R., Mccallister, D., Zanner, W., Geiss, C., Morner, P., Soester, J. 2009. Soil Genesis and Development, Lesson 2 - Processes of Weathering. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education. 38:238. Interpretive Summary: This on-line, interactive lesson developed by Mamo et al. (http://plantandsoil.unl.edu/croptechnology2005/soil_sci/?what=topicsD&topicOrder=1&informationModuleId=1124303183) introduces users to the concept of physical, chemical, and biological weathering processes which contribute to soil development. Experiential learning activities and weathering process activities for different global regions are used as support the presented material. The lesson is written to target lower-level undergraduate student educational needs and is available for use by the general public.
Technical Abstract: Weathering processes — which include physical, chemical, and biological — contribute to the development of soil. The learning objectives of the lesson are: 1) Define and distinguish physical, chemical, and biological weathering processes; and 2) Describe how rock and mineral properties and environmental factors influence the weathering of rocks and minerals into soil. Experiential learning activities and weathering process activities for different global regions support the learning objectives. The lesson is written to target educational needs of lower-level undergraduate students in earth and environmental sciences and is available for use by the public and educational institutions. Depending on the goals and objectives of a course, training, or workshop, part or all sections of the lesson could be used. Website available at: http://plantandsoil.unl.edu/croptechnology2005/soil_sci/?what=topicsD&topicOrder=1&informationModuleId=1124303183