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: Zanner, W., Kettler, T., Mamo, M., Ippolito, J.A., Reuter, R., Mccallister, D., Geiss, C., Morner, P., Soester, J. 2009. Soil Genesis and Development, Lesson 5 - Soil Geography and Classification. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education. 38:240. Interpretive Summary: This on-line, interactive lesson developed by Zanner et al. (http://plantandsoil.unl.edu/croptechnology2005/soil_sci/?what=informationModuleList&subjectCategoryId=1117662050) aids the user in identifying and describing the 12 soil Orders, locating where different soil Orders are found on a U.S., state, and local scale, and identifying current land use. The lesson is written to target lower-level undergraduate student educational needs and is available for use by the general public.
Technical Abstract: The system of soil classification developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is called Soil Taxonomy. Soil Taxonomy consists of a hierarchy of six levels which, from highest to lowest, are: Order, Suborder, Great Group, Subgroup, family, and series. This lesson will focus on broad descriptions of soils at the Order level of classification. The objectives of this lesson are: 1. To identify and describe the 12 soil Orders, and the defining characteristics of each. 2. To locate where different soil Orders are found on a U.S., state, and local scale and to identify current land use. The lesson is written to target educational needs of lower-level undergraduate students and is open 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=informationModuleList&subjectCategoryId=1117662050