Part of North America's Largest High School Environment Competition

Soils and Land Use

Generalized Framework

  • Recognize soil as a important and dynamic resource.
  • Recognize and identify the features of a soil profile, including constituents: clay, organic matter, sand, silt.
  • Describe basic soil properties and soil formation factors.
  • Identify soil horizons in the field.
  • Determine basic soil properties and limitations (e.g., mottling and permeability) by analyzing soil samples.
  • Assess soil water and nutrients, their movement, storage, and uptake by plants.
  • In land use planning discussions, discuss how soil is a factor in or is impacted by non-point source pollution.
  • Define and summarize the role of carbon sequestration.
  • Use a USGS topographic map.
  • Extract information about soils from USDA sources.
  • Utilize soil information as a basis for land use decisions.

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