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Soil genesis and development, lesson 1: Rocks, minerals, and soils

McCallister, D.L. and Geiss, C. and Mamo, M. and Kettler, T. and Ippolito, J.A. and Reuter, R. and Morner, P. and Soester, J, (2009) Soil genesis and development, lesson 1: Rocks, minerals, and soils. Journal of Natural Resources & Life Sciences Education. 38:238.

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Most soil parent materials were rocks at some
time in their history. The minerals in rocks may contribute
to soil fertility and other soil properties long after the
original rock is gone. Consequently, it is a valuable skill to
be able to identify broad categories of rock. This lesson will
discuss igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks and
the minerals found in them. The lesson will also provide
opportunities for students to identify rocks based on given
At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to do
the following:
1. Classify rocks based on visual characteristics according
to the major types: igneous, metamorphic, and
2. Predict the influence of “parent” rock on soil properties.
The lesson uses an interactive approach, embedding questions
in each section of the lesson. The lesson is written
to target educational needs of lower-level undergraduate
students and is open for use by the public and educational

Item Type: Article
NWISRL Publication Number: 1318
Subjects: Soil
Depositing User: Users 6 not found.
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2009 22:10
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 15:02
Item ID: 1341