Basics of Soil Resources 1: Classification, Mapping and Data Bases (RV-10196)

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The rise and fall of civilizations through history has been based on the condition of the soil. From the fertile crescent to the Egyptian Empire and the Han Empire of China, it is the soil that built the empire, and land degradation that led to the deterioration and eventual collapse of these civilizations; 99.7 percent of human food comes from cropland, which is shrinking by more than 10 million hectares (almost 37,000 square miles) a year due to soil erosion.

This 2-hour online course discusses soil as a complex, dynamic, biogeochemical system that is the principal substrata, vital to every life cycle of terrestrial vegetation and organisms. Soil serves as a reservoir of water and nutrients as well as a medium for the filtration and breakdown of wastes. Faced with climatic changes, increasing population and rapid decreases in the extent and quality of the soil resource base, the global community must now take stewardship of the resource most immediately linked to our survival.
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Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
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At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:
•Define the vocabulary of soils and soil management
•Describe an overview of the systems of soil classification
•Explain the variety of factors involved in soil conservation
•Discuss the significance and variety of factors involved in soil management
•Identify some of the issues of soil mapping
Donna Rona
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