Attendance and participation for all laboratories and examinations is mandatory. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR REVIEWING BACKGROUND INFORMATION BEFORE EACH LAB .

In-door (bench) laboratory analyses will be carried out individually (one report per person).
Field labs will be done in teams (one report per team).

FIELD LABS: Bus DEPARTS from bottom of Lawrinson stairs (Physical Plant).
Mon, Wed and Fri 12:45 pm;
Tu and Th 12:30pm

If you are not on the bus, you cannot depart = miss lab.
You could depart from the course.

Fall 2017 Lab Due Dates, Exam Schedule

Week Of: Lecture Topics & Reading Assignments Lab Topics
Aug. 28 - Sep. 1 Course Introduction
History of Soil Science
Soil as a Resource
Text 1.1-1.8; 20.5 - 20.8
Extensions of Tragedy of the Commons
Field Lab - Tully Valley Geology
Fact Sheets Linked Below (partial titles)

New From Bill Kappel Sept 1 2015- comparison of 2011 vs 2015 image here

Required Reading: The hydrogeology of the Tully Valley, Onondaga County, New York-An overview of research, 1992-2012:

Older - individual component fact sheets also available (not required)
History of Landslides
Landslide Hazards
Remediation of Mudboils
Tree Rings Record
Hydrogeology of Tully Valley
Sep. 4 - 8
No Class Monday- Labor Day
Soil Profile Description
Text 1.9 - 1.20
Soil Drainage Class Key
Field Book for Describing and Sampling Soils, version 3.0
Lab 2 Navigating 345 Cyberspace Room Location -
Mon. Your choice (dorm room, Cafe Kabul, etc.)
Tue. 12:30-2:30 TBA
Wed. 12:45-2:45 TBA
Thu. 12:30-2:30 TBA
Fri. 12:45-2:45 TBA

View glacial meltwater flow
Sep. 11 - 15
Hardhat Needed for Lab This Week
Parent Material
(It's in the jeans!)
Text 2.1
Site Classification site classification Field Guide
by R.D. Briggs (1994)
Lab 3 - Field Trip: 3-Rivers Game Management Area - Morphology of a Lacustrine Catena. Download OSDs for Croghan, Lamson, Niagara, and Otisville series.

Get your own soil map from Web Soil Survey

Guide to Describing Soils
Prose used by the pros
Guide to identifying soil horizons
Sep. 18 - 22 Soil Formation
Text 2.2-2.10
Lab 4 - Field Trip (part 1) Heiberg Forest - Morphology of a Glacial Till Catena. Download OSDs for Mongaup, Willdin, Ontusia, Norchip series.
Get Site Classification Field Guide
Hagerstown series Picture
Hagerstown series Description
Sep. 25 - 29
Soil Physical Properties
Text Chapter 4
Lab 4 Heiberg Field Trip (part 2) - Soil Mapping

Competent with ARC and looking for tools to build your soils map? Use links below for NRCS soil data:

Geospatial Data Gateway. Instructions are linked from this page.

Download page for Soil Viewer 6 Tool for ARCGIS 10 and installation instructions

Oct. 2 - 6 Soil Water Concepts
Text 5.1 - 5.4
Field Indicator for Hydric Soil Indicators
- NOT REQUIRED but you can click here
Lab 5 Soil Texture, Structure, BD and Pore Space
B-13 Marshall
Oct. 9 - 13
Hardhat Needed for Lab This Week
Soil Water Movement
Text 5.5 - 5.11
Lab 6 Erosion and BMPs
Heiberg Forest

NYS BMP Manual Click Here

NYS Erosion & Sediment Blue Book Click Here

Minnesota DNR BMP Treasure Chest Click here
Oct. 16 - 20
Soil Erosion

Text Chapter 17
Lab 7 Soil Water
Mon. 12:45 - 2:45 TBA
Tue. 12:30 - 2:30 TBA
Wed. 12:45 - 2:45 TBA
Thu. 12:30 - 2:30 TBA
Fri. 12:45 - 2:45 TBA
Oct. 23 - 27
Exam 2
Soil Aeration, Soil Temperature

Text Chapter 7

Wetlands via US EPA
Lab 8 - Organic Soils at Palermo - our last field lab :(
FAO Organic Soil Website
Oct. 30 - Nov. 3
Soil Colloids
Text Chapter 8
Lab BREAK Yeah Briggs rules!
Nov. 6 - 10 Soil CEC and Soil Acidity

Text Chapter 9
Lab 9 CEC
Nov. 13 - 17 Soil Buffering
Lab 10 Soil Acidity
Nov. 27 - Dec. 1 Nutrition and Nutrient Cycles
Text Chapter 12
Lab 11 Soil Fertility
Fertilizer Link- Professor Shakhashiri Chem 103 at Univ. Wisconsin
Confused about converting mass to charge? - Check out

Christmas Tree Fertilization Worksheet

Issues - P extraction and application ISSUES

Lab this week in locations below:

Mon. - TBA
Tues. - TBA
Wed. - TBA
Thurs. - TBA
Fri. - TBA
Dec. 4 - 8
Exam 3 during 1st hour of lab period
Nutrition and Amendments
Text 13.1-13.15; 14.1-14.3
Exam 3 Each Section
Taken During Lab Period in Room TBA (M - F)
Dec. XX FINAL EXAM Schedule
email: rdbriggs@esf.edu
Updated on December 30, 2016
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