FAll 2020 SYLLABUS
Virtual Lecture M W 9:30-10:25 am
All lab exercises (Field as well as Bench) for 2020 will be virtual (much to my disappointment). Labs will be presented synchronously during the scheduled lab periods.
Laboratory Instructors will work with you during your scheduled lab period. Instead of being together physically in Walters Hall for bench labs or at a field site, we will meet virtually, using a combination of Zoom™ and Blackboard™. As is the case for face-to-face labs, attendance at the virtual lab is required.
If you forsee a scheduling problem or you are incapacitated and cannot attend your scheduled lab section, you must arrange with your lab instructor an alternative lab time.
All labs require a report.
Bench lab reports are done individually.
Field lab reports are done for each group (3 students).
Group membership will be assigned by the lab instructors to insure that each team includes individuals from different majors.
|Week Of:||Lecture Topics & Reading Assignments||Lab Topics|
|Aug. 24 - 28
Soil at two scales: local and global
The Critical Zone
Geology as a precursor
Text 1.1-1.8; 20.5 - 20.8
What is soil ? -- A modern look
Extensions of Tragedy of the Commons
Lab 1 Navigating FOR345/545 Cyberspace |
This virtual tour of the course web page maps out the entire semester for you.
|Aug. 31 - Sep. 4
We have virtual class Saturday 5 Sept, 9:30 am due to shortened semester.
|Soil Profile Description
Influence of land use on soil morphology
Text 1.9 - 1.20
Soil Drainage Class Key
Field Book for Describing and Sampling Soils, version 3.0.
Note that this is a reference tool and provides much more detail for most topics than we will discuss in class. Nevertheless, it is a very
| Lab 2 Virtual Field Lab - Geologic foundation of soil - parent material
View glacial meltwater flow
Required Reading: The hydrogeology of the Tully Valley, Onondaga County, New York-An overview of research, 1992-2012:
Older - individual component fact sheets below (partial titles listed) are also helpful
History of Landslides
Remediation of Mudboils
Tree Rings Record
Bill Kappel recorded on video mudboil changes from 2011 to 2015
|Sep. 7 - 11
(It's in the jeans!)
Site Classification Field Guide
by R.D. Briggs (1994)
| Lab 3 - Virtual Field Lab - Lacustrine parent material: soil morphology
Download OSDs for Croghan, Lamson, Niagara, and Otisville series.
3-Rivers WMA Brochure
Get your own soil map from Web Soil Survey
Guide to Describing Soils. Prose used by the pros. This has a LOT of information. It is for reference.
Video -identifying soil horizons.
| Sep. 14 - 18
Weathering Spectacular Features (Morton 2020)
Redoxymorphic features - vary by temperature, parent material, and saturation conditions
State of the art from 2019 Soil Science Society of America annual meeting check it out
|Lab 4a - Virtual Field Lab - Glacial till parent material I: Soil morphology
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. 21 - 25
Soil Physical Properties I
Text Chapter 4
Soil Health and Structure Video
|Virtual Lab 4b Field Lab - Glacial till parent material II: Landscape|
|Sep. 28 - Oct. 2
|Soil Physical Properties II
Field Indicator for Hydric Soil Indicators
- NOT REQUIRED but you can click here
| Virtual Lab 5 Soil physical properties
|Oct. 5 - 9
| Soil Water Concepts
Text 5.1 - 5.4
Lab 4 (cont.) Group work to complete soil morphology and landscape distribution report.
NYS Erosion & Sediment Blue Book Click Here
Minnesota DNR BMP Treasure Chest Click here
|Oct. 12 - 16
Soil Water Movement
Text 5.5 - 5.11
Virtual Field Lab 6 Soil erosion and BMPs
NYS BMP Manual 2018 Version
| Oct. 19 - 23
|Soil Water Completed||
Virtual Field Lab 7 Organic soils
FAO Organic Soil Website
|Oct. 26 - 30
| Soil Aeration, Soil Temperature
Text Chapter 7
Wetlands via US EPA
|Virtual Lab 8 Soil Water|
|Nov. 2 - 6
|Soil Colloids and CEC
Text Chapter 8
|Virtual Lab 9 - Colloids and CEC|
|Nov. 9 - 13
Soil Colloids Completion, Soil Acidity
Text Chapter 9
Virtual Lab 10 Soil acidity |
|Nov. 16 - 20
|Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition||
Virtual Lab 11 Soil Fertility
Christmas Tree Fertilization Worksheet
P extraction and application ISSUES
|Nov. 23 - 24
Last 2 days on campus followed by
Reset and prepare for the final push.
|Nov 30 - Dec 4
Reading daze and exams
|Space for rent||Space for rent|
|Dec. XX||FINAL EXAM Schedule
Updated on Oct. 15, 2020
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