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Introduction to Soil Science and Technology

Learn about soil formation processes and basic soil concepts in soil science and technology in this free online course.

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Introduction to Soil Science and Technology is a free online course that offers an introductory guide to understanding, applying, and managing various soil processes in the world of soil science. Learn about the soil formation process of weathering, different soil classification systems, soil taxonomy, and various soil properties. Begin the course today and improve your knowledge of soil concepts and properties for improved soil productivity!
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Introduction to Soil Science and Technology is the first in a suite of free online courses that teaches you the basic soil concepts and processes in soil science. This course will help you gain foundational knowledge of soil mechanisms and applications. You will begin with an overview of the branches of soil science as well as soil functions and composition.

Next, you will study the soil formation process of weathering, along with the factors affecting soil profiles. You will also learn about soil classification systems and the hierarchy in soil taxonomy. Then, you will learn how to analyze soil colors using the Munsell color chart. Finally, you will discuss various soil properties such as soil texture, soil structure, soil tillage, soil density, porosity, and consistency.

This free online course will serve as an introductory guide to the world of soil science and soil applications. This course is ideal for students, researchers, and anyone with an interest in the concepts and systems of soil science and technology. So, check out this course today and acquire invaluable knowledge of soil science and soil concepts.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the branches of soil science
  • Discuss the major types of weathering in soil formation
  • Describe various factors affecting soil profile
  • Discuss the historical and modern development of soil classification systems
  • Analyze the soil taxonomy hierarchy
  • Recognize the Munsell color chart in the interpretation of soil color
  • Evaluate various methods for determining soil texture
  • Discuss the various types of tillage operations
  • Analyze the method of calculating particle density and bulk density


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