Soil Science and Technology - Soil Properties and Chemical Processes
Learn about soil properties, clay mineral structure, and chemical processes in the soil from this free online course.
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The chemical and physical properties of the soil are important to soil fertility, plant growth, and the sustainable use of soil. Soil Science and Technology - Soil Properties and Chemical Processes is the second in a suite of free online courses that provides a comprehensive guide to essential soil properties. This course begins with a discussion on soil-water interactions and the method of measuring soil water content.
Next, you will study the technicalities of water movement within the soil as well as the factors affecting available water content. You will also learn about the processes of gaseous exchange in soil aeration and the effects of soil temperature. Then, you will take a look into soil colloids and silicate clays, along with the mineral structure of clay minerals. Finally, you will discuss x-ray diffraction analysis and the elements of Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC).
This free online course provides you with expert knowledge on the physical and chemical properties of the soil as well as important processes necessary for soil functions. This course will be of great interest to students, researchers, agriculturists, and anyone with an interest in understanding soil mechanisms as well as improving soil productivity. Begin this course today and improve your knowledge of managing soil properties and chemical processes.Start Course Now
Soil Consistency and Soil Water
Soil Consistency and Soil Water - Learning Outcomes
Introduction to Soil Consistency and Soil Water
Methods for Measuring Soil Water Content
Soil Consistency and Soil Water - Lesson Summary
Soil Water and Temperature
Soil Water and Temperature - Learning Outcomes
Soil Water Movement
Qualitative Description of Soil Wetness
Soil Temperature Tutorial
Soil Water and Temperature - Lesson Summary
Soil Chemical Processes
Soil Chemical Processes - Learning Outcomes
Introduction to Silicate Clay
Structure of Clay Minerals
Sources of Charges in Soil
Cation Exchange Capacity
Soil Chemical Processes - Lesson Summary
Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
- Recall the indices and classes of plasticity
- Describe the structure and properties of water
- Identify the models of water distribution
- Discuss the types of water movement within the soil
- Identify the processes of gaseous exchange
- Indicate various processes affected by soil temperature
- Identify the types of soil colloids
- Describe the sources of charges in the soil
- Discuss the adsorption of cations and anions to colloidal surface
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