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Studying Soil Catena in Arid-zone Environment: Case Study for Soil Science Students

Author(s): Said S. AL-Ismaily | Ali K. AL-Maktoumi

Journal: Atlas Journal of Science Education
ISSN 2158-9224

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 24;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Soil education | field exercise | Soil catena | and soil formation factors.

Studying soils under their natural habitat is an important step to understand soil-landscape relationships. Combining field-work with laboratory analyses is an important technique for learning about soils and should help students to broaden their understanding of the basic concepts of soil science and in particular of soil formation. This work provides a detailed procedure for a hands-on educational approach consisting of a field exercise combined with basic laboratory techniques for studying a soil catena. The work involves field study of physical and morphological properties of soil pedons existing on a soil catena of Al-Batinah region, Oman. Soil samples were collected for laboratory analyses. The paper provides a package of field, laboratory, and data analysis exercise using the concept of soil catena or toposequence for studying factors of soil formation in an arid-zone environment. Combining field work with basic laboratory analyses maximizes the benefits of studying soil-landscape relationships.

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