Why a Soil Reader

In a setting of agriculture, science, or engineering the word soil has a specific meaning. In English jargon the word soil is often applied inappropriately.

In english jargon the word soil can be a dirty word. Certainly soil out of place, like so many things, looses its wealth and stature.

The study and use of soil in its natural setting is never a dirty subject, nor is it a dirty word.

It is the purpose of a college introductory soil course to define a survey of the various functions and applications of soil. The overarching objective of the soil reader is to introduce some generalizations that will start defining soil, soil science, help with management of soil as a natural resource, and to link the science back to uses of the soil medium in agriculture, engineering, ecology, environmental sciences, and ecosystem sciences.

The above overarching objective and more specific aims are addressed in numerous books, technical documents, and undoubtedly in web pages and blogs dispersed within the world wide web(s). So, why this reader?

This set of pages are intended to be accessed by learners in soil courses at the University level. As such the another textbook, handouts, slide decks, and supplemental material may be nested in a Learning Management System (LMS) associated with the University.

A note about the geographic foci of the above proficiency objectives. Nearly all of the content of this reader is applicable to soil wherever soil is found.

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