1.078 Soil and Environmental Biogeochemistry


Class Info

Presents the physical, chemical, biological and genetic properties of soils, their global distribution, and response to management. Introduces Earth's different soil types and their classification; links characteristics with contemporary and historic issues surrounding natural and managed soil systems. Emphasizes soil chemical processes controlling the cycling and fate of soil nutrients and contaminants, including chemical equilibria in soils and natural waters, reduction-oxidation, mineral surface chemistry and precipitation-dissolution reactions. Introduces coupled physical-chemical-biological soil processes that control the transport of porewater constituents. Topics include soil carbon cycling, water and fertilizer management, and challenges associated with soil salinity-sodicity, erosion, and pollution. Students taking graduate version complete a laboratory-based project.

This class has no prerequisites.

1.078 will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by B. Kocar.

Lecture occurs 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 48-308.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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