Soils are a complex environment, teeming with life and supporting our most fundamental environmental processes.
We will take a journey through the soil, learning about the basics of soil science and also about life in the soil.
We will look at why soil is so important and investigate threats to soil - a topic relevant to the past and present.
Finally we will learn about how and why soils are under threat at a local and global scale.
You will also get the chance to get your hands dirty with some activities to give you practical experience of assessing soil properties and conditions.
Soils are really important. How much do you know about the world beneath our feet? Take this just-for-fun quiz and find out…
This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in soils, biology, geography and environmental science. No prior knowledge is required but will be of particular interest to sixth formers and undergraduates studying these subjects.
Carol Fitzgerald completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
An informative and fun course. It was thought provoking , interesting and added to my knowledge of just what soil is, including challenging and expanding my previous perception of soil. There course included a number of hands-on exercises and overall...
An informative and fun course. It was thought provoking , interesting and added to my knowledge of just what soil is, including challenging and expanding my previous perception of soil. There course included a number of hands-on exercises and overall the experience was excellent. The course pointed out the environmental fragility of soils and the future impact this will have on the planet and humanity. Very thought provoking indeed. So much information was packed into the course that I will need to revisit the material from time to time just to try to absorb it all. It is comforting to know that our world is in the hands of such enthusiastic researchers as future generations go forward into an uncertain environmental future.