The ability to expose a representative soil profile and to describe it accurately and consistently are skills that are fundamental to the study of soil in the field. This practical one day course at Lancaster University and Myerscough College* is the first of three courses covering the foundation skills and teaches you how to:
- Safely expose a soil profile either by digging a pit or by using a soil auger
- Consistently describe a site and a full soil profile using a recognised system of description (including hand texturing, soil colour, structure, consistency, porosity, stone content, free lime and roots/fauna present
- Interpret soil layers (broad horizon nomenclature), features and materials in terms of soil forming processes and the soil environment
The course is part laboratory and part field based. Working in a small group, you will dig your own pits, be taught each aspect of soil description back in the laboratory and then describe horizons back from your own pit.
* Please note that return coach transfers between the two locations will be provided.
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You receive a training pack that includes an illustrated course manual with detailed instructions on all aspects of site and soil exposure and description, soil description forms for future use, a hand lens and a certificate of attendance.
The course also qualifies for CPD points for various professional practice schemes - full details to be added shortly.
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