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

  • Said S. AL-Ismaily AL-Ismaily Said S. AL-Ismaily, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.
  • Ali K. AL-Maktoumi P.O. Box 34, Al-Khod 123, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman
Keywords: Soil education, field exercise, Soil catena, soil formation factors

Abstract

Studing soils under their natural habitat is an important step to understand soil-landscape relationships. Combing ing field-work with laboratory analyses is an important tech- nique for learning about soils and should help students to broaden their understanding of the basic concepts of soil sci- ence 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 labora- tory 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 topose- quence 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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Published
2017-06-12
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