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The goal of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Soil Survey Division (SSD) is to assess the world's soil resources. This site provides soil surveys and maps by state, which indicate the agriculture and climate, descriptions of soil types, soil uses, and suitability for land use. Contact information for local and state soil scientists are given. Users can also access soil characterization information ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Ref. material, In-situ dataset
Subject: Agricultural science, Soil science
 
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This site is part of the US Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource's Conservation Service, providing state-of-the-art soil survey technology, standards, data, and expertise. This site covers soil quality, hydric and urban soils, facts and figures for the United States, and a number of world, national and thematic maps. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Physical geography, Soil science
 
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This site is part of Visible Earth, which is hosted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and contains a searchable directory of images, visualizations, and animations of the Earth. The agriculture section contains images pertaining to aquaculture, crop and plant yields, irrigation, reclamation, soil moisture, and more. Each image is available in a variety of resolutions and ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Imagery - remotely sensed, Photograph, Video, Abstract / Summary
Subject: Agricultural science, Soil science
 
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This site covers numerous aspects of soil science and addresses many soil related issues at a level that can be presented to school age children. Several sections are devoted to the relationship between humans and soil in terms of agriculture, society, ecosystems, and why soil should be studied. Also included are photographs of different soil types or soil horizons with descriptions that explain what ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lab activity, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Soil science
 
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This report describes the characteristics used to define wetland (or hydric) soil types found in the United States. It is in text format and has one image showing the difference between hydric sandy soils and finer textured soils. The report identifies and describes the particular soil types and lists them by region. The information used for the report was provided by the USDA, NRCS, and Wetland Science ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Report, Policy / Procedure
Subject: Hydrology, Soil science
 
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This activity allows students to examine the composition of dirt. Over a period of a few days, students collect soil samples and observe the contents. The purpose of the experiment is to investigate healthy soil and how it can help with pollution. This activity includes vocabulary, materials, activity descriptions, and observation questions for students to answer as they go. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Environmental science, Soil science
 
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This website contains information and research concerning 2D and 3D modeling of soil architecture using GIS software, including current research and related University of Florida courses. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Educational portal
Subject: Geology, Soil science
 
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This activity is part of a series of lessons in a continuing study of change. It is designed to give students hands-on experience manipulating and controlling the variables involved in the process of soil erosion. They will be able to identify variables that influence rates of change and use group consensus to design and build what they believe to be the strongest mountain possible. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Geology, Soil science
 
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These forestry lesson plans and field activities teach students: how trees function in an urban setting; how to collect data on trees in their urban environment in order to determine how well the tree is surviving; and how to participate in the development of an urban forest within their community. There are lessons to classify trees; measure the height, age, and growth rates of trees; and compare ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Field activity, Assessment / Evaluation, Lesson plan, Glossary
Subject: Forestry, Soil science
 
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This Classroom Connectors lesson plan is designed to develop in young students an understanding of how rocks and soil move through a continuous cycle on Earth. The site provides goals, objectives, an outline, time required, materials, activities, and closure ideas for the lesson. The Classroom Connectors address content with an activity approach while incorporating themes necessary to raise the activity ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology, Soil science
 
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