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View Resource NSSC Soil Survey Laboratory: Soil Characterization Database

The National Soil Survey Center (NSSC), as part of the Natural Resource Conservation Service, maintains the Soil Survey Laboratory Soil Characterization Database. The application allows users to generate, print and download reports containing soil characterization data held by the NSSC Soil Survey Laboratory. Users are able to choose the location and particular pedon for each query and report...

View Resource Wilderness Awareness School

The Wilderness Awareness School is located in Washington, but offers courses in other regions as well. Here, visitors can sign up for the School's newsletter, The FoxDen, and the free NatureSkills Journal. Users may also try the School's free seven-day course, NatureWalk. The site contains sections for both adults and children/young adults. The "Nature Skills" section of the site provides...

View Resource Soil Use and Management

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.

View Resource Let's Talk Dirt

This activity is from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), a national center that "promotes and supports environmental and energy technology education to address the needs of the national and global workforce." The activity is designed to provide a real-world application of the ATEEC Recommended Core Curriculum's math, science, technical, communications, or critical...

View Resource Soil Composition

Soil is essential for life on Earth. It is needed for food, air, clothing and so much more. Discussion topics include the terms 'soil', 'dirt', and 'sediment', factors affecting the formation of soils, soil horizons, and the twelve orders of soils. In a hands-on activity, students will collect soil samples from three different locations, use online resources to determine texture and particle...

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