Soil Science Resources
Who Can I Ask For Help? (or, "So You Need A Little Help Digging Your Pit....")
See the menu to the left for more resources and information on National and State Education Standards, Books and Videos, and more.
In all GLOBE partner countries, soil scientists at local or state Universities and Colleges may be very eager to help with the Soil Protocols (check departments such as Agronomy, Soil Science, Geography, and Environmental Science).
Also, contact national agriculture or natural resource agencies, or local planning agencies who may use Soil Scientists as consultants
In the USA: The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a number of organizations which can be helpful. Probably the most useful organization is the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Within the NRCS, there are many soil scientists available to help you at the county, state, regional, or national level. To get more information about the NRCS, check the home page at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/, or http://offices.usda.gov or your telephone book.
Other USDA agencies that might be helpful are:
- The Cooperative State Research and Extension Service http://www.csrees.usda.gov/
- The USDA Agricultural Research Service http://www.ars.usda.gov/
- The Forestry Service http://www.fs.fed.us/
In other partner countries:
In addition to your local agencies, Universities, and Colleges, you can try:
- The Foreign Agricultural Service http://www.fas.usda.gov/country.html
- The Peace Corps http://www.peacecorps.gov/indexf.cfm
- United States Department of Agriculture
- The Volume Room - A Soil Science Materials Resource Guide for Students and Teachers
- Dr. Soil: A Learning Activity Designed to Introduce Soil Science Concepts to Beginning Students
- Books and Videos: A Resource Guide For Students and Teachers
Information About Soils
- Download and use these field guide instructions to conduct your characterization protocols such as structure, color, consistence, and texture.
- A terrific learning activity to introduce soil science and characterization concepts.
- See twelve slides shows of soil erosion (external link)
- A learning activity by Larry P Wilding, of Texas A&M University, to show how the soil acts as a filtering medium.
- Go here if you'd like to download the GLOBE Program's Soil Characterization Protocol PowerPoint presentations.
- Here is some information on soil fertility.Soil Forming Factors
- Over time, the four factors below form soil.
- Have you ever wondered just how much soil there is on the Earth to grow plants? Go to "How Much Soil Is There?" to find out.
- Read all about how to make your own soil model and also see how the professionals make them.
- Soil can form pretty slowly. Head over here for some perspective on just how slowly soil forms.
- Nitrogen transformations in soil, water, & air.
- Play the game. It's fun and you'll learn a lot!
- Images of a great soil site in Finland.
- This is a great activity book for learning about plants and the nutrients that they need to grow and thrive.
The guide to help trainers set up the soil portion of a GLOBE training.
- Preparation Description for the "Julia Child" Method of Training the Basic and Advanced Soil Science GLOBE Protocols
- This field guide can be printed out and used out in the field to complete the GLOBE soil characterization horizon description protocols.Here are the step-by-step instructions for the GLOBE Soil Characterization protocols. There are images and instructions to download or print out.
- Here are some amazing soil profile images from different places.
- Check out how the soil has been in the news over the last few years
- See the pH values of many different plants, trees, fruits and vegetables.
- A learning activity by Larry P Wilding, of Texas A&M University, to show how the soil is an electrical system.
- One of the soil's best friends, the worm, was in the news.
- Learn all about how to conduct the soil texture by feel protocol.
Please let us know if you have contacted any of these resource people for help, or if you know of others we haven't listed!