Introductory soil science 250

Module code GKD 250
Qualification Undergraduate
Faculty Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Module content

Origin and development of soil, weathering and soil formation processes. Profile differentiation and morphology. Physical characteristics: texture, structure, soil water, atmosphere and temperature. Chemical characteristics: clay minerals, ion exchange, pH, buffer action, soil acidification and salinisation of soil. Soil fertility and fertilisation. Soil classification. Practical work: Laboratory evaluation of simple soil characteristics. Field practicals on soil formation in the Pretoria area.

Module credits 12.00
Service modules Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology
Prerequisites CMY 117 GS or TDH
Contact time 1 practical per week, 3 lectures per week
Language of tuition Separate classes for Afrikaans and English
Department Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
Period of presentation Semester 1

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