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2: Parent Materials and Mineralogy

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  • Learning Objectives

    • To understand the various types of soil parent materials that exist
    • To identify the physical and chemical properties of common minerals and rocks
    • To understand be able to recognize important soil weathering processes such as hydrolysis, carbonation, and redox reactions
    • To recognize what different weathered geologic material looks like at various stages of weathering from rock, to parent material, to soil.

    GOAL: To understand the importance of soil mineralogy and the fundamentals of soil parent materials and they play in soil formation.

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