- To be able to identify epipedons and endopedons
- To become familiar with the 12 soil orders
- To understand the structure of Soil Taxonomy
- To begin to understand some of the broader applications and importance of Soil Taxonomy and classification of soils
GOAL: To understand the main soil factors that contribute to the classification of a soil and how to use the system of Soil Taxonomy.
- 3.1: Introduction to Soil Taxonomy
- A common application of soil classification (the act of identifying the taxonomic classification for a given soil) is to develop models of how soils of different classifications associate with one another within a landscape, which can eventually be used in soil mapping. The primary concepts of soil classification using Soil Taxonomy will be reviewed in this lab, followed by an overview of the Web Soil Survey.
- The University of Idaho, “Twelve soil orders” - https://www.uidaho.edu/cals/soil-orders
- USDA-NRCS link to download the FREE .pdf of “Keys to Soil Taxonomy”-
- This lab adapted from Moorberg, Colby J. and Crouse, David A., "Soils Laboratory Manual, K-State Edition" (2017). NPP eBooks. 15. https://newprairiepress.org/ebooks/15 licensed under CC by 4.0