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5.13: Activity 5 - Effects of Soil Erosion

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    To better interpret that understandings of soil erosion, you will draw a BEFORE and AFTER erosion picture of an ecosystem of your choosing. Use elements and concepts outlined in Figure 4 to detail and label your drawings and incorporate AT LEAST 3 elements of erosion into your drawing. One of these elements must focus on water-erosion and one element on wind-erosion, the rest are up for you to decide!

    The BEFORE picture will be used as a “control” system showing a pristine system, and your “AFTER” will detail the effects of soil erosion. Your pictures should detail both above ground and below ground (soil) effects of erosion.

    Accompanying your BEFORE and AFTER drawings, please tell us a brief story (3-5 sentences) on how your soil degraded over time and how that impacted soil processes and ecosystem function.

    BEFORE:

    AFTER:

    What happened to this system and its soil? (Describe below)

    REMINDERS/Assignments for next week’s lab:

    1. Study for pre-lab Quiz on material from Lab #6: Science Communication
    2. Choose one of the resources to read to prepare for lab
    3. Prepare 4-5 facts on a chosen soil science topic that interests you. This could relate to something we have learned in lab or lecture, another course, work outside the university or a soil science-related cause you care deeply about. These facts will be the skeleton for next week’s assignment.
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