Soils: Introducing the World Beneath Our Feet

Academy
Futurelearn
Kurzbeschreibung
Learn about soils, the variety of life they contain and how humans impact this fragile system, with this free online course.
Kursarten
E-Learning
Fachbereich

Ökologie

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Kursinhalt

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Soils are a complex environment, teeming with life and supporting our most fundamental environmental processes.

We will take a journey through the soil, learning about the basics of soil science and also about life in the soil.

We will look at why soil is so important and investigate threats to soil - a topic relevant to the past and present.

Finally we will learn about how and why soils are under threat at a local and global scale.

You will also get the chance to get your hands dirty with some activities to give you practical experience of assessing soil properties and conditions.

Soils are really important. How much do you know about the world beneath our feet? Take this just-for-fun quiz and find out…

This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in soils, biology, geography and environmental science. No prior knowledge is required but will be of particular interest to sixth formers and undergraduates studying these subjects.

Kursziele
Develop an understanding of what soil is made of and how it forms,Describe soil texture including how to test it yourself,Explore the variety and diversity of life in the soil,Evaluate the importance of soils throughout history,Identify threats to soil security,Assess threats of global environmental change to soils
Anforderungen
This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in soils, biology, geography and environmental science. No prior knowledge is required but will be of particular interest to sixth formers and undergraduates studying these subjects.
Kurssprache
Englisch