ELEMENTS OF GEOPEDOLOGY

ELEMENTS OF GEOPEDOLOGY

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Code
95290
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
2 credits during the 2nd year of 10589 CONSERVAZIONE E GESTIONE DELLA NATURA (LM-60) GENOVA

2 credits during the 2nd year of 9916 ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES (L-32) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
GEO/04
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (CONSERVAZIONE E GESTIONE DELLA NATURA)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Pedology studies the soil characteristics,classification and formation processes.The soil is the system that sustains our life, as well as an essential element of the landscape.The course provides the investigation tools for the interpretation of the soil also as source of information to document and reconstruct the climatic variations during Quaternary.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to provide the basic knowledge to understand the soil formation processes through the examination of its composition, organization and characteristics, in order to describe and interpret the soils correctly.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Attendance and participation in the planned educational activities (lectures and laboratory activities) will allow the student to acquire the necessary knowledge to deal with pedological survey and classify a soil.

Specifically, the student will be able to:

  1.      know the descriptive techniques of a soil profile
  2.      interpret the main horizons physico-chemical properties and deduce the formation processes
  3.      know how to distinguish the main soil groups
  4.      learn about the main applications of pedology

PREREQUISITES

The student must not have acquired specific preliminary knowledge. Attendance at "Mineralogy" and "Geomorphology" courses is recommended

Teaching methods

The course is articulated in lectures conducted by the teacher

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The soil as an interface between the biosphere, atmosphere and lithosphere

  • Definitions of soil.
  • Soil constituents: minerals and organic; water in the soil.

The pedological profile

  • The soil profile and its differentiation in horizons.
  • Organic horizons and mineral horizons: characteristics and nomenclature.
  • Profile description on the field.

Pedogenesis: processes and factors

  • Physical and chemical weathering of the rocks.
  • General processes of soil evolution.
  • The fundamental processes of pedogenesis.
  • The factors of soil evolution.

Soil classification and mapping

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

ll slides used during the lessons and other educational material will be available on aul @ web. In general, the notes taken
during the lessons and the material on aul @ web are sufficient for the preparation of the exam.
The books below are suggested as supporting texts.

Introduction to the topic:

  • Cremaschi M. (2000). Manuale di Geoarcheologia. Editori Laterza, Roma-Bari. [capitolo “Pedologia”]

Italian texts:

  • Certini C. e Ugolini F.C. (2010). Basi di Pedologia. Edagricole, Milano (consigliato)
  • Giordano A. (1999). Pedologia. UTET, Torino.
  • McRae S.G. (1991). Pedologia Pratica. Zanichelli, Bologna

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Students are received by appointment, agreed directly with the teacher by telephone, mail or via aulaweb.

Exam Board

IVANO RELLINI (President)

MARCO FIRPO

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The course is articulated in lectures conducted by the teacher

LESSONS START

2 October 2019

EXAMS

Exam description

The exam consists of an oral test with questions asked by the teacher on topics covered during the course

Assessment methods

The oral test will mainly focus on the topics covered during the lectures and will aim to assess the achievement of the appropriate level of knowledge, the ability to link different topics. The ability to present the topics clearly and with correct terminology will also be evaluated.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
10/09/2020 10:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Regular attendance at lectures a is strongly recommended.