Course 311 Soil Surveys
For this week’s forum you are to locate and research a soil survey online. You may choose a town or county or other area that you are familiar with or any other you have an interest in. (Note: Your site must be in the US, unless special permission is granted via messages with me). Surveys can be found via state and county records, but the largest repository is here:
USDA NRCS Web Soil Survey: http://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/App/HomePage.htm
The survey you chose will be the same one you will use for your final project. In this week’s post I’d like you to provide a link to your chosen survey, tell us why this area is of interest to you and focus on the topic of change over time and how that might (or might not) have impacted the soil. This should get you thinking about human alterations to the landscape via agriculture, development, etc., as well as things like climate change or natural disasters. This will obviously require research beyond the survey itself, that is just a jumping off point. And don’t forget to bring all point of focus back to the soils!