GETh 201: Geography of Soils

Course IDCourse NameInstructorRoom NumberTime
GETh 201Geography of SoilsDr. Md. Serajul Islam2038:00-8:50 A.M. (Sunday), 11:00-11:50 A.M. (Tuesday)
  1. Nature and Field of Soil Geography.
  2. Components / Compositions of soil and Functions of Soil in Ecosystem.
  3. Physical & Chemical Properties of Soil: Mineral Matter, Texture, Structure, Thickness, Color, Air, Water, Temperature, Density, Soil Nutrients, Soil PH, Lime Content, Soil Colliods, Soil reaction, Buffering, Ion exchange, Soil salinity.
  4. Organic Properties of Soil: Functions and Composition of Organic Matter, Humus and Humification process, Essential Plant Nutrients in soil, Soil Fertility and Productivity, Soil Flora and Fauna, Nitrogen Fixation.
  5. Formation of Soils: Factors/ Agents of soil formation, Soil Profile, Soil formingProcesses/Pedogenic Processes (Laterization, Podsolization, Calcification Gleization and Salinization).
  6. Soil Erosion & Conservation: Causes and Factors of soil erosion, Soil Degradation, Controlling measures of Soil Loss & Conservation.
  7. Soil Classification: Overview of Soil Classifications, Great Soil Groups of the World (Zonal, Azonal & Intrazonal), USDA Soil Classification Systems.

 Suggested Readings:

  1. Brady, N.C. and Weil, R. (2010). Elements of Nature and Properties of Soils. 3rd ed. Prentice Hall USA.ISBN – 10: 0135014336
  2. Brady, Nyle C and Weil, Ray R (2002). The Nature and Properties of Soils. 13th ed., Pearson-Prentice Hall: USA
  3. Park, Chris (2000). The Environment: Principles & Application. Routledge: London & N.Y.
  4. Robinson, H. (1982). Biogeography Part Two: “Soils-Their Nature, Classification and Use” , MacDonald & Evans : London.
  5. Buchman, Harry O and Nyle c Brady (1971). The Nature and Properties of Soils. Eurasia Publishing: New Delhi.
  6. Strahler, N. Arthur and Strahler, H. Alien. Modern Physical Geography. John Wiley: N.Y.
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