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FutureLearn Soils: Introducing the World Beneath Our Feet

Lancaster University via FutureLearn

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  1. FutureLearn
    Lancaster University
    4 weeks
    3 hours/week
    Paid Certificate Available
    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.
    What topics will you cover?
    • Basic soil science - what is soil made of
    • Soil organisms - why soil microbes are so important
    • The rise and fall of civilisations and how they depend on soils
    • The impact of climate change on soils
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