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Soil Science Notes (Diploma in Agriculture Module I)

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Course: Diploma in Agriculture

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Download Soil Science Notes module 1(Diploma in Agriculture).
Soil IL GENESIS AND CLASSIFICATION
• Introductory geology
• Fundamental concept of soil genesis
• Soil formation
• Weathering of soil
• Soil profile
• Introduction to soil classification
• Land capability and irrigation suitability
• Taxonomy / classification
• Important soils of east Africa
• Salt affected soils
• Hydromorphic soils
SOIL PHYSICS AND SOIL CHEMISTRY
• Soil constituents
• Nature of minerals particles
• Soil moisture characteristics
• Soil aggregate
• Soil colloids
• Clay fraction of soils
• Occurrence and properties of iron and aluminium oxides
• Mineral colloids solution relationship
• Ions in the soil solution
• Soil acidity

SOIL GENESIS AND CLASSIFICATION
Topic objectives.
i) Define soil
ii) Explain soil geology.
iii) Outline various phases of soil.
iv) Describe various types of rocks.
Definition; Soil is a dynamic natural body composed of mineral and organic materials, living forms as well as air in which plants grow.
ELEMENTARY GEOLOGY
Geology is the scientific study of the earth’s crust and formation of rocks and minerals in relation to the sphere factors e.g. climatic factors and volcanic eruptions.
The sphere is divided into four regions;


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