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Educational Resources

Humans and Soil Change

Calhoun gullies
Calhoun gullies
This activity familiarizes students with the environmental and human factors that increase soil erosion, using the southern Piedmont as a case study.

Grades 9 - 12
SoilScience/Pedology • Geomorphology
Computer Activity  • Activity

Educational Objectives

The goals are to:
(1) develop skills and knowledge that relate soil erosion to land cover, slope, and land management and
(2) draw attention to the role of Critical Zone (CZ) science in understanding social and environmental processes that shape managed landscapes.

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Observatory: National CZO • Calhoun CZO

Author(s): Katherine O'Neill (Roanoke College), Daniel Richter (Duke University) and Sarah Sharkey (Penn State)

Funding: National Office of the Critical Zone Observatory Program

Details for this Resource

Additional information on this activity is available at /national/news/story/czo-agi-2020/.