Book Title: Soils Laboratory Manual

Subtitle: K-State Edition, Version 2.0

Authors: Colby Moorberg and David Crouse

Book Description: The Soils Laboratory Manual, K-State Edition is designed for students in undergraduate, introductory soil science courses. The manual highlights the multidisciplinary aspects of soil science with laboratories focused on soil formation, classification, and mapping; soil physics, soil biology; soil chemistry; and soil fertility and management.

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The Soils Laboratory Manual, K-State Edition is designed for students in undergraduate, introductory soil science courses. The manual highlights the multidisciplinary aspects of soil science with laboratories focused on soil formation, classification, and mapping; soil physics, soil biology; soil chemistry; and soil fertility and management. The lab manual includes 16 different laboratories, each one starting with an introduction and pre-lab assignment, followed by in-lab activities, and complimented by a post-lab assignment. In-lab activities involve field trips, experiments, observation stations, or problem sets. Post-lab assignments include online quizzes, problem sets, or laboratory summary reports.

Version 2 of the lab manual exhibits a completely new design with improved functionality and accessibility. In addition to a PDF, Version 2 is available in MOBI and EPUB eBook formats and as a web book. A new laboratory, the SoilWeb Field Trip, was added to Version 2 along with significant revisions to the Compost Facility Field Trip and Soil Carbon and Respiration laboratories. The recommended readings in each laboratory now include links to free, online resources in place of conventional textbook reading assignments.

The Soils Laboratory Manual, K-State Edition is used in the AGRON 305 – Soils course at Kansas State University, and is based on the Soils Laboratory Manual, NC State Edition used in the SSC 201 – Soil Science Laboratory course at North Carolina State University. The Soils Laboratory Manual, K-State Edition was originally published by New Prairie Press in 2017, and was included as a supplement to ‘An Open-Source Laboratory Manual for Introductory Undergraduate Soil Science Courses’ in Natural Sciences Education, Vol. 46:170013, https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/nse/articles/46/1/170013. Supporting materials, assignments, and instructor versions of the lab manual are available at open.soilscience.info. The lab manual is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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Colby Moorberg and David Crouse

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Soils Laboratory Manual by Colby J. Moorberg & David A. Crouse is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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Soil science and management

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Title
Soils Laboratory Manual
Authors
Colby Moorberg and David Crouse
Contributors
Maurice Cook, Kim Hay, Larry King, Joseph Kleiss, Connie McDowell, Michel D. Ransom, Nora Ransom, Lloyd Stone, and James Thompson
License

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Soils Laboratory Manual by Colby J. Moorberg & David A. Crouse is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Soils Laboratory Manual: K-State Edition, Version 2.0

Copyright © 2017, 2019, 2021 Colby J. Moorberg and David A. Crouse

New Prairie Press, Kansas State University Libraries, Manhattan, Kansas

Electronic edition available at: https://newprairiepress.org/ebooks/39
Updated August 2019

Instructor copies and other supporting materials are available at: open.soilscience.info

The original version was also published as a supplement to ‘An Open-Source Laboratory Manual for Introductory Undergraduate Soil Science Courses’ in Natural Sciences Education, Vol. 46:170013.

Cover design by: Colby J. Moorberg with photos by John Kelley, Stan Buol, and Kansas State Research and Extension.

Contribution no. 21-205-B of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station.

Primary Subject
Soil science and management
Additional Subject(s)
Agronomy and crop production, Environmental science, engineering and technology, Conservation of the environment, Earth sciences, Agricultural science
Publisher
New Prairie Press
Publication Date
February 2, 2021
Print ISBN
978-1-944548-35-3
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#SoilsLabManual