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Robert B. Harrison
ESRM 311
Seattle Campus

Soils and Land Use

Intended for students concerned with environmental problems in the Puget Sound basin; also for those who intend to become professionally involved in land-planning decisions. Focus is on the significance of soils in understanding environmental problems and in promoting intelligent land-use decisions. Basic concepts of soil systems are presented, stressing those aspects important in making land-planning decisions. Offered: W.

Class description

Intended for students concerned with environmental problems in the Puget Sound basin; also for those who intend to become professionally involved in land-planning decisions. Focus is on the significance of soils in understanding environmental problems and in promoting intelligent land-use decisions. Basic concepts of soil systems are presented, stressing those aspects important in making land-planning decisions.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Weekly field trips cover the general and specific nature and properties of soils in the Seattle area. We'll initially visit areas that show the different soils we see, and then proceed to sites with specific problems and approaches to soils and land use. We'll discuss alternative strategies in considering soil properties in land use.

Recommended preparation

No requirements.

Class assignments and grading

Course is centered around weekly field trips. Students will keep a field notebook and record what they see as well as interpret this in terms of their own fields of study.

50% field notebook 40% project 10% peer reviews of student presentations


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Robert B. Harrison
Date: 10/25/2006