Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Know Soil, Know Life

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Know Soil, Know Life

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Know Soil, Know Life By David L. Lindbo, Deb A. Kozlowski, and Clay Robinson. $40. 206 pp. Soil Science Society of America. Madison, WI. 2012. ISBN: 9780891189541.

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This soil science text explains the relationships between soil and food, clothing, shelter, and water. In 206 pages, the book presents readers with a logical introduction to soil science topics, including physical properties of soil, soil biology, soil chemistry, and soil classification. The material can help teachers create interdisciplinary lessons in health, art, chemistry, and history.

The first chapter asks, "What is soil?" and compares soil with inert dirt. In Chapter 4, "Chemical Properties of Soil: Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management," readers learn about soil properties and how they affect nutrient supply to plants. Chapter 8, "Soil and Society," discusses the impact of soil on warfare and art and covers soil's role in the collapse of past civilizations, including the one on Easter Island, and in historical events such as World War I and the war in Vietnam. The book also addresses modern problems such as desertification and deforestation. …

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