5.1 Introduction to Soil Systems

Soil is a complex system and, like all systems, can be viewed in terms of inputs, outputs, storages and flows. The quality of soil has an influence on, and is influenced by, the productivity of an area.


1The soil profile
2Soil as a system
3Comparing soil types
Chapter Workbook
Vocabulary Sheet

  • Compare the soil composition at several locations using the “jar method” (with measuring cylinders).

Full PSOW here.

Essay Task

“Using the soil system as an example, explain what is meant by the term dynamic ecosystem.” [9 marks]

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Google Docs 5.1 essay

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