Geology 494LI - Livng on Erth:Real-world Is
M W F 11:15AM 12:05PM
Open to juniors and seniors majoring in Earth Systems, Environmental Science, Geography, or Geology. This semester, GEOL404LI will focus on the geoscience issue of soil and soil erosion. The vast majority of the food consumed world-wide grows from soil. Food production will need to increase to keep up with the demand generated by population growth. There is more carbon stored in Earth?s soil than contained in its atmosphere, hence soils play an important role in regulating the carbon cycle. Enhanced sequestration of carbon in soils is often called upon as a solution to mitigate climate change. Humanity relies on soil for food and environmental quality. Yet historical and ongoing soil erosion diminishes agricultural production and degrades carbon stored in soil. The course will explore soils, soil erosion, and soil restoration, with a focus on the world?s major agricultural regions. The course will focus on understanding the history of soil use and degradation and explore solutions for returning carbon to degraded soils, such as the emerging concept of soil-regenerative agriculture.