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Lesson 2 – Properties of Soils

Soils are slowly produced by the weathering of rock....

Introductory Video

Dr. Mario Tenuta (Soil Microbiologist, University of Manitoba) introduces the lesson:


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Video Playlist

View the playlist for this lesson on our YouTube channel.

Related Links

Soils of Canada

Hosted by the University of Saskatchewan, created by soil scientists from across Canada.

National Soil Database

The national archive for land resources information that was collected by federal and provincial field surveys, or created by land data analysis projects.Includes dynamic maps and other tools.

Soil Conservation Council of Canada

Works with governments, private industry, individuals, non-government organizations and other provincial groups to ensure that soil degradation – a problem which is costing Canadians $2 billion per year – is addressed and ultimately solved.

Smithsonian Institute "Dig It" Exhibition

Discover the amazing world of soils with images and information from the Dig It! The Secrets of Soil exhibit from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

International Fund for Agricultural Development

IFAD is a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. IFAD focuses on country-specific solutions, which can involve increasing rural poor peoples' access to financial services, markets, technology, land and other natural resources.