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COURSE INFO PROVIDER: Whitenton Group, Inc
COURSE TITLE: Problem Soils

INSTRUCTORS Richard Griffin

COURSE DESCRIPTION The course is divided evenly between classroom and field instruction providing students guidance on identifying and characterizing areas with potential Problem Soils. The course will cover a specific set of Problem Soils in the rapidly developing areas located to the northwest, southwest, and south of Houston, Texas. These areas include the Katy Prairie and the Brazos River influenced landscapes of the Upper Texas Gulf Coast Prairie. As defined by the Field Indicators of Hydric Soils (Version 8.1) in the Cautions section on page 3, there are hydric soils with morphologies that are difficult to interpret that include: soils with black, gray, or red parent material; soils with high pH; soils with high or low organic matter; recently developed hydric soils; soils with high iron inputs (USDA NRCS, 2017). Problem hydric soils are inherently difficult to interpret and describe due to either chemical or physical conditions within the soil environment.

Credit Points: 0.875

SYLLABUS/TOPICAL OUTLINE View or download the outline here: WGISMT22-029_SecV_12398.pdf

Scott Jecker
3413 Hunter Road, San Marcos, Texas 78666
P: 512-353-3344
F: 512-212-4043


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