GEO250 Soil and geology in the landscape
Showing course contents for the educational year 2022 - 2023 .
Course responsible: Mona Henriksen
Teachers: Jan Marten Huizenga, Christian Solheim, Danni Pearce, Line Tau Strand
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
The course starts in June block. The course has education and evaluation in June block.
Course frequency: Anually
First time: Study year 2022-2023
B-MILJØ, M-MILJØ, M-LUN.
The landscape around us has a great intrinsic value, at the same time knowledge of and interpretation of the landscape plays an important role in the development and prediction of sustainable ecosystem services. In this course, you will learn to see the connection between bedrock, loose deposits and soil so that you will be better able to make the right choices with regard to land use planning, land use, identification of geo-hazards and utilization of natural resources.
You learn to use different types of maps, geographical information system for mapping landforms, loose deposits and soil. In the field, you will learn to identify and map till, glacial, marine and fluvial deposits, probe in loose material combined with georadar and describe and interpret sediment sections. You will learn to map and describe some typical soils and sampling them and perform some simple soil analyzes. You will be introduced to international terminology and soil classification systems. You will also learn to interpret the connection between bedrock, mineralogy, soil and important soil properties and how external influences such as climate, topography, living organisms and time regulate these.
The course begins with academic preparation at NMBU and then you will, in a group, conduct field investigations in a small area in a lowland area in Eastern Norway. Mapping of soil, loose deposits and landforms is combined with descriptions and sampling - and the connection with the underlying bedrock is investigated. Some simple laboratory analyzes are performed. Furthermore, variations in mountain and fjord landscapes will be investigated on trips to Western Norway, with field surveys in recent glacial areas.
The results of field and laboratory investigations are compiled and presented in groups in a poster and report that will contain a description of the areas and an interpretation of the Quaternary and soil-forming processes that have shaped the landscape we have today.
Exercises, fieldwork, and laboratory work (in groups), demonstrations and lectures. Oral presentation of results. Making of poster and report includes design of figures and maps, statistical processing of simple data, and setup of references.
Articles and other resources
JORD100 and GEO210 or similar.
Submission of a case
- Poster 60%
- Report 40%
Both parts must be passed to pass the course.
Grading system: Passed/Not passed
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).
Reduction of credits:
3 ECTS against GEO211.
External censor will evaluate the reports and course content.
Examination details: Portfolio assessment: Passed / Not Passed