Course code LauZ2058

Credit points 1.50

Geology Soil Science II

Total Hours in Course40

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for laboratory classes8

Independent study hours24

Responsible UnitInstitute of Soil and Plant Science

Course developer


Roberts Vucāns

Dr. agr.

Course abstract

The study course provide knowledge of soil forming processes and factors, soil profile development, soil properties, genesis and classification, ecological functions.The aim of learning course is get to know the soil, using it rationally and protecting as important and indispensable component of the ecosystem.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge and understanding about the basic soil formation processes, soil genesis, soil properties, about soil classification. To obtain skills in morphological, physical and chemical analytical methods, in critical analysis of obtained information, in data processing and interpretation metodology. Development of ability for decision making and advisory activities in field of soil related issues.

Compulsory reading

1. Nikodemus O., Kārkliņš A., Kļaviņš M., Melecis V. Augsnes ilgtspējīga izmantošana un aizsardzība. Rīga: LU Akadēmiskais apgāds, 2008. 254 lpp.
2. Latvijas augšņu noteicējs. A. Kārkliņa red. Jelgava: LLU, 2009. 240 lpp.
3. Augsnes diagnostika un apraksts. Sast. A. Kārkliņš. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 336 lpp.
4. Ģeoloģija, augsne, agroķīmija: Metodiskie norādījumi mācību praksei. Prof. A. Kārkliņa red. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 88 lpp.

Further reading

1. Stinkule A., Kļaviņš M. Ģeoķīmijas pamati. Rīga: LU, 2000. 255 lpp.
2. Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment. Ed. in chief D. Hillel. Amsterdam ... [etc.]: Elsevier Academic Press, 2005. Vol. I: 548 p.; vol. II: 542 p., vol. III: 570 p., vol. IV: 459 p.
3. Soil Atlas of Europe. European Soil Bureau Network, European Commission. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2005. 128 p.