Mircopedology Laboratory

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The goal of this course is to provide students with the basic knowledge to describe and characterize the soil at the microscope, both for geopedological and interdisciplinary studies.
Expected learning outcomes
Capability to describe soil thin sections at the microscope and to provide their interpretation
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
The lessons will be delivered using the Microsoft Teams platform, synchronous with recording.
The exam will be held remotely in oral form using the Microsoft Teams platform.
The microscope will be used through a video camera connected to the teacher's computer.
Course syllabus
Soil thin sections micromorphology; history of micropedology; undisturbed sampling and thin sections preparation; soil thin sections description; micromorphology of diagnostic materials; micropedology and soil classification; micropedology for palaeoenviromnental reconstructions; archaeological deposits micromorphology.
Prerequisites for admission
To successfully attend this course, the following are recommended (but not mandatory):
- knowledge of the basic concepts of Earth sciences;
- knowledge of the basics of geopedology.
Teaching methods
Lectures - traditional dispensing.
Individual use of the microscope is envisaged.
Teaching Resources
- Cremaschi M. (2000). Manuale di Geoarcheologia. Editori Laterza, Roma-Bari.
- Bullock P., Fedoroff N., Jongerius A., Stoops G. & Tursina T. (1985). Handbook for Soil Thin Section Description. Waine Research Publications, Wolverhampton.
- Stoops G. (2003). Guidelines for analysis and description of soil and regolith thin sections. Soil Science Society of America, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
- Stoops G., Marcelino V. & Mees F. (2018). Interpretation of Micromorphological Features of Soils and Regoliths. Elsevier, Oxford.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of the observation under the microscope of one soil thin section, and an oral discussion with questions relating to the observations conducted, at the end of which a mark expressed out of thirty will be recorded. Honors will be given when the level of preparation is more than excellent. The final evaluation will consider the acquired knowledge (60%) and the ability to organize and illustrate the arguments (30%) and the expository skills (10%).
AGR/14 - PEDOLOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
On appointment
Mangiagalli 34, 2nd floor, room 77
Mon-Fri, 9-11.
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra "Ardito Desio", Via L. Mangiagalli 34, 20133 Milano