The class will be held in Fairbanks and on the Dalton Highway, 13-21 July 2009. Class size is limited to 15 students, so please register early. Registration opens Monday, 23 February 2009.
Study soil geography and soil forming factors such as parent material, landform, vegetation, climate, time, permafrost, and fire along an ecological transect from boreal forest to arctic tundra in northern Alaska. The class emphasizes hands-on experiences on excavating and sampling permafrost-affected soils and diagnosing soil morphological properties. At each site, soil classification and land use
interpretations such as infrastructure development and wetlands will be discussed. Students must provide their own camping gear, be able to walk on uneven or rocky ground, and be physically fit for fieldwork. Prerequisites include a course in soils or the permission of the instructor.
In addition to tuition for the one credit course, there is a $700 field trip fee, which includes the class guidebook, four days of camping, two days of lodging, and all meals from 15-21 July 2009.
Registration begins Monday, 23 February 2009.
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2009 IPY Summer Field Class - Alaska Soil Geography
Tue, Feb 24, 2009
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is pleased to announce the third season of the IPY Summer Field Course: Alaska Soil Geography, taught by Professor Chien-Lu Ping.