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  1. Vol. 38 No. 1, p. 238

    * Corresponding author(s): mmamo3@unl.edu
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Soil Genesis and Development, Lesson 1: Rocks, Minerals, and Soils

  1. Dennis McCallistera,
  2. Christoph Geissb,
  3. Martha Mamo *a,
  4. Timothy Kettlera,
  5. James Ippolitoc,
  6. Ronald Reuterd,
  7. Patricia Mornera and
  8. Jody Soestere
  1. a Dep. of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska, 279 Plant Science, Lincoln, NE 68583
    b Dep. of Physics, Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT 06106
    c USDA-ARS-NWISRL, 3793 North 3600 East, Kimberly, ID 83341-5076
    d Oregon State University, 2600 NW College Way-Cascades Hall, Bend, OR 97701
    e Cherry Co. 4-H and Youth Development, 132 S. Hall St., Valentine, NE 69201


Most soil parent materials were rocks at some time in their history. The minerals in rocks may contribute to soil fertility and other soil properties long after the original rock is gone. Consequently, it is a valuable skill to be able to identify broad categories of rock. This lesson will discuss igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks and the minerals found in them. The lesson will also provide opportunities for students to identify rocks based on given characteristics.

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