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A black box with "Soils" label
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A selection of plant samples, tools, and books in a black box.
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A selection of plant samples and garden tools in a black box.
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A selection of tools and rock samples in a black box.
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Soils Toolbox

Why is forest soil different from desert soil? What organisms are able to survive in the harsh alpine ecosystem? Learn about the processes that contribute to soil formation in Utah's amazing landscape.

What's in the Soils Toolbox?

Tools:  
Sieve, Soil Thermometers, Trowel, Microscope Slides (8), Soil Sampler (includes boring rod), Magnifying lenses, Clear rulers

Specimens:

Mole skull, Mormon Cricket, Tiger Beetle & Grasshopper, Juncus, Willow, Morning Glory, Dandelion, Austrian Pine, Oregon Grape, Cactus, Mormon Tea, Sage, Rabbitbrush, Aster; Insects in Vials:  Pill Bug (Crustacea: Isopodalem), Earwig (Dermaptera), Water Strider (Hempitera: Gerridae), Ants (Hymenoptera), Centipede (Chilopoda), Velvet Ants (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae); Sand, Silt, Clay, Topsoil, Subsoil (see parent rocks), Mivida (Utah’s State Soil), 2 Parent rocks, Sediment Column

Printed materials:
A Handful of Dirt by Raymond Bial, Dirt by Steve Tomecek, Dig in Hands-On Soil Investigations by NSTA press, Backyard Detective Critters up Close by Nic Bishop,  Life in a Bucket of Soil by A. and V. Silverstein, Soils Science Simplified by H. Kohnke, Soil Digging Into Earth's Vital Resource by D.R. Stille, Diary of a Worm by D. Cronin, Wiggling Worms at Work by Wendy Pfeffer, Globe Soil Color Chart


Teaching Toolboxes include relevant curriculum tied to Utah State Core Curriculum Standards

 

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