Soils and Climate

Soils and climate overview
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Play the farming game (greenhouse gases) (PDF)

UNESCO desertification activity (PDF)

Going, Going, Gone? (PDF) from the NSTA Dig In! Book

Tea4Science climate change activity

Vermicomposting activity (PDF)

Black Blizzard: Dust Bowl activity (PDF)

Extra Activities

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Keeping the Soil in Its Place – Utah AITC Dirt: Secrets in the Soil Lessons, exercises, and hands-on activities about causes of erosion and ways to reduce erosion. Designed for elementary students, but parts are appropriate for middle school, particularly the raindrop splash experiment demonstrating how raindrops cause erosion.

Erosion – Dr. Dirt's K-12 Teaching Resources and Activities Photos and descriptions of some of the problems of erosion. Look near the bottom for pictures of erosion in urban settings.

Natural disasters

Weather patterns and climatic regions

UN's video about soils and climate change

News Releases

Soils and Climate

Soils Matter Blog

Soils & Climate: desertification

How can soil help with climate change?


November IYS Newsletter


Special thanks to this month's team of contributors:

Eric Brevik

Kala Budha
Carolina Cordova Martinez
Steven Driese
Alevtina Evgrafova
Maria Hernandez-Soriano
Lauren Michel
Alain F. Plante
Zulfiqar Saqib
Jed Waddell
Chelsea Walsh


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